NBA Roundup: Your Air Jordan 1 could break auction record

Published July 30, 2020, 10:05 PM

by Manila Bulletin Sports

Air Jordan 1 might break auction record
Air Jordans
The Air Jordan 1 High “Shattered Backboard” Origin Story, Game-Worn Signed Sneaker Nike, 1985 Size 13.5 High-Top on display during a press preview July 24, 2020 at Christie’s New York. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

An Air Jordan 1 that Michael Jordan wore in an exhibition match in Italy in 1985 could sell for as high as P41 million or $850,000 in an online auction organized by Christie’s with Stadium Goods running until Aug. 13.

An unusual piece in this red, white, and black sneakers signed by His Airness is a glass in the left sole that lodged when he shattered the backboard in a dunk.

Ten other pairs worn by Jordan are also up for grabs in the auction.

Among these are a Nike Air Ship Jordan during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984 and a Air Jordan 7 Olympic at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The market value of objects identified with Jordan – owner of the Charlotte Hornets – has been in an upswing lately.

This was attributed to the showing of the ESPN/Netflix documentary “The Last Dance” chronicling the saga of Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1900s.

3 groups set to receive Jordan donation

Speaking of Jordan, three groups will receive part of his $100-million pledge to the Black community.   

These are the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted Peoples, and Families Movement, and Black Voters Matter.

The first two will get  $1 million each while the third will receive $500,000.

Jordan, who made the pledge in June, said the money will support social justice, economic justice, and education and awareness.

”I’m all in with Jordan Brand, the Jordan Family, and our partners, who share a commitment to address the historical inequality that continues to plague Black Communities in the US,” Jordan said in a statement.

Alexis Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Giannis, to play in Spanish league
Antetokounmpo brothers
Antetokounmpo brothers, from left. Kostas, Giannis, Thanasis and Alexis (AFP Photo / Joe Scarnici)

A brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks is playing for Murcia in the Spanish league in Europe in the hope of following him to the NBA.

Alexis, who had just turned 19, said that his dream is to play in the NBA with his three other brothers – NBA MVP Giannis, Thanasis of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Kostas of the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I talked to my family and they agreed it was the right choice to play in the Spanish league,” Alexis said.

“I decided to play in Europe as I believe that this will give me the opportunity to feel earlier the pressure of professional basketball, compete with older and more experienced basketball opponents and most importantly learn and gain knowledge from the European basketball which, I believe, will help me into my next career steps.”

Murcia “showed their interest in me from the very beginning and seems that they are interested in helping me develop further my talent and leave me space to make mistakes in order to get better,” he added. (Compiled by Tristan Lozano)