Update: Tony Wroten sent out a tweet Friday afternoon stating that Michael Jordan in fact DID NOT reach out to Wroten, and that he was joking around with a reporter.
@TWroten_LOE MJ NEVER called and apologized. I was joking around with a local reporter saying “yea he should call me agent” not knowing I would be quoted
Original: It has been over 10 years since Michael Jordan played in an NBA game, but the shoes he inspired are as popular as ever.
New iterations of the infamous Air Jordan shoes drop almost every weekend, as people save up, line up, and camp out for the kicks modeled after the ones Jordan competed in on the court. The price tag on the shoes has risen steadily over the past decade as the sneaker culture has gained popularity, but that doesn’t stop most models from selling out instantly.
Fans of the infamous footwear range from young kids that didn’t even have an opportunity to watch Jordan play in person, to NBA players that grew up idolizing MJ.
Sixers guard Tony Wroten is one player who is known for his expansive kick collection, and he often pulls pairs, old and rare especially, from his own stash to hit the hardwood in.
He has been seen sporting several 76ers-themed colorways of popular Air Jordan retro models this season, but apparently not all of them were durable enough for Wroten’s demands.
In a recent game against Indiana, while wearing a pair of ‘Red Steel’ Jordan 10’s, Wroten planted to pivot and his shoe blew apart. The sole of the shoe was basically ripped from the upper by the impact of Wroten’s movement.
Play was stopped momentarily, and Wroten, who keeps several reserve pairs in his locker, ran back and switched up the shoes, no big deal, it seemed.
SOURCE: Philly.com – Michael Kaskey-Blomain