Phil B: This is an off-the-field chat. Tell us something fun or interesting about yourself.
Donte: For me, it would be shoes. I’m a shoe freak.
Phil B: Really? Tell me about it.
Donte: Yeah, man, I’m real bad with shoes.
Phil B: Like you’ve got tons of them?
Donte: (Air) Jordans, I’m just a sneakerhead. Anything that comes out, I’ve got to get it.
Phil B: Why is that?
Donte: I don’t know, man. I just fell in love with shoes.
Phil B: Because of when you were a kid?
Donte: Growing up, it was kind of rough. We didn’t get all the shoes that we wanted. So once I was able to get the shoes I wanted, it just got bad. From that point on, I’ve been getting every kind of shoes that I wanted.
Phil B: What’s the best pair that you have?
Donte: The best pair I have are probably the Ray Allen Jordan 11s.
Phil B: Ray Allen got his name on Jordans?
Donte: Yeah, nice. Gold, red and white.
Phil B: I saw LeBron James last year and he had like this gold Lion head on his shoes.
Donte: Yeah, he’s got nice shoes. I’ve got a lot of LeBrons also.
Phil B: You’ve seen those, too?
Donte: Oh yeah. There’s a lot of things going on with sneakers right now, man. There’s a lot of people who are sneakerheads, so you’ve got to come out with more stuff to get people to buy.
Phil B: Your’e smiling. How many pairs of sneakers do you own?
Donte: Close to 105.
Phil B: You own 105 pair? Not that you’re counting.
Donte: Nah, I don’t count. But it’s close to that.
Phil B: So you might not get around to wearing a pair …
Donte: For a long, long, long time. Yeah. And I can’t miss any pair or Jordans that come out, I’ve got to get ‘em.
Phil B: Jordans? Are they all Jordans or most of them?
Donte: Most of them are Jordans, 80 percent of them are Jordans.
Phil B: What are you wearing now?
Donte: Jordan 10s.
Phil B: Those are your casual walk-around Jordans?
Donte: Yeah, just to walk around.
Phil B: Because you’ve probably got different shoes for different things?
Donte: Yeah, got to.
Phil B: So if you’re going out and you want to look stylish?
Donte: When I go out and want to look stylish, I probably put on the 4s, Jordan 4s.
Phil B: What do you wear on Christmas?
Donte: Christmas, I probably wear the Jordan 5s.
Phil B: If you’re clubbing with the fellas?
Donte: The fellas, probably wear the Foams, the Penny Hardaway Foams.
Phil B: So you’ve got it all. Does anybody in the locker room tease you about it?
Donte: No, there’s a lot of sneakerheads in here. Jonathan Newsome is a sneakerhead. ‘Boom’ (Dan Herron) is a sneakerhead. There’s a lot of sneakerheads. Ricky Jean (Francois) is a bad sneakerhead, also.
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