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The Air Jordan 12 Class Of 2003 Dropping This Week!!!

air jordan 12 class of 2003

The Jordan Brand is planning to release a sneaker that honors NBA basketball player Chris Paul’s alma mater. The Air Jordan 12 Class Of 2003 pays homage to Paul, and this colorway matches his high school colors. These are set to drop this Saturday, are you looking forward to this release???

Chris Paul And His High School Career

Chris Paul is a NBA point guard for the Houston Rockets. He formerly played for the New Orleans Hornets (2005-2011), and Los Angeles Clippers (2011-2017). Here is a list of his career achievements:

  • 9x NBA All-Star (2008-2016)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)
  • 4x All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012-2014)
  • 3x All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2016)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2011)
  • 7x NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012-2017)
  • 2x NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
  • NBA Rookie Of The Year (2006)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)
  • 4x NBA Assists Leader (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)
  • 6x NBA Steals Leader (2008, 2009, 2011-2014)
  • Consensus First-Team All-American (2005)
  • First-Team All-ACC (2005)
  • ACC Rookie Of The Year (2004)
  • No. 3 Retired By Wake Forest
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (2004)
  • North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2003)

Paul went to West Forsyth High School located in Clemmons, North Carolina. He was apart of the junior varsity team during his freshman and sophomore years. Paul has helped West Forsyth get to the state semifinals by averaging 25 points, 4.4 steals, and 5.3 assists each game. He has also earned tournament MVP honors during the National U-17 AAU title.

During Paul’s senior year, On November 15th, 2002, Paul’s grandfather was robbed by five young men, killing him in the process. He was 61 years old, so for every year, Paul would score 61 points for West Forsyth in honor of his grandfather’s death. During the end of the season, he has lead West Forsyth to a 27-3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional Finals. He has also averaged 6 steals, 9.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 30.8 points per game.

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 12 History

The Air Jordan 12 was introduced back in 1996, designed by Tinker Hatfield. This sneaker was inspired by the Japanese Rising Sun, featuring flowing lines reminiscent of the sending out its morning rays. Did you know that the Air Jordan 12 got started with a woman’s fashion shoe known as “Nisshoki”, a shoe from the 19th century??? This was because Michael Jordan is big on fashion. Also, if you look closely at the sneaker’s tongue, you will notice “TWO3” written down the tongue. MJ came up with a new and different idea for his number 23, so it has got a different look on the sneaker. Michael Jordan, despite suffering from the flu, has worn these in a game against the Utah Jazz, scoring 38 points. This was also the first Jordan to utilize Zoom Air Technology for lightweight cushioning and lightning quick responsiveness. It also includes a modified herringbone pattern for improved traction.  The original retail price for the Air Jordan 12 was $135.00.

Features Of The Shoe

This shoe features the colors of West Forsyth High School; Olive, Sail, Black and Gold. Olive is applied to the leather and suede on the upper, while the eyelets are featured in metallic gold. Additionally, you will notice “Class Of 2003” on the left insole, and Chris Paul’s signature logo “CP3”, on the right insole. Finally, it features a midsole and outsole covered in Sail.

Release Date

If you are a huge Chris Paul fan, you won’t want to miss out on these. These are releasing August 11th, for a retail price of $190.00. Who’s copping???

Air Jordan 12 Class Of 2003

August 11th, 2018

$190.00

Additional Images

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Video Of The Sneaker

Conclusion

It is always great to see a Jordan sneaker inspired by a great athlete. This is a great tribute to Chris Paul during his high school basketball career. Are you copping or dropping??? What are your thoughts on these??? Leave your comments and questions below, and I will be more than happy to help you out. Stay tuned, as The Latest Sneakers will keep you updated. Make sure to share, like, and subscribe for more sneaker content.

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7 Comments

  1. You have done a good job of researching the Class of 2003. You gave plenty of stats on Chris Paul and his amazing career. You gave plenty of stats on Micheal Jordan. You only gave passing stats on the shoe itself. I would like to have more information on the shoes to find out about their durability and if there are any available for some one who might have a small handicap and the types of warranties involved with the shoe.

  2. So did MJ wear the shoes with devil colors or did they change the color? It’s great that they are paying such tribute to Chris Paul though. His stats alone shows that he is a great player. Good motivation for young people coming up to.

    • Hello Russell, thanks for the comment. Michael eventually wore the Air Jordan 1, and started to have an affection for them. The Air Jordan 1 has released in some many colorways over the years. Feel free to always check out my site for more sneaker news!!!

  3. Chris Paul certainly achieved a lot in his basketball career didn’t he? A nice idea to honour him with his school colours on a sneaker.

    Are these available in just adult sizes or are their children sizes too?

    • Hello Hazel, thanks for the comment. These will be available in Grade School sizes (3y-9.5y), and Men’s sizes (8-13). Feel free to always check back with my site for more future updates!!!

  4. These Air Jordan sneakers look really stylish. I think this could be the perfect shoe for my nephew as he is quite fashion-conscious. Are these shoes more for everyday use or are they suitable to be worn when doing sports as well? Also, I wonder whether they are waterproof and could be worn on hikes through boggy grounds? What sizes do they come in, are half sizes available?
    I look forward to your reply.

    • Hello Sammy, thanks for the comment. These are basketball sneakers, so they would be great to play some ball in. Also, Air Jordan Sneakers are the latest fashion, you can either play ball in them or wear them just to wear them. Unfortunately, these are not waterproof, and they should not be worn for hiking, they will damage the suede and leather materials. These will be available in Men’s sizes (8-13), and Grade School sizes (3y-9.5y), half sizes will be available. I will be making a product review on these this Saturday that will include the purchase links, so come back to my site for the updates!!!

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