Model: Air Jordan 3 “Knicks”
Key Features: The classic Nike Air Jordan 3 design remains unchanged, with New York Knicks-inspired color blocking present on the upper. Knicks orange and blue is seen on the sock liner, tongue, branding, midsole, and outsole. The tag on the inside of the tongue reads “04/08/88,” which is the date Michael Jordan dropped 40 points in a win over the New York Knicks the ’88 season.
Release Date: September 14
Editor’s Notes: Nike is dropping a Knicks-themed Air Jordan 3 to commemorate the heated rivalry between the New York franchise and Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The two teams met in the playoffs seven times between 1081 and 1996, with the Bulls winning six of those series. The rivalry really started to heat up in the late ’80s, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen taking on the Knicks’ Patrick Ewing and John Starks, with both teams becoming playoff contenders.
The Air Jordan 3 was first released in 1988 and is the sneaker Jordan won his first league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards in. It is also the first Air Jordan designed by legendary designer Tinker Hatfield and largely credited with keeping Jordan at Nike.
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