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With the release of the Under Armour basketball line finally upon us, Sole Collector sat down for an exclusive interview with Brandon Jennings to talk about his first signature shoe: the Micro G Black Ice. Here’s the very first look at excerpts from that interview, and be on the lookout for the full interview in the upcoming Sole Collector basketball preview issue, coming soon.

Brandon Jennings talks about the Under Armour Basketball launch.

Sole Collector: What I want in a shoe is . . .

Brandon Jennings: Something different. I wanted something that I would play in. I’m a real picky guy when it comes to shoes. It has to be hot, it has to feel light when I’m in it, to be fast. Obviously, I’m fast. Just something different, and not something that everyone else is wearing.

Brandon Jennings talks about the Under Armour Basketball launch.My favorite colorway is . . .

All black. I was real impressed with the movie “Dark Knight,” and I wanted to make sure my shoe was all black. I have a Camaro that’s just all black, and it’s kind of like the Batmobile. I like black, and black can go with everything. With these shoes, I can rock them with jeans like now, and that means I’m gonna rock ’em a bunch.

The Micro G Black Ice is inspired by . . .

The strap is from my AP watch, and the stitching on it recognizes my family – my mom and my brother. The cut is just the gumby haircut. [laughs] I rock so many hairstyles, you just never know. Also, I wanted to have an ice bottom. I always wanted to have a clear gum bottom shoe. It was important that we had that, and that was basically it. Why it’s called “Black Ice” is because of the air freshener in my car. I always keep a new Black Ice in my car, wherever I go.

We waited two years to launch our first basketball because . . .

I just felt like we should take our time. There was no rush. Everybody was waiting for it, and we had Nike nervous, and they didn’t know when were going to come out with what, so it was just patience. We had patience and we have the right shoe, we have the right development, and everything was right about the shoe. You just can’t be in such a rush to just put a shoe out there and then have things go wrong. So, we wanted to make sure that we had the right shoe and we were able to be patient and take our time. There was no rush.

My shoe launch is finally here, and . . .

It’s a great feeling, but I’m still in the middle. It’s a humbling experience because of everything I’ve been through from two years ago. To be here launching my signature shoe, it’s a dream come true. Everybody dreams about being in the NBA and also having their own shoe. To even have that is a great feeling.

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Under Armour Micro G Black Ice

Under Armour Micro G Lite

Under Armour Micro G Fly

Brandon Jennings talks about the Under Armour Basketball launch.

Brandon Jennings talks about the Under Armour Basketball launch.