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Air Jordans Banned from NBA – 24 Year Anniversary

This year Jordan Brand and Nike have been celebrating 23 years of Air Jordans. Many could debate what was the true birth of the Air Jordan whether it was the designing of the Jordan 1, the first time he wore the shoes in the NBA, or the day that the NBA banned the shoes from the league.

This week on OSD, a trivia question was asked about the significance of today. It was 23* 24 years ago today, October 18th, that the Nike Air Jordans were banned from the NBA and a penalty for Michael Jordan wearing the shoes was set at $5,000 per game. Like with many Jordans, Michael wore them in the game before anyone else had the chance.

“On September 15th, Nike created a revolutionary new basketball shoe. On October 18th, the NBA threw them out of the game. Fortunately, the NBA can’t stop you from wearing them.

Air Jordans from Nike.”

* – Clearly I need to relearn simple subtraction.

Comments

  1. oldjumpman says:

    YES, THESE WERE THE BEST JORDANS 1…

  2. oldjumpman says:

    BUT LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, THE NBA WOULDN’T BAN THESE TODAY, RIGHT?

  3. sneak_freak310 says:

    they should’ve banned those shorts he was wearing

    1. gino says:

      lmaoooooo

  4. Zane says:

    the reason was becasuse they felt like they were special shoes and he was cheating.. in that time nobody had their own shoe brand madde so they thought the shoes would help him so they banned the shoes from the nba… of course that later changed when many other barnds started making shoes for different players… thats how the story goes, and of course they would let someone play in the retro 1′s today!! how many people you see with their own shoe from a brand??!!! STUPID QUESTION!!

  5. Zane says:

    comment 3 was LAME as HELL!!

  6. Nice Kicks says:

    Zane,

    I am sorry but that wasn’t necessary to call someone’s comment out like that. Those shorts were almost as short as Stockton’s and the dude was making a joke.

    I could say a TON about your explanation about why the shoes were banned, but that’s not my place to do that.

  7. jasonb says:

    Ha, Zane, you are 100% wrong kid. Actually, you bought the hype that Nike tried to sell by running these “banned” campaigns. They were banned from the NBA because of the shoes colors, not because it gave some competitive advantage…

    comment 4 was LAME as HELL!!

    *_*

  8. pat says:

    ^^yo zane.. thats not why they banned them its because the official NBA rules say the shoe has to have the team colors and “some semblance” of white on it and the only white on the bred 1s was the midsole and they didn’t feel that was enough… so it really wasn’t that stupid of a question

  9. pat says:

    wow by the time i posted my least comment there were already 2 others that weren’t there before calling zane out! lol

  10. gangstaintheclub says:

    ha lol wow!!! dang yall got on him

  11. zane says:

    DAM!!! my bad!!! i researched it on wikepedia!!! sum one had that up there!!!! thats sum BULL!!

  12. never trust wikipedia, thats probably the worst resource website around.
    Anyone can edit what anyone says and put their worthless 2 cents into it and make it completely false.
    But, back to the topic at hand.
    I feel jordans being banned is what started the trend with them..It kind of set the tone for peoples sneaker interests nowadays.

  13. dcypoe says:

    since when does lil zane leave comments on nicekicks…just like the rap games zane, this ones stupid as hell…getting his info from wikipedia???…get out of the shoe game NOW!!!

  14. greenmaker24 says:

    best 1s

  15. BK-Big-Jay says:

    SMH/ zane you get your info from wikipedia??? never admit that out loud. a 6 year old can edit that website. dont use it unless you really have to. its good for some reference but i wouldn’t trust anyone on that talking about Jordans. what sneaker head edits on wikipedia? a lame, thats who. and i agree, i dont think its your place to tell people whose comments are lame and whose aren’t. but all i want to know is why it looks like mike waxed his legs then rubbed baby oul all over his calves. is that the secret? brb, i’ll check and see if my vert goes up 20 inches…

  16. 85AirStar says:

    CAN ANY OF U GUYS TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND THESE AJ1s other than flightclub?? I know they’re worth it, but i don’t feel like droppin $500 plus ‘em??

  17. sneakerfittedguy says:

    Wikipedia is messed… but not so much these days. They have a new feature that helps keep editing clean and the edit is only posted publicly if it has hyperlinks to proper sources. However, the feature doesn’t help when the edit looks like it actually has something to do with the article (ex. they can catch it if you write, “Jordan’s shoes SUCK” on the Nike page, but it wouldn’t catch, “Nike overprices sneakers”) It’s like a robot on their site :S

    But anyways, aside from whack comments & sources, the Jordan legacy is best sneaker line ever HANDS DOWN.

    I’m back with a new question: (2 actually)
    1. IS PICKYOURSHOES.COM LEGIT? &
    2. Are all CDP packaged in the same kind of box? Or does every unique CDP have a unique box design to it as well??

    THANKS!

    P.S. NEVER GET YOUR INFO FROM FAKE, NON-SNEAKER DEDICATED SITES LIKE WIKIPEDIA.

    SOOOOOFFFFT!!! REAL RESEARCH GOES DOWN ON SITE LIKE NICEKICKS, DUNNO!!

  18. Nice Kicks says:

    ^ The price of these is part of the reason I am very content with the Jordan 1 PHAT’s. It’s jean season anyways so who the hell knows the difference.

  19. SneAKeR FrEaKEr says:

    Man i love that the keep makig the 1′s in different colorways!!
    i got them olympics and i’m tryna cop sum limited edition lasers!! the retro 1 is the hardesdest RETRo in MY PERSPECTIVE!!

  20. Actually, it’s been 24-years–October 18, 1984.

    The Air Jordan 1s were released in February 1985.