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Michael Jordan Wears #12 Jersey

August 23, 2012 BY / 15

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Did you catch the first installment of Sneaker News: Was It The Shoes? We happily revisited the legendary story of Michael Jordan’s first return to Madison Square Garden after his first come-back, scoring an astounding fifty-five points in what would be one of his greatest in-game performances ever – all while wearing the Air Jordan X ‘Chicago’. We continue Was It The Shoes? with another scintillating story that doesn’t have much to do with in-game performance, but in-game apparel; Michael Jordan, who made #23 a legend and #45 infamous, also wore the #12 jersey for one game. Read up on this latest Michael Jordan moment by finding out when and why he wore this number (as well as the kicks he had on during the time) with tonight’s installment of Was It The Shoes? below!


The number 23 has become more than a jersey number. It’s a number that became an adjective, used to describe anything spectacular and absolutely perfect and nearly impossible to duplicate. If you’re wearing the #23 on your jersey, you better live up to the billing or be prepared for the backlash if your game is anything short of Jordan in Game 6. It’s undeniably the holiest of digits in professional basketball and arguably all of sports, and the debate of whether the NBA should implement a league-wide retirement of the #23 still continues today. But before we get into the #12 and how this oddity came to happen, let’s take a closer look on why and how ’23’ came to play.

In his youth, Michael Jordan absolutely admired his older brother Larry. He was a basketball standout and Jordan’s senior teammate in High School, and Michael believed he had possessed only half the skills of his older brother. Larry wore the number 45, so Michael decided to chop that figure in half and round up, resulting in the number 23. Of course, Michael would go on to cement ’23’ into the stuff of legends, although he did wear the number 45 when he came back from retirement in the Spring of 1995 as well as the number ‘9’ in International play in 1984 and 1992. However, somewhere in-between, Michael actually wore another number for just one game in an oft-forgotten and wildly entertaining piece of Jordan history.

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bJWALKINrivers
bJWALKINrivers

I'm glad I was alive to watch him play live and not on recordings, so many people missed out on true great moments live

XtianMiranda
XtianMiranda

many nba players suffered the jersey no. 23 curse. live up to the expectations or drop the number.

DreamChaser
DreamChaser

Damn after all these years i wonder were that jersey is at. The dude most likely has it framed and has it in his basement somewhere. Man I would be happy to own a priceless thing like that.

BoricuaSole
BoricuaSole

I always thought about jordan releasing those fire reds with a #12 on the side as a missing jersey special edition.

Dezfriednutz
Dezfriednutz

Cool. Now just release the grapes and laneys and I'm good for next year

Lilmr81
Lilmr81

I wish Nike would release this jersey in honor of this game maybe with next years fire red v's like he wore in that magic game where he wore the number 12??? Nike if you are reading this JUST DO IT!!!! And if you do can I get a little love by not making it a uber limited release that I have no shot of getting unless I mug someone in a mall parking lot. Jk I would never do that!!!!

ABoog
ABoog

looks like the old video games wear nobody could be jordan and he had no name on his jersey

rell21
rell21

@XtianMiranda like lebron

rell21
rell21

@BoricuaSole that a good thought too bad if Nike take that they will make millions and u will get blood sweat and tear trying to get that shoes

Josiah
Josiah

 @Lilmr81  Theres no way you can request something like this and expect it not to be limited, most people who wear jordans these days didn't even know Jordan wore a #12 jersey, and even if they did, it was only once, so for the moment where jordan wore the #12 to be so rare, why wouldn't the shoes be rare?

AkPifstar
AkPifstar

 @ABoog Ahhhh man Im glad im old enough to remember that and young enough to experience the Jordan Experience through NBA2K. 

NaserOsman
NaserOsman

 @rell21  @XtianMiranda LeBron dropped the #23 because Miami has that number retired... not because he couldn't live up to the expectations.

Lilmr81
Lilmr81

@Josiah I'm not talking about the shoes being limited I'm talking about the jersey. Your point is exactly what I hope all these 16-20 year old kids wouldn't even know why Nike released a no name #12 jersey unless it got hyped up. All Nike would have to do is quietly release it around the same time as the fire reds which should be a rather general release. As far as the jersey being limited of course it would be. My point is don't make it where I have to buy a lottery ticket for 10-20 bucks just for a shot to pay 300 for the fing jersey.



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