FinishLine » Jordan Finish Line's Blog Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:30:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jordan Retro 5 “Hornets” Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:04:25 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

We’re used to seeing Jordans release in Chicago colorways. From classic retros to new models, Jordans in red, white and black will always be a great combination.

But what about Michael Jordan’s new team? No, he isn’t coming out of retirement again. I’m talking about the team he partially owns, the Charlotte Hornets.

Yup, it looks like Jordan Brand has shifted some of its attention to Charlotte-inspired colorways, and we aren’t mad about it. Sure, MJ never played for the Hornets, but owning part of the team and being a North Carolina native is enough to make a pair of Jordans in a Charlotte-colorway special.

The franchise is definitely on the rise, and even though they missed the playoffs this season, Jordan Brand is giving fans something else to look forward to. A couple of weeks ago, we saw a fresh pair of 13 Lows release and sell out in Hornets colors, and now it looks like the Jordan 5 is getting the same treatment.

This pair comes with a Midnight Navy base, Turquoise and Gray details, and of course an icey bottom. I don’t know about you, but I can get used to these Hornets-inspired releases.

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Air Jordan 11Lab4, Air Max 90 KJCRD, Jordan 7 Barcelona Days and More – Heat Check Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:20:10 +0000 The Jordan Elements Series return with the Air Jordan 11Lab4 in patent leather, the Air Max 90 celebrates 25 years with four new looks including a knitted Jacquard, and the Jordan 7 flashed back to 1992 for the Barcelona Days colorway. All this and more on the latest episode of the Heat Check with Jacques Slade.

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Kicks on Cards Collection: Can You Guess Who’s Wearing the Air Jordan 12? Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:14:33 +0000 Welcome back once again to the Kicks on Cards Collection. This week we begin with a look at an original 1997 pair of the Air Jordan 12. They’re on the feet of a Bulls player … But it’s not Michael Jordan wearing them! Would you have guessed it was the late Brian Williams (AKA Bison Dele) wearing the OG “Taxi” colorway? The things you can learn from old trading cards, right?!

Brian Williams Air Jordan 12 Kicks on Cards

Next is another popular signature sneaker, but this time it’s actually being worn by its designated signature player. It’s a young Kobe Bryant—back when he still even had hair—wearing his second signature shoe, the adidas KB 8 II.

Kobe Bryant adidas KB 8 II

None other than 7’6” bean pole Shawn Bradley is next, rocking the amazing star-covered Philadelphia 76ers uniform with a fresh matching pair of the Nike Air Maestro 2 from 1994.

Shawn Bradley Nike Air Maestro 2

Another Nike basketball classic is next, with a shoe found on almost as many players’ feet back in the day as the Air Maestro: the Zoom Flight ‘95, being worn here by Eddie Johnson. Sneaker history seems to have re-written the Zoom Flight ‘95 as a Jason Kidd shoe, but any number of guards and forwards from Terrell Brandon to Juwan Howard also wore the futuristic model throughout 1995 and ‘96.

Eddie Jones Nike Zoom Flight 95 Kicks on Cards

We’ll close out this week’s set of cards with DerMarr Johnson—a player whose promising career was unfortunately hampered by a serious car accident—wearing a favorite model of the Foamposite family, the Nike Air Foamposite II.

Dermarr Johnson Nike Air Flightposite II

Remember to stay tuned for more Kicks on Cards every Wednesday here at the Finish Line Blog, and be sure to check out the full Kicks on Cards site for much more sneaker nostalgia.

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Jordan Son of Mars Low gets a Hornets Colorway Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:58:05 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

This is turning out to be the year, or at least the spring of Charlotte Hornet colorways for Jordan Brand. With MJ now the majority owner of the team, it makes sense to see his brand take inspiration from their uniforms.

We already got a 13 Retro Low version last week and have seen photos of the Jordan 5 that is coming next month, but it’s not just retros that are getting the Hornets’ treatment. Next up is a Son of Mars Low Charlotte colorway.

There has and will always be mixed reviews on Jordan “fusions”, but we have to admit that the Son of Mars looks pretty fresh in a Hornets’ colorway. This drop comes in a white base with midnight navy and turquoise details throughout.

