Rumor has it that, at the 1985 All-Star Game in Indianapolis, a group of veteran players conspired to “freeze out” a young rookie. They considered him a newcomer, too flashy and confident for his status in the league. That rookie was Michael Jordan, who arrived in Indianapolis dressed head to toe in his own signature Nike Air Jordan collection. While an outfit like that might be common in today’s game, its confidence and swagger felt new at the time. Adding to the bold black, white and red outfit, with its eye-catching “Chicago” Air Jordan Is, were two shiny gold chains (foreshadowing future hardware awarded to MJ throughout his illustrious career). On the way to the Slam Dunk Contest finals, perhaps those veterans were most irked by the fact that MJ’s style was backed up by talent, fearlessness and showmanship.
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