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The Air Jordan International Flight Collection Recounts Unknown MJ Tales

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I wrote a post a couple of weeks ago inviting Jordan Brand to extend the Premio collection, see link below.

The Air Jordan Bin 23 Premio Collection Ought To Continue

The Bin23 pack’s objective was to reveal MJ stories that the general public knew nothing about. Most of us are very familiar with the Flu Game, the Last Shot, the Playoffs 9 and 12’s etc.. But Michael Jordan’s addiction to the game of basketball led him to include a  “Love of the Game” clause in his contract to ensure he could play year-round- now that’s real love for the orange ball. I didn’t know that till today when I was checking out the brand’s Air.jordan.com blog. The Air Jordan International Flight Collection encompasses those post- season tales of MJ we aren’t familiar with. In honor of that, Nike is releasing three pairs of sneakers loaded with intriguing tales of the GOAT’s off season prowess.

THE SHOES

August 30, 1990: Barcelona, Spain Two years before he’d take his famous stroll around the city (before winning a gold medal), MJ put on a show at a local Spanish League opener in Barcelona. As part of a European tour that year, Jordan arrived just before the start of the Spanish League season. He judged the slam dunk contest and played in a promotional game, finishing the evening with a team-high 37 points. The Air Jordan 5 “International Flight” has an orange and blue mosaic pattern inspired by street art in Barcelona, as well as the colors of the jerseys MJ wore during the game. It also changes the spelling of Air to “Aire” on the tongue, referring to the Spanish translation of Air Jordan via Air.jordan.com RELEASE DATE : AUGUST 28
September 12, 1996: Tokyo, Japan The summer after Jordan’s 72-10 championship season, MJ and other NBA stars went to Tokyo for a basketball clinic. In front of 32,000 fans, players like MJ and Michael Finley showed off by playing 1-on-1, 4-on-4 and even having a little friendly competition with some of Japan’s famous sumo wrestlers. Finley would go on to become one of the first Jordan Brand athletes. He remembers that whether MJ was playing for a championship or against sumo wrestlers in Japan, he never lost his competitive nature. “We did a little scrimmage against some local guys and a couple of the sumo wrestlers who probably had never touched a basketball in their lives,” recalls Finley. “He had fun with them and joked around, but at the end of the day he told us, ‘Yo, we’re not losing this game.’ He said, ‘I don’t lose. Whether it’s for charity, scrimmage, or in the season, I don’t lose.’ The Air Jordan 12 “International Flight” has a koi fish scale print on the mud guard and an embossed, kimono-inspired print on the upper. The characters on the heel of the shoe translate to “Air Jordan” OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 8

I wrote about the the Jordan 3 international flight a couple of weeks ago, refer to link below

Available Now Air Jordan 3 International Flight Charity Game 136064-140