Playing in a game named after the greatest basketball player ever is truly a remarkable opportunity. Not only do the players in the Jordan Brand Classic play in one of the best high school all-american games in the country, they also get to play under the watch of His Airness himself, Michael Jordan. With the game being held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a third year straight, it is crazy to think that the JBC has already been around for 14 years, first debuting in the nation’s capital in 2002 where we saw names that we’d remember (Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire) and names we wouldn’t (Sean May, Rashad McCants).
One of the most important high school basketball all-star games in existence, as far as style and sneakers, it doesn’t get much better than this. While teams always rocked Jordan Brand kicks, it was not until 2006 when we started seeing exclusive colorways, all of that beginning with the Air Jordan XX1, a sneaker that was inspired by the Bentley Continental GT Coupe.
The top three basketball brands all having their own say in grassroots all-star games, and each one brings a different perspective. The games are different. The players are different. And the sneakers are different. Earlier this spring, adidas hosted the McDonald’s All American Game and Under Armour will hold the Elite 24 game, blending streetball and structured basketball. However, when it comes to all-around entertainment and gear, the Jordan Brand has held its own the last few years.
With the JBC back for 2015 tonight in Brooklyn, take a look at this Visual History of the Jordan Brand Classic.
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