Finish Line » Michael Jordan http://blog.finishline.com Finish Line's Blog Sat, 04 Jul 2015 17:27:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.5 Air Jordan 13 Low Bred http://blog.finishline.com/2015/06/06/air-jordan-13-low-bred-2/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/06/06/air-jordan-13-low-bred-2/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 15:51:34 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=46306

The “Black Toe” made its film debut on the feet of Denzel Washington in the movie, He Got Game. The “Hornets” colorway dropped on the 13 Low back in April and now comes the much-anticipated Bulls playoff inspired “Bred” colorway in low top form. Some people make the debate that this is the best Jordan model made while others would beg to differ. The “Bred” 13 Low is a downsized version of the 13 “Playoff” edition, but with a red lining and outsole.

Originally released in 1997 for the first time under the Jordan brand, the 13 has seven different colorways, five highs and two lows. Prior to ’97 all the previous Jordan’s released were done so under the Nike brand. Jordan would wear the 13s during the series with the Indiana Pacers in the 1998 Playoffs. The Bulls would win the series in seven games and advance to the NBA Finals. Jordan and the Bulls would beat the Utah Jazz in six games. This win capped off a 62-20 season, gave the Bulls their 6th NBA Championship and 2rd 3-peat. Jordan would win his 6th NBA Finals MVP award and 5th NBA Most Valuable Player award. Although he played most of the Finals in the 13, he ultimately won the Championship wearing the 14s, debuting them a few months early.

Make sure you grab your pair of Jordan Retro 13 Low at 10am on Saturday, June 13 at finishline.com

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There’s More to Bo and Mike Than ProStars http://blog.finishline.com/2015/06/04/theres-more-to-bo-and-mike-than-prostars/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/06/04/theres-more-to-bo-and-mike-than-prostars/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:51:37 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=46266 In just a couple days, Jordan Brand will drop an Air Jordan 5 Retro to commemorate ProStars, a short-lived 1991 cartoon series that featured sports greats Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson, and Michael Jordan battling crime and helping children. While this may be the only project the two latter icons worked on together, there’s more to the Bo and Mike connection than an animated show.

Air Jordan 5 Retro "ProStars"

Though the two athletes never shared time in the same sports league, they shared the spotlight when it came to Nike’s marketing efforts. Perhaps above all of their other fellow athletes, Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson had marketable other-worldly talent that gave them the public allure of superheroes. Mike could fly. Bo could do anything and everything at a supreme level. Alongside “Just Do It” and “Visible Air,” “Air Jordan” and “Bo Knows” became two of Nike’s pivotal campaigns of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Air Jordan

Photo: Courtesy of Sportfolion

Regardless of the fact that Bo and Mike operated in different spheres, their athletic abilities and personas have been put under the microscope for comparison. Perhaps that comes with being two of the only multi-sport professional athletes of our time. At the time of their prominence, this was done in a seemingly light way, with a comic series aptly named Bo Jackson vs. Michael Jordan. Later on, ESPN would pit the two figures head-to-head in a quest to find the greatest athlete of all time. Jackson edged out Jordan in the semifinals of the bracket, going on to be named the greatest athlete of all-time.

Bo Knows

Photo: Courtesy of FansShare

However, without Bo, MJ’s career might have taken a different turn. In a 1994 interview with The New York Times‘ Ira Berkow, Jordan revealed that, although much of the idea to try out baseball was derived from his father’s admiration of the sport, it also came out of seeing Bo Jackson try out playing multiple sports. It looks like Jordan’s looking up to Bo stemmed past his role in the pivotal “Bo Knows” commercial. Later on, Jordan would say that he and Bo shared one vital character trait. “Neither of us is very easily amazed.”

Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson hung up their jerseys and retired from their respective sports long ago, and numerous Nike athletes have been phased in and out of campaigns. Nonetheless, the two icons will be revered for ages for what they brought to the table in multiple sports and for the greatness that they symbolized in their Nike advertisements. It takes a certain motivation to do what Bo and Mike did, and that, more than anything, is what should be celebrated.

Air Jordan 5 Retro "ProStars"

So while the ProStars” Air Jordan 5 Retro gets its eye-catching colorway from the namesake cartoon series, there’s more to commemorate than the athletes’ mission to fight crime. The sneaker represents the unrelenting drive that lifted Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan to impeccable heights. If the “Air Jordan” and “Bo Knows” campaigns ever spoke to you, or you admire the lengths to which two of the world’s greatest athletes went to achieve all that they did, the ProStars” Air Jordan 5 Retro is for you.

Pick up the ProStars” Air Jordan 5 Retro at 10am on Saturday, June 6 at FinishLine.com.

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Air Jordan Retro 5 “Pro Stars” http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/31/air-jordan-retro-5-space-jam/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/31/air-jordan-retro-5-space-jam/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 13:01:16 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=46180 At last, Jordan Brand is bringing back the Space Jam sneaker campaign, but not with the one sneaker you’re thinking of. The original Air Jordan 5 was released in February of 1990 and was the first Jordan to have clear rubber soles. It was also the first time they used molded foam in a shoe upper. The shoe is probably best known for its fighter jet design influences and the 3m material that would reflect when light hit it, helping MJ stunt when the cameras flashed.

