When Michael Jordan first retired in 1993 the Chicago Bulls wanted to honor MJ. To do that they had sculpters Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany created a 12-foot sculpture that was dubbed “The Spirit.” The placed the statue right in front of the United Center in Chicago. The statue has MJ in his icon Jumpman pose. On the statue Jordan is wearing the Air Jordan 9 shoe. The Air Jordan IX was a shoe that he never wore in an NBA game.

So to give a shout out to the statue Jordan Brand is releasing “The Spirit” Air Jordan IX Retro sneaker. The shoe features similar accent colors as the statue and reads November 1, 1994 on the backside of the tongue to mark the date it was unveiled. The retro will release next Saturday, Aug. 22 for $190 at select retail stores.

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