Posts Tagged ‘Michael Jordan’

Jordan Brand introduces the Air Jordan XXX

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Air Jordan, one of the most (if not the most) iconic basketball sneakers of all-time, is turning 30 years old. And today in Chicago, Jordan Brand unveiled the latest iteration of the shoe. The Air Jordan XXX, designed by longtime Nike designers Tinker Hatfield and Mark Smith, found inspiration in several places.

According to Jordan Brand…

Each of the shoe’s elements results from a key performance insight or design inspiration fundamental to the player and Jordan Brand’s evolutions. The start of the design process, however, tied to a significant, if lesser-known, date: a bitterly cold weekend in February 2015, when – during a pre-birthday party dinner — Michael Jordan asked long-time design collaborator Tinker Hatfield to spearhead the design of the anniversary-marking shoe. “The next morning I drew a shoe,” Hatfield recalls, “because I knew I was in deep trouble. We had no time. Then I realized it wasn’t good enough to sketch a shoe. I asked for that particular photo of Michael in the slam dunk contest and then I drew.”

The photo in question, which featured MJ in the open lane, rising to the hoop, ball cocked behind his right ear and legs tucked under his body, activated Hatfield’s memories of 1988. It spurred the designer to add his own illustrations to the familiar image. The resulting artwork, which recapped Jordan’s history in unconventional ways, in turn inspired the shoe.

An “XXX”, signifying 30, transformed into a basketball net. Stars symbolized the athlete’s otherworldly talents and planets orbiting the Jordan universe took on surfaces — elephant print or carbon fiber — related to innovations initiated by past Jordan models. Elaborating his drawing, with help of fellow designer Mark Smith, Hatfield broadened the Jordan narrative and formed the story of the Air Jordan XXX, one that references a storied yet timeless lineage with an eye towards the future.

The Air Jordan XXX will be globally available at select retail stores and Jordan.com on February 12, 2016. For more images, check below… (more…)

Michael Jordan pays tribute to Kobe Bryant

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Kobe Bryant farewell tour rolled into Charlotte last night, the city that originally drafted Kobe before trading him to the Lakers. Today the Hornets are owned by Michael Jordan, the man who influenced Kobe both on and off the court. And while Jordan was unable to be in attendance at the game last night, he recorded the following video tribute to Kobe that was played on the scoreboard before the game.

As Kobe said after the game, he fully enjoyed the video

“It was awesome. It was awesome,” Bryant said. “He and I — as he said in the video — we talk pretty often. But it was pretty funny to see some of the reactions of my teammates. I was sitting next to Julius Randle before the game. He was like, ‘Yo, that’s amazing!’ I was like, ‘What?’ [He said] ‘That was Michael Jordan!'”

Bryant added, “We talk fairly often. I know he’s enjoying a little vacation time. I told him I was a little jealous. He said, ‘You’ll be here soon enough.'”

Also, Nick Young had an appropriately swaggy take on the tribute…

Frank Kaminsky thinks Michael Jordan could beat him 1-on-1


VIDEO: Kaminsky vs MJ

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERFrank Kaminsky may only be an NBA rookie, but he clearly understands how to keep his bosses happy. In a recent appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Kaminsky was asked how he would fare in a game of 1-on-1 against Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who is probably the greatest basketball player of all-time, but who is also 52 years old. And while Kaminsky would have a size and age advantage over Jordan, the competitive edge would probably, even now, still belong to Jordan. So who would win in a game of one-on-one?

Patrick: “You think you could take him one-on-one?”

Kaminsky: “No. I wouldn’t want to try.”

Patrick: “Oh! Of course you would!”

Kaminsky: “I don’t think I would.”

Patrick: “Like, you don’t want to beat one of your heroes, is that what you’re saying?”

Kaminsky: “No, I’m saying the opposite: I don’t want to lose.”

Patrick: “Oh, you could take Jordan! You better be able to beat Jordan.”

