Jordan Brand is gearing up to release a sneaker that commemorates a Michael Jordan highlight that often gets overlooked. Prior to all of his NBA championship glory, Jordan made the highlight reel in a Nike exhibition game overseas. Taking the court in Trieste, Italy, Michael put up 30 points before bringing down the house with a backboard-shattering slam dunk. As you’ll see in the recap video below, it was a real-life “boomshakalaka” moment. Now Nike is paying tribute to Mike making it rain glass shards on the opposing team with the upcoming Nike Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard.”
The AJ 1 High “Shattered Backboard” sports a black, orange, and white color scheme as a nod to the team colors worn by the Nike Exhibition squad in 1985. Going with a more on-the-nose tribute, the insole features a crisp graphic of a shattered backboard. While I’m not typically a fan of pairing black and orange on sneakers, the orange hue used for these gives off more of a basketball vibe than a Halloween one, which is always a good sign.
There’s no official release date for the Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Basketball” as of yet, but the colorway suggests that these would be best worn in the fall. Check out Jordan’s highlights from the game after the jump and stay tuned for details on a release date.
Sidenote: The music used in the highlight clip reminded me of this great Key & Peele sketch. Enjoy and hope you never have to get bad news via a series of cue cards.[MN]
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