AIR JORDAN 17
It was back to business for Michael Jordan when his Air Jordan 17, complete with a metal briefcase, dropped in 2002. His Airness returned from retirement yet again to join the talent-starved Washington Wizards. The 17 drew its inspiration from jazz music and the sleek Aston Martin and maintained the lace-shroud from the Jordan 16. At age 38, Jordan led the Wizards in scoring while wearing the 17 and became the oldest player to drop 50 points in a game.
It was the 2001–02 NBA season when MJ returned to the game yet again. A special Air Jordan was created for his first steps back on the court. Referencing MJ’s mid-air wizardry — his ability to improvise in flight — the AJ XVII’s design drew from the improvisational nature of jazz. Like a traveling jazzman, the shoes came with a metal briefcase and an accompanying CD-ROM.
At the time, the Air Jordan XVII’s were the most expensive Air Jordan ever created. They had their share of technological bells and whistles to back it up. They came equipped with the brand’s first Tuned Air system, a full-length shank plate and a TPU heel stabilizer.
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