Much has changed since 1996. One thing remains the same, however: Michael Jordan is still the greatest basketball player we’ve ever seen. He’s still the man, too. But in February of that year, there were question marks.
Jordan was coming off an embarrassing loss to the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Playoffs the year prior, and even though the Bulls had turned the rest of the league into meatloaf throughout the ‘95-96 season’s first half, you had some folks touting Grant Hill as the next Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal as the next something, and Penny Hardaway as the next everything. Jordan? He was still the dude. He was also old.
So when NBA All-Star Weekend took over San Antonio, Jordan set about proving to everyone around the world that he wasn’t finished yet. He joked with Shaq, and played him one-on-one. He pulled down Penny’s pants, then laughed about it. He rocked the Columbia Air Jordan XI. And he won the MVP. Mike was back. Officially. Everyone else just had to fall in line.
Almost 20 years later we’re presenting you with the Jordan River Walk Pack from Champs Sports and The Game Plan to celebrate that weekend. Featuring all of the classic colors—teal and pink, especially—the pack will have you stunting on and off the court with everything from cuffed pants to the brand new Jordan Super.Fly 3. You’ll never be Mike. You should definitely try, though.
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For real, it’s 2014. If you don’t have some cuffed pants in the rotation, it might be time to rethink your life. Same thing with socks—rocking the plain whites and blacks is not what’s up in ’14. The good thing for you is that we have more than enough swagger to loan some your way. So did Jordan. He was famous for rolling with the crew sweatshirts and in this collection you can style all over everyone with this sick teal look. Add in the Jordan Velocity and you’ll have all the girls wanting to chill with you.
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That ’96 All-Star Game had so much talent on the floor and yet no one could come close to outshining Michael Jordan. He was just that good, that charismatic. He scored 20 points, caught multiple dunks, and left everyone in the arena starstruck. You might be able to do the same thing if you’re rocking the latest sneaker tech from the Jordan Brand: the Super.Fly 3. Combining that with those pink sonic print shorts and no one will be able to miss you on the court. Half of the game is standing out, especially if you’re trying to grab next. Let this outfit do that work for you.
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THE KICK BACK
The action doesn’t stop when the buzzer sounds. In fact it probably only picks up. Don’t be a sweaty mess. Don’t be that guy, please. Give yourself a fresh look to kick back in. That’s what Jordan would’ve done. Give yourself some varsity pants, an ultrasonic Jumpman tee, and the Velocity sneaker. Give yourself this Jordan Knit hat. Staying fresh isn’t just a way of life. It is the way of life.