The first Donovan's Mitchell's signature basketball shoes D.O.N. Issue 1 were presented in an extraordinary way - an interview by two young students. For this purpose, adidas collaborated with Greenwich Country Day School, where the basketball player himself studied. Rory Ashmeade and Blaise New talked to Donovan Mitchell about his history and the birth of the shoes.
"The message I want to spread with my shoes is that your age, younger or older, you have to believe that you can achieve everything. I want my story to be told - how it all happened. You know, this is just my second year in the NBA league, and I already have my shoes. I want to inspire young people to believe they can do everything. You don't have to be a rookie of the year or even be a basketball player. I want to send this positive message to everyone and inspire young people to believe they can be whatever they want.” - Mitchell said.
D.O.N. The Issue 1 name is derived from the phrase that guides player - Determination Over Negativity. Issue 1 also presents basketball player's love for comics - the idea is borrowed from comics books.
Utah Jazz guard boots will also show his nickname Spida, which means spider - this is what his logo shows. Mitchell got this nickname at a young age - because of his hobby to slam the ball. The young man's ability to impress this world has been proven in his first year in the NBA league - he won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, overcoming such gravity-free rivals as Victor Oladipo, Larry Nance Jr and Dennis Smith Jr.
"My teammate's dad gave me this nickname and it has been with me for a long time. I had it, but for a while nobody used it. When my career began to progress, everyone started to call me Spida, and it has become commonplace." - Mitchell told.
Donovan Mitchell is pleased to be among the adidas players such as Derrick Rose, James Harden and Damian Lillard: "It is a great honor to be in the same category with such basketball players. Personally, I know Lillard and Harden, so it's very important to me. I would never have thought about friendship with them before. For me it is a blessing that I will never forget. ”
The basketball player talked about the desire for his name shoes to be available to everyone: "I wanted to work with adidas and at the same time find ways to make shoes available to anyone who wants to wear them."
We look forward to see more impressive performances at the NBA arenas from Mitchell rocking these!