How much would you pay for Michael Jordan’s Olympic-worn, autographed Converse?
Yes, we said “Converse.”
It’s hard to imagine, but there was a time when Michael Jordan didn’t wear Nikes. Sounds crazy, but it’s true.
The man who put the Nike brand at the pinnacle of the basketball shoe world then branched out and became his own brand once wore Converse.
MJ Wore Converse When He Made This Iconic Game-Winning Shot
That iconic game-winning shot in the 1982 National Championship game against Georgetown made “Michael Jordan” a household name. It was the moment that basketball pundits and fans across the globe knew that this kid was special.
Look closely at the photo above, primarily at MJ’s feet. See that splash of Carolina Blue? It’s on a Converse logo.
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At the time when Jordan was at UNC, legendary coach Dean Smith had a very close relationship with Converse, so that’s what the Tar Heels wore. Jordan left UNC after his junior year and was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in May 1984. A couple months later, he was in Los Angeles playing on the United States Olympic team.
This was before pros were allowed to play and since Jordan hadn’t officially become a professional yet, his participation was allowed in 1984 Games.
Guess what shoe he wore?
MJ’s Last Pair Of Shoes In Amateur Competition
After Jordan won the gold medal, he signed the biggest deal Nike had ever offered a basketball player: $2.5 million, which was the company’s entire rookie budget that year.
We’d say the signing definitely worked out for both parties.