Name Of Sneaker: Air Jordan 13 Lakers
Best Place To Purchase: Ebay.com
Price Range (At The Time Of This Review): $78.88-$335.14
Available Sizes: Toddler, Preschool, Grade School, Men
Hey my fellow sneaker heads! If you are a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan, then you are in for a nice surprise. The classic Air Jordan 13 will be featuring a new colorway which consist of Lakers colors. The Air Jordan 13 Lakers has released today, and is currently available in all sizes.
During the 1990-1991 NBA season, The Chicago Bulls have defeated the Lakers, and Michael Jordan has earned his first NBA Championship. This sneaker pays homage to that historic moment. Are these a must cop for you?? If so, you can make a purchase now.
The 1991 NBA Finals
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 13 History
The Air Jordan 13 was originally released way back in 1997. Tinker Hatfield has came up with yet another idea for a good design on the next Air Jordan. If you were a big Michael Jordan fan during the 90’s and watched how he played on the court, you would have notice the resemblance between him and a panther. He would watch his players and make a sudden move, and MJ would have the ball before you even knew what happened!!!
Tinker has met up with MJ and told him that he looked like a panther, or black cat. He also stated: “he would read his player, and strike like a panther”. Did you know that back in the day that all of MJ’s friends called him “black cat” which was his nickname??? The unique sole featured on the 13 is a huge resemblance to a panther’s paw. The 13 also features the classic circle hologram located by the heel of the sneaker, which is said to resemble the eye of a panther. You can notice the 23 and Jumpman logo on the hologram if you look very closely. Unfortunately, the hologram would fogged up overtime.
Back in 1997-1998, the Air Jordan 13 was originally retailed at $150.00, and the low versions were $130.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This sneaker features white across the leather upper, and the quilted overlays. Additionally, you will notice the nubuck purple hits across the heels, mudguards, and the midsole areas. And finally, to top things off, university gold accents are located on the outsoles.
Today has finally arrived, and these sneakers are on the market. Do you plan to add these to your Jordan collection? They are selling like hot cakes, so GO AND COP A PAIR NOW!!!
The Pros And Cons
- Breaks In Easy
- Cool Colors
- Runs True To Size
- Good Ankle Support
- Good Traction
- Stays Clean For A Long Time
- Creases Easily
- Hard To Clean
Video Of The Sneaker
These sneakers would definitely be a sellout, and wouldn’t be left in the dust. How are you feeling this new release??? Will you be copping a pair today? Leave your comments and questions below in the comment section, and I will be more than happy to help you out. And make sure to subscribe to my website if you haven’t already. Stay tuned as more sneaker blogs are on the way!!!