We take a look at the intriguing Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Sports Illustrated” which releases soon. Jordan Brand keeps the AJ1 heat going. In fact, the inspirations are getting pretty interesting. MJ’s past glory is coming more into focus.
We all know that Michael Jordan was a basketball icon. He still very much is. We’ve all seen the highlights. We know the stats, the great plays, and the great shoes. What we often fail to realize is just how good Jordan really was. Sports pundits and fans alike love to talk about how there will “never be another Jordan.” But, few often grasp the smaller details of just how unstoppable the man was.
Michael Jordan entered the league as a largely untested rookie. He’d won a national championship in college and rose to national stardom. However, he wasn’t exactly playing NBA competition. His NCAA opposition was talented and organized, without question. But they weren’t the staunch defenses of the NBA in that era.
One such team was the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are part of this shoe in their own way. This edition of the Air Jordan 1 is inspired by MJ’s first Sports Illustrated cover as a Pro. The Black, White, and Red on the leather upper are fairly self-explanatory. More interesting, though, is the lateral Swoosh. Here, we see striping in gradient Green hues. That visual is lifted from one of the jerseys of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks shared the cover with MJ, but in a less glamorous light. Sidney Moncrief, the head of that defensively talented team, is pictured trying to guard him. Underneath a soaring Jordan is also Mike Dunleavy, attempting to take a charge. Neither of them can stop him from lifting off.