Sneakerheads are probably not familiar with the name Hur Jae, unless they follow international basketball. He is a former all-round amateur basketball player, having won five consecutive championships and was awarded the MVP title thrice while playing as a member of Kia Motors. Back when he retired from the sport in 2004, he was a member of the TG Xers, one of the Korean Basketball League’s clubs at that time. Even his number “9” was retired along with him. Currently, he is the FIBA head coach of the Korean National Team and he was recently spotted laced up in a rather special, never-before-seen colorway of the Air Jordan 3.
Presently, Hur Jae is also the head coach of the Jeonju KCC Egis, another one of KBL’s basketball clubs. He became the head coach of South Korea’s national team back in 2009, five years after his retirement. He competed in the Summer Olympics twice, once during the 1988 Summer Olympics that took place in Seoul, South Korea, where he finished 9th in the men’s team event. That year, he was also among the Olympic Oath takers. In the 1990 FIBA World Championship match, he scored 54 points against Egypt, setting a record for the most points scored in the league’s World Championship match, which has not been broken yet.
It might already be obvious that Korea, specifically South Korea, has a pretty robust basketball culture of its own. As mentioned and as can be seen in the first photo accompanying this post, Jae Hur seems to be the first to rock the Air Jordan 3 iteration, which has simply been dubbed “Korea.” This sneaker has been dressed up in the color scheme of the Taegeukgi, flag of the Republic of Korea. The four black trigrams and the yin-yang from the flag, and “Seoul” in Korean are embroidered on the front of the right tongue and the behind the left tongue, respectively. The sneaker also features its signature elephant print overlays over its heels and toes, while the Nike “Air” branding can be spotted over its heels.
Rumors have been suggesting that this sneaker could end up joining one of the more limited edition Air Jordan releases 2018, especially since it has been worn by someone like Jae Hur. While Jordan Brand has not officially announced or confirmed any release details, this Air Jordan 3 “Korea” will likely end up being available in an extremely limited quantity.
Air Jordan 3 “Korea”