There are basketball fans and there are New York Knicks fans. And then there’s Robert Gordon, a Queens native who was so inspired by Carmelo Anthony’s workouts and pickup basketball videos, he had a hood stitched into an authentic Melo jersey.
— Robert Gordon (@RobbieFingers) September 15, 2017
But the very first Hoodie Melo jersey isn’t something that materialized overnight. It was the climax of a friendship between Gordon and the designer Squeaksz, who said yes when other tailors and designers said no. “I spoke with [Squeaksz] and asked, ‘Yo you can do this?’ and he said, ‘100 percent,’” Gordon said in a phone interview with SB Nation. “The work he did just blew my mind. It was above the caliber I thought was possible.”
Gordon, who goes by Robbie, has been a Knicks fan his entire life. As he tells it, he “was born into this.” His earliest memory was during the 1994 NBA Finals, when New York blew a 3-2 series lead against Hakeem Olajuwon’s Houston Rockets.
Those playoffs started off promising, but ended with a three-year-old Robbie crying on the floor.
Since then, Gordon’s been inseparable from his Knicks. He’s collected over 40 Knicks jerseys, including a 50th anniversary John Starks jersey and the Christmas-themed green Timofey Mozgov one.
Basketball jerseys have been stitched into the fiber of Robbie’s being. But the idea for this particular jersey formed when Gordon saw videos of a hooded Carmelo Anthony working out with trainer Chris Brickley in an empty gym in lower Manhattan.
#Hoodie Season @carmeloanthony // All of these 3s are out of Rhythm deep NBA threes….. In rhythm are easy! Out of Rhythm is not an easy shot, especially from 3! Melo pushes himself to the limit every single workout. You might not like it but you GOTTA respect it //#WeGrindingCuzThatsAllWeKno // #TheAcademy
“It started with those 2 a.m. workout videos of Melo,” he said. “He started posting all these videos of him hitting these crazy shots, a scissor-kick Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway off the wrong leg, little lefty sky hooks. He’s just playing God-mode basketball in an empty gym.”
Then Robbie stumbled upon this: a Microsoft Paint meme of Melo in a jersey that had a hoodie fixed onto it.
The result was something that’s never been done, and if it has, it’s never garnered this much attention. Gordon’s tweet, featuring four photos of himself in the jersey, was re-shared more than 1,500 times and was liked by more than 3,000 accounts. It’s been picked up by Kulture Hub, Bleacher Report, and Clutch Point. The jersey originally started as a one-of-one. But according to both Robbie and Squeaksz, that could change very soon.