July 30, 2012 BY Brendan Dunne / 5
Toni Kukoc’s relationship with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls has been an interesting one over the years. It took a while for the Bulls to get him stateside; they first drafted him 29th overall in 1990 but general manager Jerry Krause failed to woo him into making the move (Michael Jordan famously refused to help convince Kukoc, giving out the excuse of “I don’t speak no Yugoslavian”). While his stateside debut remained in limbo Michael and Scottie Pippen both got a chance at Kukoc during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, both players putting a target on Kukoc and effectively shutting him down throughout the course of that match against Croatia.
Things got a bit better after that, with Kukoc eventually making his way to Chicago in time for Michael’s second three-peat and apparently garnering the respect of Jordan Brand down the stretch, with these two fairly recent PE’s cranked out before his 2006 retirement. Both the ‘Metallic’ and ‘Fire Red’ pairs of the Air Jordan V keep their OG combos intact, planting Kukoc’s number 7 on the back embroidery. Click through to check them out and bit on this awesome set of Air Jordan V Toni Kukoc PE’s now from cnoriega_2007 on eBay.