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SHOE of the YEAR: Air Jordan XI (Black/Red). The same shoe Michael Jordan wore during the historic 1995-96 season when the Bulls went 72-10 AND won the championship. Nike is releasing it again in stores on Dec. 14th, 2019 in sizes for the whole family. Men’s msrp will be $220.

 

AIR JORDAN RELEASE DATES

SEPT 21 - RETRO 12 - Black/Blue

SEPT 25 - AJ 34 - Blue Void

SEPT 28 - RETRO 1 - Bar Code

OCT 4 - GIRLS 12 - Hot Punch

OCT 5 - RETRO 9 - White/Red

OCT 10 - AJ 34 - White/Blk/Red

OCT 11 - TRAVIS SCOTT RETRO 6

OCT 19 - RETRO 10 - Seattle

OCT 22 - wmns AJ 1 - Black/Red

OCT 26 - RETRO 1 - Shattered BB

OCT 31 - wmns RETRO 7 - Blk Patent

OCT 31 - RETRO 12 - Black

NOV 1 - RETRO 1 Fly Ease - Blk/Red

NOV 2 - RETRO 1 Patent - UNC/CHI

NOV 7 - AJ 34 - Black/White

NOV 7 - RETRO 8 N7 Pendleton

NOV 8 - wmns RETRO 4 - Pony Hair

Visit our RELEASE DATES page for more

 

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The reason JORDAN left the NBA to play baseball. It was 1993 and the Bulls had just won their third straight championship. MJ was exhausted and out of challenges. He felt he had nothing else to prove on the court. His father had tried to get him to retire in '91 after the first championship, so he could give baseball a shot. Then out of nowhere in July '93 Michael's father was murdered. His body was found floating in a creek in South Carolina after being shot. His red Lexus with license plate UNC0023 was stripped and found in the woods near Fayetteville, N.C. It was an easy decision for Michael. Retire from the NBA, and make an attempt at baseball to honor his father's wish.

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Coincidentally, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Bulls, also owned the Chicago White Sox. The Birmingham Barons were a Double-A minor league affiliate of the Sox, so Mike made a deal with Reinsdorf to play for the Barons. He worked his butt off everyday to try and get better at baseball. He finished batting .202 with 3 home runs, 51 runs batted in, and 30 stolen bases. Fortunately for basketball fans the MLB went on strike in August 1994. With nothing to do because of the baseball lockout Mike decided to visit the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, IL to see his old friends (Scottie Pippen & B.J. Armstrong). Phil Jackson let Michael participate in practices for a few weeks and that's when the desire to play the game emerged. Then on March 18, 1995 Jordan sent a two-word fax to the media: "I'm back." The rest is history.