Even with all the technological advances in shoes, nostalgia is still one of the biggest connections with sneakerheads. Any Jordan fan knows that Mike teamed up with the Looney Tunes in the 1996 animated movie. Once again, JB is honoring the film with another signature shoe to kick off the summer season in style. The Air Jordan Retro 5 “Pro Stars” is a clean silhouette of warm weather color tones and sentimental Jordan heritage.

Make sure you grab a pair of the “Space Jam” Air Jordan Retro 5 at 10am on Saturday, June 6th at Finishline.com.

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Kicks on Cards Collection: Featuring the Legendary Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/27/kicks-on-cards-collection-featuring-the-legendary-air-jordan-1-chicago/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/27/kicks-on-cards-collection-featuring-the-legendary-air-jordan-1-chicago/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 13:21:28 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=46102 It’s Wednesday and that means we’re back once again with another Kick on Cards Collection, where worthless trading cards of the past come to be (slightly) useful—at least if you’re into a little sneaker history. I have an eclectic mix for you this week, with everything from forgotten basketball shoes on forgotten players, to an off-field sighting of a classic running shoe, to perhaps the most legendary sneaker of them all.

We’ll start with that legendary sneaker I just mentioned, which happens to be this weekend’s—and one of the entire year’s—biggest releases. Those up to date with Air Jordan release dates already know what I’m talking about: the Air Jordan 1 in the iconic original “Chicago” colorway. The word “iconic” and every other cliche adjective we use to talk about classic sneakers doesn’t even begin to do this shoe justice, as the Air Jordan 1 may be the very reason the sneaker industry exists today as we know it. Instead of yammering on about it forever—you’ve heard it all before, anyway—let’s just keep it simple and check out the shoe on this card, which happens to be from when Michael Jordan broke out a fresh vintage pair for his last game ever (as a Bull) at Madison Square Garden on March 8th, 1998. Beautiful!

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 1 at Madison Square Garden

We’ll go from a famous Nike Basketball shoe to an obscure one, with the equally obscure Negele Knight wearing the Air Dynamic Flight. The Dynamic Flight was the second Huarache basketball sneaker ever, after the Air Flight Huarache. The shoe was popular at its time in 1993, showing up on the feet on a large selection of Nike-sponsored pros. Why it’s forgotten now is anybody’s guess, but there’s definitely a good amount of sneaker nerds out there that remember it and would love to see it make a comeback. We won’t be holding our breath, though.

Negele Knight Nike Air Dynamic Flight

Here’s a rare find: legendary pitcher Nolan Ryan hitting the weight room in a pair of the classic Nike Air Stab.

Nolan Ryan Nike Air Stab Kicks on Cards

Shaq Diesel is next, rocking his first Reebok signature shoe, the Shaq Attaq from 1992.

Shaquille O'Neal Reebok Shaq Attaq Kicks on Cards

This week’s collection closes out with arguably the last great Nike hoops shoe of the ‘90s, the Air Flightposite from 1999. It’s none other than Bonzi Wells seen here wearing Foamposite-equipped model in its black and white colorway.

Bonzw Wells Nike Air Flightposite Kicks on Cards

That does it for our on-card sneaker sightings this week. 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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The Jordan 11 Low “Bred” Releases for the First Time in History http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/16/the-jordan-11-low-bred-releases-for-the-first-time-in-history/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/16/the-jordan-11-low-bred-releases-for-the-first-time-in-history/#comments Sat, 16 May 2015 13:00:19 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=45523 Click to view slideshow.

Up to this point, if you wanted a pair of Air Jordan 11 Lows in a “Bred” colorway, you’d have to be Michael Jordan himself. MJ got a special PE version of these back in 1996 and for almost two decades, it appeared that none of us normal folks would ever be able to get our hands on a pair. Sure, we’ve got a black and red 11 Low before, but that didn’t have patent leather so we know that’s not the same.

That’s all set to change on May 23rd.

That’s right, the good people at Jordan Brand have decided to bless us with a Jordan Retro 11 Low “Bred” release. It’s arguable that it doesn’t get any better than a classic pair of Jordans in a Chicago Bull’s colorway. I mean, we’re talking about a color scheme that pretty much made “bred” a household term among sneakerheads and birthed a series of unwanted corny “bread” memes.

Having a pair of mid bred 11s is already a special thing, but getting your hands on these takes your sneaker game stunt level to all new heights. Based on their history, we may have to wait another 19 years for these to release again, so don’t forget to set your alarm on May 23rd!

Note: In case you aren’t familiar, “Bred” refers to the black and red colorway.

Get the Air Jordan 11 Retro Low on May 23rd at 10 a.m. EST at FinishLine.com.

