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From The Other Side: Wizards vs Nets — Spencer Dinwiddie and His Magical Shoes

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Updated: December 2, 2018

Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie did not exactly have a memorable game in the 88-102 loss to the Washington Wizards. In 28 minutes, he shot just 3-for-9 for eight points, although he did manage to tie his season-high with eight assists.

Dinwiddie and the rest of his Nets teammates looked lethargic on both ends of the floor, which was perfectly understandable considering the Nets dropped a heartbreaking double-overtime game to the Memphis Grizzlies the previous night.

But off the court–more specifically, on his feet–Dinwiddie was winning in a big way.

Dinwiddie has his own shoe line for the first time in his basketball career, thanks to a company called K8IROS (pronounced KY-ros) which specializes in making shoes that have both a full-length foam sole and a meaningful message.

So far this season, Dinwiddie’s shoes have featured the likes of Langston Hughes, Nelson Mandela, Frederick Douglass and the late Stan Lee. For the game against the Washington Wizards, he chose to feature Harriet Tubman, the abolitionist/activist, who escaped from slavery and rescued other slaves, family and friends via the Underground Railroad.

It isn’t every day that one sees the likeness of Harriet Tubman on any shoe, let alone the shoe of an NBA player during an NBA game. On that premise alone, it behooved me to ask Dinwiddie a few questions about those shoes specifically, and the line in general.

Rashad Mobley: What was the thought behind the Harriet Tubman shoe?

Spencer Dinwiddie: She was born in [Dorchester County] Maryland, so obviously that’s in the DMV area. And when you come back to the nation’s capital, where there’s a lot of slave history–last month I did Frederick Douglass, who spent a lot of his life out here–that’s kind of the mentality behind it.

RM: Is this the first season you’ve done this?

Dinwiddie: Yeah, this is the first season I’ve had my own shoe, so we’re trying to do something different with a lot of my custom touch on different historical figures, and things of that nature. I think that’s something we kind of lose sight of. This game is entertainment, but there also happens to be real life out there and there are things that we need to think about as cultural leaders.

RM: What kind of feedback have you gotten from other players and your teammates?

Dinwiddie: It’s much all positive. People kind of think what I’m doing is dope. But you know, I’m really just kind of having fun with it. It just took somebody to step out on a limb, and the right partners obviously, because it’s not like I could physically build the shoe myself—that’s not my expertise, so, you know, thank you to my partners that actually help build it. And congrats to the artist that draws it and is able to execute that, and we’re able to have fun with it.

RM: Do you think you’ve educated anyone so far?

Dinwiddie: [chuckles] Uh, we’ll see. I don’t know yet, but I hope so. I certainly hope so.

 

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Rashad Mobley
Reporter/Writer at TAI
Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.