To top things off, we also get Elephant print on the toe and heel. This is one of the most famous design elements in the entire Jordan Brand legacy, and now it gets combined with what appears to be the next big colorway theme for the brand.

Despite missing the playoffs this season, it looks like the Hornets are a franchise on the rise, so we should expect a lot more Charlotte-inspired products from Jordan Brand in the future.

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Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan – The Perfect Pair Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:23 +0000 Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes

Photo: Courtesy of Bubble Blabber

Way back when, Nike sought the help of a few wacky Warner Brothers cartoons to bring on the next-up in the Air Jordan signature line. And from the first commercial, it was clear that, as Bugs Bunny says confidently, a “beautiful friendship” would ensue.

Now, this begs the question: Had Nike tapped another production company and another set of cartoons, would the same relationship have resulted? We’ll never know the answer to that one, but what we can say for sure is that Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes were perfect for each other.

They may live in different worlds, but MJ and the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Wile E. Coyote approach their lives in the same way. While each of the spheres come with certain realities, both the Looney Tunes and Mike find ways to go beyond.

For the cartoons, that means controlling mini lightning bolts, lying back-down while slowly falling with a parachute, dressing up in a variety of costumes, pulling signs out of nowhere, and plenty more actions you would never see from your average TV character. It’s not every day that you see a rabbit that can switch out basketballs for anvils in a matter of seconds.

As for the athlete, we all know how other-worldly His Airness’s on-court accomplishments are. Six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP, ten-time scoring champion, nine-time all-defensive first team honors, two-time Slam Dunk contest winner, and plenty more where all of those accolades came from. Some players were taller, and some were faster, but no one was more dominant than Michael Jordan during his time in the NBA.

And if all that is too distant to remember, then you might want to take note that Mike was the last player to put on as impressive a string of triple-doubles as Russell Westbrook has this year. And guess what? Jordan had even more of them.

Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes

Photo: Courtesy of Nike

The other factor that ties the two entities together is their expansive reach. No, not about reaching high to grab a basketball. We’re talking social reach. Michael Jordan may have been a basketball player, and the Looney Tunes a bunch of cartoons, but each entity could be found in a number of media.

Of course, Jordan had his own apparel line, but he also starred in a number of third-party commercials (McDonalds, Gatorade) and even had his own Super Nintendo video game. Meanwhile, Bugs and Co. have found their way into spin-off series, comic books, and roles as amusement park mascots.

And that’s even leaving out the duo’s step into the world of movies, the beloved Space Jam. Needless to say, we’re talking about two cultural icons in MJ and the Tunes.

Michael Jordan and Looney Tunes

Photo: Courtesy of Lewis Wayne Gallery

From the amazing stunts and crazed plots of the Looney Tunes, to Michael Jordan’s awe-striking play, there’s no question that by the end of it all, Porky Pig will be ringing in your head with his signature “That’s all, folks!” line. To properly reintroduce the campaign that brings the best of the cartoon and basketball world together, Jordan Brand has a whole assortment of products waiting in the ring. Keep your eyes peeled to Finish Line as we gear up for rabbit season.

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Jordan Retro 13 Low “Hornets” Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:54:25 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

The Charlotte Hornets missed the NBA Playoffs this year, but they’ve come a long way in the last few seasons. There is no doubt that a huge reason for this is their owner, Michael Jordan. We’re talking about the greatest basketball player of all time, so he surely knows a thing or two about the game.

They’ve had some big wins under his tenure like switching their name from the Bobcats back to the Hornets. This had to be huge for Charlotte fans who grew up cheering for the Hornets, only to see them eventually move to New Orleans and then have a team return as the Bobcats. This name change, and the continued rebuilding of the franchise, will continue in the next few years, and that’s going to be exciting to watch.

Charlotte fans aren’t the only ones who have something to cheer about though. Sneakerheads everywhere can now look forward to some fresh Hornets-inspired colorways. In the past, these were reserved as exclusive player editions, but it looks like Jordan Brand has decided to let the fans get in on the action too.

First up is this fresh pair of 13 Lows. Whether you are a Hornets fan are not, these would look dope in anyone’s rotation!

