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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.

Michael Jordan Named 1988 Defensive Player of the Year

October 18th, 2012 by | 22 comments

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Michael Jordan is remembered for many of his achievements. NBA Championships, team ownership, and scoring titles are the “sexy” categories of what he’s managed to pull off, but for tonight’s Sneaker News: Was It The Shoes?, we’ll focus on one the true unsung hero of Michael’s unparalleled game – Defense. The phrase “defense wins championships” is a resounding truth across all professional sports (even you, SlamBall), and the lack thereof is unquestionably the primary criticism of the NBA stars of the current generation. Let’s take a look back at Jordan’s Defensive legacy!

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Sneaker Report’s 50 Most Influential Sponsorships in Sports History

October 16th, 2012 by | No comments

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A considerable amount of growth of footwear brands must be credited to the larger-than-life superstar athletes that represented the brands on their feet. The ‘signature athlete’ is a trend that started in the 1970′s with Walt Clyde Frazier’s Puma Suedes, and today, it tempers the pace of sports footwear with names like LeBron James, Robert Griffin III, Tiger Woods, Dwyane Wade, and more. What’s the most influential footwear sponsorship in history? Is it Michael Jordan and Nike? How about Bo Jackson and cross-training? Let us know what you consider to be the most influential of all-time.

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Michael Jordan in Air Jordan XI Low PE

September 20th, 2012 by | 16 comments

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It was just about six weeks ago that Sneaker News showed you a dope special edition Air Jordan XI Low ’Space Jam’ created for Michael himself, and now we see that the AJXI SMUs don’t stop with established colorways.  Check out this insane Air Jordan 11 Low His Airness wore at a recent Michael Jordan Flight School Event (recent enough that we see the likes of the LeBron 9 Low and Zoom KD IV on attendees’ feet).  They’ve got a blocking pattern similar to the upcoming ‘Johnny Kilroy’ AJ9, which seems fitting given that this pair’s origins are also something of a mystery.  Check back with us regularly to see if this impressive Chicago Bulls style ever makes it to retail and click through to see more photos of what’s instantly one of the rarest Air Jordan designs ever.

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Air Jordan V – Autographed Game-Worn Michael Jordan PE

September 6th, 2012 by | 13 comments

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When the shots first surfaced of the 2013 Air Jordan V arriving with this colorway there was quite the celebration amongst Air Jordan devotees thanks to the lack of ’23′ embroidery on the back end. The Countdown Pack version of the sneaker slapped that on where the originals were clean in that respect. That is, of course, except for the pairs worn by Michael Jordan himself. Such a pair is shown here, with the white/black/fire red colorway also coming with a little collector’s upgrade in the form of Mike’s signature. Stay with us after the jump for a full gallery of this super rare Michael Jordan exclusive and let us know in the comments if this might make you rethink whether or not you want the ’23′ on the back of your Air Jordan V’s. Also, be sure to check out the auction for this original pair of Air Jordan V’s from cnoriega_2007 on eBay.

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Michael Jordan and the “Double Nickel”

August 16th, 2012 by | 13 comments

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Flip through the career chronicles of Michael Jordan and you’ll find yourself immersed in an anthology of god-like moments involving a basketball and a pair of Air Jordans. Sneaker News launches the first installment of “Was It The Shoes?” by re-telling one of the most iconic stories of Michael Jordan’s career – the “Double Nickel”. We’ll cover the when, where, and the how of this sensational moment of Jordan’scareer while putting a spotlight on the legendary Air Jordan sneaker worn during that game. Continue one to Was It The Shoes: Michael Jordan and the “Double Nickel” below!

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Matt Lauer as Michael Jordan

August 15th, 2012 by | 4 comments

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Everyone wants to “Be Like Mike” on the basketball court, but for news program host Matt Lauer, it’s just part of the job. The NBC morning program TODAY has a quirky feature called TODAY in History, in which the staff attempts to recreate some iconic photos in world history. On Monday, Matt Lauer posed as a barefoot Sir Paul McCartney in the legendary Beatles album cover for Abbey Road, but yesterday, he got to lace up in some of the most cherished pieces of footwear as he attempted to duplicate one of the most memorable photos in history – Michael Jordan in mid-air after taking off from the free-throw line. Not only was that photo, originally taken by Bill Smith, one of the most significant moments in sports history, but Michael Jordan himself considers it as one of the illustrative images of his entire career. Not that it needed to be said, but the task of recapturing one of Michael’s aerial maneuvers was much more difficult than walking across a street with a blue suit.

Matt, NBC, and Bill Smith teamed up to tackle the assignment of making Matt Lauer, who is just under 6′ tall, appear like Michael Jordan in his prime. A system of harnesses, pulleys, and fishing wire held Lauer up in mid-air for over ninety minutes, but the crew finally arrived to their destination – with the help of smoke, mirrors, a crisp pair of White/Cement Air Jordan IIIs, and good ‘ol Photoshop. A photo of Lauer as MJ was delivered to Michael himself who appeared to be impressed, so it appears that TODAY’s mission was accomplished. Take a look at the enter video of TODAY in History: Michael Jordan below and let us know if you’d be able to pull off your own free-throw line Dunk like MJ did at the ’88 All-Star Game!

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Air Jordan VII “Bordeaux” Michael Jordan All-Star Game Worn Autographed Pair

August 14th, 2012 by | 1 comment

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Hats off to you if you were around during the days when Michael Jordan used to debut the next in line for the Air Jordan series at the NBA All-Star Game each year. 20 years ago that sneaker was the Air Jordan VII ‘Bordeaux’, with its on-screen debut solidifying yet another Tinker Hatfield hit from the Air Jordan lineup. One young man was fortunate enough to take home that very pair that MJ wore on February 9th, 1992, an autographed gift from Michael as part of a Make a Wish Foundation arranged meet and greet after the game. Click through with us to check out this insane piece of Air Jordan history straight out of Michael Jordan’s All-Star Game performance and peep the chance to bid on the game-worn Air Jordan VII ‘Bordeaux’ original at Grey Flannel.

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