Patrick Ewing is a Georgetown legend that brought home a National Championship. Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo formed one of the most intimidating (on paper) frontcourt tandems in the history of
college basketball. John Thompson Jr. is a legend of the college game. And yet, for such a proud institution it always struck me as curious that after being a Nike school for so long, they switched to Jordan Brand a few years ago. You know, the brand that’s named after a player who famously beat them in the 1982 title game.
While it’s not the same thing as wearing a rival school’s colors, Georgetown wearing Jordans is kind of a continuation of MJ’s trolling of Patrick and all the Hoya centers that he ever dunked on. And Georgetown kids were wearing Jordans even when MJ was in the league. How that doesn’t annoy Ewing in the slightest is beyond me. Not that Georgetown should have switched to Ewing Athletics, but some pride for their own guy would have been nice, I guess…
Anyways, while MJ was busy leading the Chicago Bulls to the best record in NBA history in the Air Jordan 11, there was a big time college player shattering expectations in the same kicks. Despite his barely 6-foot frame (and even that was a stretch if you ever saw him in person), Allen Iverson was a force of nature during his short time as a Hoya. Everybody knows AI was way more athletic and durable than his body should have allowed, but it was really on full display during his college years.
With the Air Jordan 11 Low “Georgetown” dropping this weekend, there’s a part of me that wants to believe that this is Jordan Brand’s small way of acknowledging Iverson’s legacy. There will never be an official nod for legal reasons, especially in light of Reebok putting a stop to Nike selling a Zoom Flight ’96 that pays homage to Iverson, but it would be cool if there was a hint anywhere on the kicks. We all know that the Reebok Question was partially inspired by the 11 and that AI has been known to wear Js from time to time. Why can’t we all just get along, man?
So for this week’s edition of NCAA (or NBA) Kicks Retro, let’s take a look back at the most famous Hoya alumni to rock the iconic kicks as Allen Iverson Runs Georgetown In The Air Jordan 11 “Concord”.
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