Photos: @ludlowphotopro

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Kicks on Cards Collection: Guess What Michael’s Wearing This Week http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/13/kicks-on-cards-collection-guess-what-michaels-wearing-this-week/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/05/13/kicks-on-cards-collection-guess-what-michaels-wearing-this-week/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 15:39:16 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=45783 Welcome back to another edition of the Kicks on Cards Collection. This week’s on-card sightings of our favorite vintage sneakers marches right on with another top-par set of retro nostalgia. We’ll begin by celebrating this weekend’s big sneaker release. Well, sort of…

As you probably know if you follow Air Jordan retro releases at all, the much-anticipated return of the Air Jordan 7 “Hare” is upon us this weekend. Unfortunately, somehow I do not have a single card featuring the beloved original colorway in the entire Kicks on Cards archives. I guess MJ didn’t wear them enough! In light of the Bugs Bunny inspired colorway’s absence, I did however find the next closest shoe: the OG “Cardinal” colorway of the Air Jordan 7, seen here on the feet of His Airness.

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 7 Cardinal

Since you aren’t quite getting your money’s worth with the “Cardinal” 7 instead of the “Hares”, I’ll throw in another Air Jordan this week. Here we have Harold Miner in an original pair of the Air Jordan 9. “Baby Jordan” may have never lived up to his nickname, but at least he got to wear some cool kicks along the way.

Harold Miner Air Jordan 9 Kicks on Cards

We’re going to go a little obscure next, with Mario Elie in the Reebok Avant Guard. Long gone and forgotten by everyone except the most rabid Reebok fans out there, I would consider the cleverly named Avant Guard from 1996 one of the last truly great Reebok basketball shoes at the tail end of the bold design era of models like the Kamikaze and Shaqnosis. The shoe was worn by a number of Reebok-sponsored pros at its time, most notably Mario’s teammate Clyde Drexler.

Mario Elie Reebok Avant Guard

We’ll actually close it out with two more slightly obscure but awesome models from 1996. First is the Nike Air Flight Max worn by David Wingate. This shoe’s claim to fame is that it was the first—and one of the few—Nike models ever to have visible Air in only the forefoot.

David Wingate Nike Air Flight Max Kicks on Cards

Last but certainly not least, we have point-god John Stockton in the Nike Air Maestro ‘96.

John Stockton Nike Air Maestro 96

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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Kicks on Cards Collection: The Air Jordan 5 and 4 More Classics http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/29/kicks-on-cards-collection-the-air-jordan-5-and-4-more-classics/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/29/kicks-on-cards-collection-the-air-jordan-5-and-4-more-classics/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:16:49 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=44936 Welcome back to yet another edition of your source for the best vintage sneaker sightings anywhere on the web, the Kicks on Cards Collection. This week’s set of trading cards is jam-packed with heat, from some of the most popular sneakers ever to an obscure model you didn’t even know you loved—until you saw them here.

Let’s start with said obscure sneaker, which is the Nike Air Zoom 1.0 Flight being worn here by Tim Hardaway. The somewhat tediously named, yet awesome, hoops shoe originates from 1998, and was a lower-tiered, more affordable option in the Nike basketball catalog. While it wasn’t the highest priced Nike shoe on the market, there’s no doubt it still looked fresh and performed great thanks to its Zoom Air cushioning, durable leather build, and grippy translucent outsole.

Tim Hardaway Nike Air Zoom 1.0 Flight

From a little-known shoe to one that everybody knows, next is Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan 5. I made sure to throw in some 5s this week in honor of this upcoming Saturday’s big Air Jordan release, the Air Jordan 5 Retro in the brand-new Midnight Navy/Turquoise colorway.

Michael Jordan Air Jordan 5 Black Metallic Kicks on Cards

Accompanying the Air Jordan 5 is another of Nike’s greatest basketball shoes from the late ‘80s-early ‘90s era, the Air Flight ‘89. Here we spot them on “Small School Sensation” Terry Porter in the White/Red colorway.

Terry Porter Nike Air Flight 89 Kicks on Cards

Closing up shop for this week’s Kicks on Cards set are two classics from 1996: the FILA Stackhouse 2 being worn by (of course) Jerry Stackhouse, and the Nike Air Wayup on the feet of Derek Harper.

Jerry Stackhouse FILA Stackhouse 2

Derek Harper Nike Air Wayup Kicks on Cards

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 Retro 5 “Hornets” http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/25/jordan-retro-5-hornets/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/25/jordan-retro-5-hornets/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:04:25 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=44110 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.

Get the Air Jordan 5 on May 2nd at 10am EST at FinishLine.com.

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Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan – The Perfect Pair http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/20/looney-tunes-and-michael-jordan-the-perfect-pair/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/20/looney-tunes-and-michael-jordan-the-perfect-pair/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:22:23 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=43764 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” http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/16/jordan-retro-13-low-hornets/ http://blog.finishline.com/2015/04/16/jordan-retro-13-low-hornets/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:54:25 +0000 http://blog.finishline.com/?p=44012 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 FinishLine.com.

Photos: @ludlowphotopro

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