Magic Johnson admits he often calls Jordan for free shoes

jordan-vs-magicOf all people, Magic Johnson is of course not the one who cannot afford himself a pair of sneakers, and yet he sometimes calls his former fellow former NBA star Michael Jordan and asks him for a free pair of Air Jordans.

As Johnson admitted in an interview during the Dodgers Foundation’s Blue Diamond Gala fashion show, he still has a lot of “Air Jordan” sneakers.

“Michael’s still number one,” Johnson said. “Whether it is sweat suits, shirts or shorts, or the sneakers, all got to go together. So I call him up all the time and say to send me a package or Air Jordans.”

“And what he doesn’t send, I go out and buy,” Johnson said.

“I love Air Jordans and what they represent. Michael’s still the best, just thing about it – after all these years, his brand is still number one, it is just amazing, blows me away.”

“And he beats all these guys,” Johnson said, referring to the other active NBA players. “You can put all their sales together and they still don’t come close to Michael’s.”

Johnson himself was among those NBA superstars that endorsed Converse sneakers.

At one point in the mid-80s, Converse had a TV commercial for its Weapon model that featured Johnson, Larry Bird, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Mark Aguirre and Kevin McHale.

However, Converse soon started to lose the market to Nike and their new star – Michael Jordan, as well as lack of innovations playing a key factor.

Magic Johnson eventually ended his relationship with Converse in 1992, saying Converse was a company that “stuck in the 60s and 70s.”

It should be noted that Nike now owns Converse, which filed for bankruptcy in 2001 and two years later got consumed by Nike.

Meanwhile, according to some reports, Jordan still makes around $100 million per year off his shoe deal with Nike.

A six-time NBA champion, Jordan earned fame and fortune on the basketball court, as well as through endorsements and movies. The Hall of Fame player won the NBA Most Valuable Player award five times and was named an all-star 14 times.

His on-court success and commercial endorsements have made him one of the most recognizable and prosperous athletes in the United States. A Hall of Famer, Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest.


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