“Jordan grew up wearing Converse like his idol David Thompson but when it was time for the NBA rookie to sign a shoe deal he wanted to be an Adidas man.  At that time, Adidas was more focused on the international market and didn’t have much of interest in basketball players so Nike offered a deal to Jordan that most would have thought would be too hard to pass up but Jordan went back to Adidas and said if you can come anywhere close to this deal then i’m yours.  They passed and Nike won the lottery that day…although it would take a while for them to realize it.” – ballislife.com

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