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For the second shoe in a row Wilson Smith III was the lead designer on the Air Jordan. Smith had a few very inspirations for the Air Jordan 17. When he started working on the design musician Michael Phillips was signed by Brand Jordan. So jazz music was one source of direction for Smith. This could be seen as musical notes are molded onto the lace covers. Cars, specifically a beautiful Aston Martin, were represented by the smooth lines and chrome detailing seen throughout the shoe. Jordan’s love for golf came into play as the outsole design was said to have come from one of his favorite golf courses. Even MJ’s new role in the Washington Wizards was incorporated as the original shoes were packaged in a metal briefcase along with CD-ROM. The performance side was upgraded as well as now Tuned Air was used on both the heel and forefoot tying in with a quick-lace system, dynamic fit sleeve and lace covers. Unexpectedly Jordan had to scratch an itch and returned to the game playing for the Wizards wearing the AJ17. While playing his former team, the Chicago Bulls, in January 2002 MJ hit the 30,000 total points milestone.

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