Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 14 Rip Hamilton
Best Place To Purchase: Ebay.com
Price Range (At The Time Of This Review): $86.99-$309.99
Available Sizes: Toddler, Preschool, Grade School, Men’s
What’s good everyone! Today, the Jordan Brand has released a special PE colorway of the classic Air Jordan 14 that pays tribute to retired basketball player Richard Hamilton. The Air Jordan 14 Rip Hamilton is now available, and it shows a huge resemblance to the Air Jordan 14 Candy Cane. Can you picture yourself rocking these kicks?? If so, you can make a purchase now.
Who Is Rip Hamilton
Richard “Rip” Hamilton is a retired professional basketball player who played with the Washington Wizards (1999-2002), Detroit Pistons (2002-2011), and the Chicago Bulls (2011-2013). During his time with the Pistons, he became a 3x NBA All-Star. He has also led the Pistons to 6 Eastern Conference Finals, back to back NBA Finals, and the 2004 NBA Championship.
Rip was born and raised in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, and attended the University of Connecticut. During his three years at Connecticut, he played for the Huskies and became the NCAA Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player, and won the NCAA Championship against the Duke Blue Devils in 1999. He was also name the Consensus First Team All-American during that year.
During his senior year, Rip has entered the 1999 NBA Draft, and was drafted 7th overall by the Washington Wizards. During his three years with the Wizards, he has average 20 points per game (next to Michael Jordan). In 2002, he was traded to the Detroit Pistons, where he would play with them for a total of nine season. In 2011, he traded to the Chicago Bulls where he would play for two final seasons before retiring.
On February 26th, 2017, the Pistons retired his No. 32 jersey.
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 14 History
The Air Jordan 14 was first introduced in 1998-1999, designed by Tinker Hatfield. This was the last signature Jordan sneaker that Michael Jordan has worn before his second retirement from the NBA. Did you know that the Air Jordan 14 was inspired by MJ old car, the Ferrari F355 F1? Tinker wanted the Jordan 14s to be fast, with razor-like sharpness, just like Ferrari.
The Air Jordan 14 was the first Jordan sneaker to feature sliver shoe lace tips, which had Jumpman logos on them. On each sneaker, there are a total of seven jumpman logos on them, which adds up to 14 (fun fact, isn’t it). This sneaker features low profile zoom air units, which help cool off your sweaty feet while playing basketball in them. These units are located at the forefoot, and heel of the shoe. It also features aerodynamic side panels, which braces the foot for stability. The Air Jordan 14 has a few minors unfortunately. The Phylon Midsole would crease very quickly. Also, over time, the toe box area of the sneaker would come unglued.
Back in 1998-1999, The Air Jordan 14 was originally retailed at $150.00, while the low versions were $130.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This sneaker shows a huge resemblance to the Air Jordan 14 Candy Cane; it is dressed in a white, red, black, and metallic silver color scheme. The leather upper is dressed in white, while varsity red can be seen on the midsole, heel area, and tongue area. Finally, it features the traditional shield logos on the side, carbon fiber plates by the midsole, and a white rubber outsole.
These are now out, and is selling like hot cakes. Don’t beat around the bush on these. GO AND COP A PAIR NOW!!!
The Pros And Cons
- Light weighted
- Cool Colors
- Good Ankle Support
- Good Traction
- Gets Dirty Fast
- Does Not Break In Quickly
Video Of The Sneaker
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