Life is fought with obstacles, but none is as debilitating as the death of a love one. After the tragic death of his father, Michael Jordan decided to hang up his Number 23 jersey. Instead, he returned to the passion shared by him and his father baseball. Created by Tinker Hatfield, the AJ9 was heavily influenced by Japanese design of streamlined silhouette and functional forms. It was the first to incorporated "speed lacing" with just one pull and expanded Jordan"s global stardom as well, with his reign as the world's #1 player in various languages inscribed on its outsole. Finally, the University Blue, Pantone 284, upper and For The Love Of The Game emblem reflected mind the endless possibilities.