You may already be aware that the Jordan Brand is planning to release the Air Jordan 9 Melo Mop inspired by basketball player Carmelo Anthony next week. Well, they are also planning to drop an Air Jordan 1 inspired by the San Antonio Spurs basketball player, Kawhi Leonard. The Air Jordan 1 High Kawhi Leonard (also known as Pass The Torch) will also be releasing next week also, and is inspired by Kawhi’s 2014 NBA Finals MVP achievement. Who’s copping once these drop on the 28th???
Kawhi Leonard And The 2014 NBA Championship
Before his NBA career, Kawhi went to San Diego State University and played college basketball for the San Diego Aztecs for only two seasons. In 2011, as a sophomore, he has received the Consensus Second-Team All-American award. Kawhi has entered the 2011 NBA draft, and was selected by the Indiana Pacers, but was later traded to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for George Hill. During the 2013-2014 NBA Championship, the Spurs have defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 112-92, and would later play against the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. They have beaten Miami in a 111-92 victory. Kawhi was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.
Who Is Michael Jordan?
Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness. He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:
- 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
- 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
- 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
- 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
- All-NBA Second Team (1985)
- NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
- 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
- NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
- 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
- 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
- 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
- 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
- NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
- NCAA Champion (1982)
- Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
- 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
- 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
- No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
- N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
- No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina
History Of The Air Jordan Brand
In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him. Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”. MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.
The Air Jordan 1 History
The Air Jordan 1 was first introduced way back in 1984-1985, created by Peter Moore. Michael Jordan has become the Rookie Of The Year, and played in the All-Star game. It was the first basketball shoe wore in the NBA that featured multiple colors. MJ first disliked the sneaker, but started to grew on him overtime. During that time, the famous sneaker was banned by Commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, since the sneakers didn’t follow the standard uniform policy and the sneaker had to be 50% white. MJ wasn’t allowed to wear the shoes on the court, but MJ refused to play without them anyways. He was fined $2,000 for every time he worn the sneakers on the court. However, Nike has covered the fines, and also gave the Air Jordan 1 the “The Shoe Banned By The NBA” label. There were over 23 different color variations released, and the Air Jordan 1 also came with two sets of shoe laces that matched the colorway on the sneakers. The shoe was originally retailed at $65.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This shoe comes with a leather upper dressed in chrome and white. Black is applied to the shoe laces, Nike swoosh, Wings logos, tongue, and the ankle. On the tongues, you will see the Jumpman logo on the right, and Kawhi’s claw logo on the left. Additionally, this shoe features an icy translucent outsole with Kawhi’s claw located on the outsole as well. On the lace durbaes, you will notice “2014”, the year which Kawhi won the NBA championship and became MVP. Also, on the insoles, “The NBA Finals” is printed on them. Finally, you will also notice the tally marks located on the heels and shoe laces that adds up to 16, which is for the 16 wins that the Spurs have recorded in 2014 at the playoffs.
Many of you sneakerheads are definitely looking forward to this release. The wait will be over soon. They are scheduled to release April 28th, for a retail price of $160.00.
Air Jordan 1 High Kawhi Leonard
April 28th, 2018
Video Of The Sneaker
These sneakers are gorgeous!!! It would be hard not to lay your eyes on these bad boys. How many of you planning to purchase a pair of these to add to the sneaker collection?? What are your thoughts on these??? If you have any questions or comment, leave them below in the comment section, and I will be happy to help you. Stay tuned, as The Latest Sneakers posts daily sneaker blogs. Make sure to subscribe to my site if you haven’t already.