Get the Jordan Retro 13 Low on April 18th at 10AM EST at

Photos: @ludlowphotopro

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Girl’s Jordan Retro 7 “Lola Bunny” Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:31:28 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

In the past, sneaker brands didn’t always show too much love for girls. It used to be if you wanted to get a pair of Jordans, then you had to find it in a kid’s size. This has changed over the years, and brands have started to take notice to female sneakerheads.

Now not only do a lot of releases come in extended girls sizes (up to a women’s size 11), but some colorways are exclusive for the ladies. I know this is a big deal to female sneakerheads and sometimes leaves us dudes wishing they came in our sizes — although the extended women’s sizes do go up to a men’s size 9.5.

This upcoming release of an all new Air Jordan 7 comes in a colorway that’s been dubbed the “Lola Bunny” because of its apparent inspiration from the Looney Tunes character, Lola. Lola was Bugs Bunny’s counterpart on the show and in Space Jam the movie. If you haven’t seen Space Jam, stop what you’re doing now, and go watch it. Your inner child will thank you.

Get the Women’s Air Jordan 7 retro on April 18th at 10AM EST at

Photos: @ludlowphotopro

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Kick on Cards Collection: Air Jordan 9s, Classic Tennis Sneakers and More Wed, 15 Apr 2015 15:35:03 +0000 Welcome back once again to another edition of the Kicks on Cards Collection, your weekly sampling of classic sneakers spotted on trading cards of the past. From March Madness to the return of baseball, the last couple weeks have had some overlying themes for the featured cards. However, this week we go totally random for a little bit of everything. Even tennis!

Let’s go ahead and start there, where on a rare card dating back to the early 1990s, we see one of the most classic tennis models of all time, the Reebok Court Victory Pump. The signature shoe of tennis phenom Michael Chang, here we actually see the classic Pump sneaker being worn by fellow American tennis star Zina Garrison.

zina garrison reebok court victory pump kicks on cards

Going back to the usual basketball cards, next is David Benoit rocking a shoe beloved by many of the most hardcore ‘90s Nike Basketball fans, the Air Go LWP. The first basketball shoe to utilize Zoom Air (then called Tensile Air), the Air Go LWP featured a light and stylish design favored by many guards and forwards in 1995; including notable names like Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway, and Penny Hardaway.

David Benoit Nik eAir Go LWP Kicks on Cards

Speaking of Penny, he’s up next, wearing an obscure Nike model from early in his career, the Air Prevail.

Penny Hardaway Nike Air Prevail

Then comes “The Animal” Michael Smith, who is seen here ferociously ripping down a rebound in the Nike Air Modify Force. You children of the ‘90s will remember this shoe as one of the two models along with the Adjust Force that utilized the interchangeable team-colored FitWrap straps. The Animal keeps it simple, though, opting for no straps on his pair here.

Michael Smith Nike Air Modify Force

Because every week’s set should have some Jordans, we’ll close it out with a young, pre-face-mask-wearing Rip Hamilton in the Air Jordan 9 Retro.

rip hamilton air jordan 9

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Jordan Eclipse Gets a Clean All White Colorway Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:20:53 +0000 Click to view slideshow.

Whether you’re a sneakerhead or not, chances are that you own or at least have heard of the Nike Roshe Run. What started as a minimal runner inspired by zen meditation has turned into one of the most popular shoes that Nike has released in recent years. Its minimal design has proved that it can be worn casually or on a run, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

Nike has released plenty of colorways and variations of the Roshe, and now it looks like their colleagues in the Jordan Brand offices decided to add some of the Roshe style to an all new Jumpman model.

The Jordan Eclipse is a worthy follow to the Jordan Flex Trainer that released last year. Both of these are a step in a new direction for Jordan Brand. Trainer and runner popularity is back to an all time high, and JB wants to make sure Jordanheads can have the best of both worlds.

We’ve already some dope colorways drop, and now we get the cleanest one yet. This all white colorway is a perfect spring and summer shoe — couldn’t have dropped at a better time.

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Jordan 11 Low “Grey Mist”, Pure Platinum Roshe One, Vintage Adidas Superstar 80s and More – Heat Check Fri, 10 Apr 2015 01:04:26 +0000 From the Air Jordan 11 Low to the Pure Platinum Roshe One to a vintage look at the SuperStar 80 with collegiate tones to a runner/trainer from the team over at PUMA. Lots to work with on the latest episode of Heat Check with Jacques Slade.

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