For the residents of Chicago, who happen to have admired Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls for a long time, they probably regard the G.O.A.T.’s statue as one of the Windy City’s most renowned monuments. However, while many of them might be aware of the existence of the statute and who it represents, it is likely that some of them do not know what that statue is officially called. Its official name is actually “The Spirit,” and is now also the nickname of the Air Jordan 9 colorway inspired from it, which is going to hit the shelves on one of the upcoming Jordan release dates 2015.
It was very shocking for the sporting world when Michael Jordan, soon after winning the NBA title for the third consecutive time as a member of the Bulls, made the announcement that he was retiring from professional basketball. No one could fill in Michael Jordan’s shoes at the time, so the Chicago Bulls commissioned Julie Rotblatt-Amrany and Omri Amrany to sculpt the “The Spirit” statue in celebration of Michael Jordan’s very first retirement from the NBA back in 1993. The statue was erected outside the United Center in Chicago and was a symbol of Michael Jordan’s contributions to the franchise, even though he had left to pursue a career in baseball.
Of course, Michael Jordan did not stay away from the sport for long and he returned to the Bulls just two seasons later, which lead to another three-peat victory. Those who have paid close attention to the “The Spirit” may have noticed that the statue is laced up in an Air Jordan 9 pair and that is where the upcoming Air Jordan 9 colorway takes inspiration from. While the sneaker primarily sports an all-White upper, it also emulates the appearance of the statue through the speckled “Milita Green” accents that are visible throughout.
After waiting for so long, sneakerheads can now know which one of the upcoming August 2015 Jordan release dates they should keep an out for. It has been confirmed that the Air Jordan 9 “The Spirit” will be up for grabs at a price of $190 on August 22nd.
Air Jordan 9 “The Spirit” “Statue”
Release Date: August 22nd, 2015
302370-109 | $190