Before They Were Pros: Air Jordan Edition – Part 1
In an era when Magic Johson and Larry Bird were closing out their respective careers, Michael Jordan emerged as the next idol of idols for young ballers across the nation to emulate. Before former League MVPs Allen Iverson and Dirk Nowitzki, as well as NBA Champions Lamar Odom and Ron Artest, made names for themselves in the NBA, they all grew up looking up to Michael Jordan as a blueprint of success of sorts. Needless to say, they all displayed an affinity for Air Jordans during their collegiate and pre-NBA days, and even Kevin Garnett had love for ‘Baldy’ during his formative years in Minnesota. Check out this great gallery of NBA pros rocking Jordans during their earlier days, and while you may expect some guys to rock Jordans, you will surely be surprised at a few. via Kenlu and NT.
Allen Iverson – Air Jordan XI
Kevin Garnett – Air Jordan XII
Jason Kidd – Air Jordan 1
Steve Smith – Air Jordan III & Others
Ron Artest – Air Jordan XIV