Michael Jordan's last meaningful season was back in the 1997-98 season with the Chicago Bulls, but fifteen years later, he's more marketable (and more profitable) than ever. And while MJ's career has been over for a while, his shoes are still the most coveted & collected out there.
To celebrate Jordan's 50th birthday, ESPN put together a video series commemorating his career both on and off the court. This first piece focuses His Airness' domination of the sneaker world since 1985. After Nike signed him in his rookie year, it was nothing but magic from then on, something that Tinker Hatfield might've had something to do with.
Through "retirement" bumps, and disappointing, less-popular styles, the Jordan Brand continued growing into the juggernaut it is today. The proof is in the pudding -- any retro release within the last decade has sold out immediately, continues to demand the highest resale prices online.
Check out the video to see/hear what a a few NBA stars of today have to say about the legendary shoe, and the man whose name it shares.