Kaminsky: “See, that’s what you would think.”

Patrick: “Now, he thinks he could beat you.”

Kaminsky: “Yeah, I think he could beat me, too, so…”

(via NBC Sports)

That time Jim Harbaugh thought Michael Jordan was a prank caller

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We are only a few days away from the start of the college football season, which seems like a fine time to check in on the gridiron. And even some of the biggest names in college football, such as new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh (shoutout to Hang Time’s Sekou Smith, an avowed Wolverine, for better or worse), can get a little star-struck when NBA greatness is on the phone.

Here’s Harbaugh at a recent press conference discussing the new deal between Jordan/Nike and Michigan, telling the story of getting a phone call from Michael Jordan himself and not quite believing who was on the line. Sounds like Harbaugh’s family was impressed, though…

(via SBNation)

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

Description:
1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.

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(via CBS Sports)

Fan gets Michael Jordan versus Kobe Bryant tattoos

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve seen fans pay tributes to their favorite athletes in several ways, from the temporary (with a haircut) to the more permanent (in ink). But I don’t think we’ve ever seen a fan get tattoos of two of his favorite athletes, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, in what I guess is a permanent staredown.

Watch ‘The Shot’ from a new angle

By Jeff Case

Michael Jordan has a lengthy list of game-winners he drilled throughout his career. But perhaps his first/best known one was the basket he made against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the decisive Game 5 of the first round in 1989.

Best known as ‘The Shot’, we can almost guarantee that you’ve seen the following clip before …


VIDEO: Michael Jordan dispatches the Cavaliers in 1989

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet/the Twitterverse, though, a NEW, court-level angle of MJ’s bucket is out there to delight Bulls fans (and further torment Cavs fans and Craig Ehlo) …

(h/t For The Win & @SneakerDave)

 

Shaq says all-time Lakers would destroy Bulls greats

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s always fun to argue about NBA history. Who is the greatest player of all-time? What is the greatest team ever? Could this guy beat this guy? Would this team be able to beat that team?

As it turns out, even former NBA players enjoy being part of the conversation, like how Shaquille O’Neal recently took to Instagram to stir things up. What would happen if a team of former Lakers greats (Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Elgin Baylor, Shaq and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) faced off against a team of Chicago Bulls greats (made up of Derrick Rose, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant)?

According to Shaq, the Lakers great would “beat em by 50.”

We would beat em by fifty "what you think". Let me know and don't hold back

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Update:

Pippen has a different opinion:

 

Update II:

Shaq responds to Pippen:

 

What do you think? Is Shaq right?

Rare footage of Michael Jordan dunking in high school

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — These days, everything is put on video and saved for future generations. But it wasn’t that long ago that some things weren’t saved, not even for posterity. MaxPreps turned up this video of Michael Jordan playing for Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., back in the late ’70s. I don’t recall seeing much footage of Jordan from this far back, but it certainly looks similar to the MJ we would see later in the NBA…

Throwback Thursday: Bulls win first NBA championship


VIDEO: Relive the Bulls’ top 10 plays from the 1991 Finals

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Chicago Bulls win 1991 Finals

Entering the 1990-91 season, the Chicago Bulls had experienced playoff success and also bitter playoff losses. Years upon years of failing to get past the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons culminated in the 1991 East finals, where Chicago exorcised its demons against Detroit. In sweeping the Pistons, the Bulls reached their first Finals, squaring off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

After falling in Game 1 at home, the Bulls rebounded and rattled off four straight wins, clinching the title on June 12, 1991 to claim their first NBA championship. Little would Chicago know at the time, but a dynasty would begin with that Finals series win as the Bulls were crowned champions in ’92, ’93, ’96, ’97 and ’98.

In honor of the Bulls’ first title, we take a look back at the storied career of the best player on that team, Michael Jordan:


Gallery: Michael Jordan’s career

What are your favorite Jordan memories? Leave your comments below!