Michael Jordan's empire is built off the foundation of his basketball legacy. The 90s belonged to Jordan as he dominated early and often. In 1992, Jordan claimed his second straight NBA Championship and an Olympic gold medal in Barcelona with the Dream Team. 1993 was no different as he continued stream rolling through the league and collected his first three-peat. While he was amazing on the hardwood floors, he gave it all up when he lost his desire to play. On October 6th, 1993, Jordan shocked the world and announced his retirement. He chose to pursue his childhood dreams of becoming a professional baseball player. He signed a minor league contract and wore the number 45 as a member of the Birmingham Barons (Double A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox).
Jordan's time on the baseball diamond concluded when he chose to return to the NBA. The 1994-95 Bulls struggled but received a boost when Jordan announced "I'm Back" on March 18, 1995. A reincarnated MJ rocked a 45 jersey and a pair of Jordan Xs which were meant to be a commemorative model hence Jordan's major achievements engrained into the outsoles.
The Jordan X Double Nickel is inspired by Jordan's 55 point performance against the New York Knicks on the biggest stage for basketball, Madison Square Garden. The shoes will release on the 20th anniversary of the legendary night (March 28, 1995). Usually a number 23 is embroidered but these will have the number 45. The Jordan X will retail for $190 in men's adult sizing.
Proving he was still a force to be reckoned with on the hardwood, Jordan put up 55 points against New York, leaving no question that he was, indeed, back. The “Double Nickel” was originally a player exclusive pair worn by MJ in a few games after he came out of retirement in 1995 while wearing jersey number 45.