While some celebrate Nike’s annual Air Max Day by copping the latest designs, styles and color-ways, the legendary designer of the iconic sneaker is cooking up his latest collaboration idea: create a custom design for Stephen Curry.
Tinker Hatfield, who has worked with the iconic sneaker brand on a plethora of designs in addition to the Air Max, recently shared that the basketball superstar is one of the top people he would like to work with next.
“I would love to design a shoe for Steph Curry,” Hatfield told GQ in a recent interview. “I think he’s an amazing player and I love watching him perform, and certainly he would be right up there in the top of my list as someone I’d love to work with.”
However, some of Hatfield’s colleagues at Nike may have prevented his dream client from wanting to work from him due to a recent meeting going sour.
Curry’s father, former NBA player Dell Curry, talked about how the meeting went badly, spilling the tea on how his son’s name was mispronounced without correction and how the presentation seemed to be lazily put together.
However, the biggest obstacle that could prevent Hatfield from designing for Curry is how his competition is prioritized over him.
"They have certain tiers of athletes," Dell Curry told ESPN while recounting the meeting at Nike. "They have Kobe, LeBron and Durant, who were their three main guys. If he signed back with them, we're on that second tier."
While Steph Curry won’t let his competition get in the way of his goals, a sneaker collaboration might fall lower on the priority list while he works on proving Nike wrong. Sorry, Hatfield.
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