“Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest player of all-time, headlines a list of nine world class basketball personalities from seven different countries that make up the 2015 Class of Inductees to be enshrined into FIBA’s Hall of Fame on Saturday 19 September.
Along with Jordan, the contingent of players also includes national icons Antoine Rigaudeau of France, Lithuania’s Sarunas Marciulionis, Vladimir Tkachenko of Russia/Ukraine, Cuba’s Ruperto Herrera Tabio and Anne Donovan of the USA.
They are joined by legendary coach Jan Stirling of Australia.”
“Air” Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of my generation, accomplished so much in the NBA and on the international level. Michael Jordan was very instrumental in popularizing the NBA worldwide in the 1980s and 1990s. He inspired many people to be like him on the basketball court. Now, on September 19, 2015, he will add FIBA Hall of Famer to his impressive basketball résumé. The honor reminds the world of the greatness of Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan had an extraordinary international basketball career. He won two Olympic gold medals. In the summer of 1984, while still a collegiate player, he played on the Olympic team coached by Bob Knight and featured future NBA players such as Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin, Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, and Wayman Tisdale. Michael Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 points per game for the tournament and won the gold medal.
In the 1992 Summer Olympics, he was a member of the epic, star-studded “Dream Team” that included Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Patrick Ewing. Michael Jordan was the only player to start all eight games in the Olympics. He averaged 14.9 points per game, finishing second to Charles Barkley on the Dream Team in scoring. Michael Jordan and fellow Dream Team members Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are the only American men’s basketball players to win Olympic gold as amateurs and professionals.
The Air Jordan VII sneakers
Michael Jordan wore the Air Jordan VII when he competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as a member of the historic US Men’s Basketball Team (the “Dream Team”). Nike released a special Olympic color combo of the Air Jordan VII model that had Jordan’s Olympic jersey number, 9 even though most of the Air Jordans had the number “23” on the back. These sneakers became necessary for all sneakerheads.
Air Jordan VII is still one of my favorite Air Jordan sneakers ever. It was a tradition for me back in the 1990s to wear them on the Fourth of July. They complemented my American-themed jersey perfectly.
By Shamarie Knight, 23rd Jul 2015