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MICHAEL JORDAN Michael Jordan is a former NBA athlete who is widely considered the greatest player in the history of the game. He is a crucial figure in the sneaker world as the center of the incredibly successful Air Jordan line of sneakers, a collection that has been at the center of the footwear world since its inception in 1985. Michael Jordan continues to be involved with the game of basketball via his part ownership in the Charlotte Bobcats.

Ichiro Wears OG Carmine VI While Meeting Michael Jordan in 1995

March 6th, 2013 by | 18 comments

ichiro meets michael jordan in carmine vi 95 Ichiro Wears OG Carmine VI While Meeting Michael Jordan in 1995

In the 90s, it was tough to find someone who didn’t have a pair of Air Jordans on their feet at some point.; it wasn’t a ‘sneakerhead’ thing, but simply a display of reverence to the most dominate athlete in the world – period. Michael’s influence was definitely measurable on the global scale (the Air Jordan IX was a direct tribute to that), with one particular example of Jordan’s reach being this forgotten meeting between Michael and a then-unknown Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro was just 22 years old at the time and only beginning to make a name for himself in Japan (he wouldn’t reach the Major Leagues until 2001), and during this meet-and-greet, the star-struck Ichiro wore an original pair of the Air Jordan VI ‘Carmine’ – quite the impressive on-feet display considering the shoes were roughly four years old at that point.

Even Michael, who was wearing the Concord XI,¬† couldn’t help but point out Ichiro’s kicks by mentioning “Nice shoes!”. That’s right, Ichiro; before you were an MLB MVP and ROY, you were breaking Jordan’s neck with a pair of his own shoes. What did Ichiro get out of this meeting? Aside from meeting his sports idol, he managed to cop an autographed message, but more importantly, Jordan may have motivated Ichiro to become the “Jordan” of Japanese baseball and go on to have a Hall of Fame career in the Major Leagues. Check out this rare and forgotten footage and try to spot Ichiro’s OG Carmines!

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Michael Jordan’s MJ50 Birthday Party

February 18th, 2013 by | 23 comments

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No doubt one of the tougher events to find your way into at this weekend’s 2013 NBA All-Star weekend was Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday party. The star studded event serendipitously lined up with the arrival of the Air Jordan XX8, an alignment reflected by the pairs popping up on the red carpet. Hit the jump with us for a photo recap from the red carpet including guests like Nas, Ludacris, Chris Paul, Wale, Bun B, Carmelo Anthony, Tinker Hatfield and the birthday man himself Michael Jordan.

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50 Iconic Michael Jordan Photos

February 17th, 2013 by | 6 comments

50 iconic michael jordan photos 50 Iconic Michael Jordan Photos

Half a century ago, the greatest basketball player and perhaps the single most dominant athlete in his respective field was born. But it’s easy to¬†forget that this man is of man and not of god, and that his greatness wasn’t handed down to him in some ritualistic manner. He fought for his right to earn the spotlight, even when he was cut from his High School varsity basketball team, when the athletic administration called him “Mike”, and when the NBA’s stars tried to shun him out of All-Star Games. From several retirements and several comebacks to basketball in a jersey and a suit, Michael Jordan’s life has been a incomparable storybook of success, failure, blessing, tragedy, redemption, and arrogance. It’s a story so heroic that we desperately force to keep it in our memories as if these events happened yesterday, and while it’s certainly impossible to summarize Jordan’s career completely, here’s our attempt to do so in fifty iconic photos. Happy Fiftieth Birthday to Michael Jordan.

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ESPN OTL: Michael Jordan Has Not Left The Building

February 15th, 2013 by | 1 comment

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Michael Jordan may have left the basketball court as a player, but he has hardly been absent from the collective conscience of sports fans since. His presence looms whether it be via the sneakers we were or via his struggling Bobcats squad. Arriving just ahead of his 50th birthday is one of the more personal Michael Jordan pieces in recent memory from ESPN Outside the Lines, one which touches on Michael’s still burning desire to win, his feelings over his slain father, and more. Stay with us after the jump for some of the awesome images accompanying the piece and then check out the full story at ESPN OTL.

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Air Jordan XX8: Dare To Fly

February 14th, 2013 by | 4 comments

air jordan xx8 dare to fly Air Jordan XX8: Dare To Fly

“The question you have to ask: Does the game make you? Or do you make the game?”

This question posed by Michael Jordan in the newest piece of promotional material for the Air Jordan XX8 is ironically one that he’d be best positioned to answer. As MJ and his Air Jordans go, so goes the sneaker world, and His Airness challenges us directly to get on board with the daring new XX8 design. This 30-second clip features eye-catching cameos from Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin and an exploding basketball one clever YouTuber saw as “inspiration for the dunk contest.” The Air Jordan XX8 figures to make a big impact on this NBA All-Star weekend, so stick with Sneaker News for all the latest and Dare to Fly after the jump below.

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Michael Jordan’s 50th Sports Illustrated Cover

February 13th, 2013 by | 8 comments

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How serendipitous of it for Sports Illustrated to celebrate fifty covers of Michael Jordan greatness on the man’s birthday? The legendary sports publication celebrates Michael’s half-century mark with one of its own in a rather pleasant coincidence of birthday and cover appearances, so what better than Michael’s free-throw line dunk to best represent his Airness? This copy is definitely a must-have if your a fan of Michael’s or one of sports memorabilia so be sure to check your local news-stand for a copy. In the meantime, check out all fifty legendary covers after the jump and point out the ones that you can say you’ve proudly owned!

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ESPN Presents: “The Jordan Brand”

February 12th, 2013 by | 7 comments

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ESPN continues to pay homage to Michael Jordan in the build up to his 50th birthday. This time around they drop another video that touches on the legacy of Michael Jordan’s initial deal with the folks at Nike. The quick clip relays just what a massive business Michael Jordan was during his prime, as well as the extent to which his Nike deal permanently changed the sports marketing landscape. Hit the jump for the ESPN video and stay tuned to Sneaker News for updates on any further Michael Jordan birthday celebratory spots.

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