April 2, 2012 BY John Kim / 65
Who is Johnny Kilroy? This entertaining story arch was developed during Michael’s first retirement – a fictional basketball player that gained some notoriety in the semi-pro basketball circuits for his amazing talents that later scored 79 points in one quarter for the Chicago Bulls. It wasn’t until an expose, led by comedian Steve Martin, revealed that Kilroy was in fact Michael Jordan himself – even confirmed by Alonzo Mourning who played against Kilroy during that game. Unknown to Nike (or even Kilroy), Michael would say ‘enough is enough’ and return to the NBA for real, leaving Johnny Kilroy to be forever forgotten (although it’s clear that not much investigative work had to be done).
In 2012, Jordan Brand will revisit one of the most entertaining stories of the Air Jordan legacy by releasing a special edition colorway if the Air Jordan IX dubbed the ‘Johnny Kilroy'; as seen here in this first teaser shot, the Johnny Kilroy IX features a Black/Metallic Platinum-Gym Red colorway – a similar version to the one worn by Kilroy in those hilarious ads. Check out more of this first look at the Air Jordan IX ‘Johnny Kilroy’ below and stick with Sneaker News for more updates! Photos via 23penny1
Air Jordan IX ‘Johnny Kilroy’
Black/Metallic Platinum-Gym Red
wow Olives gonna drop that's grail shit right there....the other ones cool too but the Olives is the must have...really would take any cause I've never had 9s
Hmmm. I don't know why people say they fucked up the charcoal nines. That sneaker grew more on me and Im not a big fan of the nines. Although I do like the charcoal and olive nines. These kilroys I'm not going to buy. Nowadays I guess someone could google info about a sneaker and remember everything they read, and be considered knowledgeable. So really who is who these days in this sneaker community? People should buy what they like, and create your own history with them. Like Larry Johnson's sneaker the back jams, i remember the whole era, what was on tv, quotes we would all say when we were younger, the cars that were out, the music at that time, and to me that's a part of knowing the history at that time, not JUST the history of the shoe, but how an individual felt when they had theirs....
I honestly thought kilroys are the best colourway from picture above. Maybe because Im a big Raiders fan. I hope all haters will pass so I can get mine easier.
The killroys look good to me i like different colors on kicks and to those so called "real sneakerheads" grow the hell up and let people buy what they want honestly and also it takes a h y p ebeast to call someone else a h y p ebeast.
Hype on olives already building. Hypebeasts killin a classic. Where were you kids ten years ago when these were 49.99 at foot action?
All 4 of those CW's are ill imo. Obviously the Cool Grey's and Olive's have been dope for a while but I like the Kilroy CW too. I'm glad I waited on buying a pair of 9's.
COOL GREYS ND OLIVES.........EVERYBODY HATED THE 0LIVES BACK IN 2002.......BUT ITS GONNA BE DIFFERENT THIS TIME.....
you gotta be kidding me, they should just re-release the FLIGHT 45's instead of these wack retro 9s! you guys have NO taste in kicks, #trilltalking
Olives? Clearance rack for months when they first came out. Now everyone wants em? They were like $50.00 at the outlet and no one ever bought them. Sorry, olives ugly as Shit. Worst colorway of the 9z releasing this year.
copping a pair of olives so i dont needa wear my 2002 retro anymore, not tryna take chances with those before they start crumbling..and those carolina blue 9s seems like theyll be pretty decent as well
i am not a huge ix fan but the penny pe cw is dope! not sure i am copping but i like the black/photo blue cw...not really feelin the johnny kilroy ..the olives an CG are what they are....we all know the drill with those cw's
The olives are a must and the rest I'm gonna have to see in person first. But they all have potential!!!
Out Of The 4 Comin Out The Kilroys The Best... I Probably Grab A Pair Of Olives Just To Rock Wit Camos
i still have that johnny kilroy basketball card from upperdeck lol...these are ok...but i really need those olives!!!
wow u said it all homie...sneakers is just one thing that connects us to memories...like good music and old friends...who cares what a site says is hot I have eyes I have my tastes and desires and I get what I like not what a site says is hot
we obviously were too young to know all the history about michael jordan. i was 6 years old man how do you expect me to know what an olive jordan 9 is? my parents arent sneakerheads
Lmao, Year of the 9s? Do you see those 9s? Only ones I'm getting for sure are the olives and depending on how my money is and what other releases drop ill get them cool grey 9s.