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Michael Jordan Called Tinker Hatfield In 1996 And Said, “I Told You So, Motherfucker.”

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MJ, Tink, and a story.

Years before the patent leather wrapped Air Jordan XI was conceived, Michael Jordan told Tinker Hatfield they should make a shiny signature shoe. Tinker needed a performance reason though to make it happen, as he explained on a live interview with OSD last night.

The Nike VP of Design and Innovation and long time Air Jordan lead designer eventually found patent leather as a material solution which added performance support while also boasting the glossy flair MJ had wanted to try out on his shoes. When the Air Jordan XI picture had locked into place with its gleaming patent leather rand as a focal point of the shoe, MJ predicted in an aside to Tinker that when the shoe releases to the public, people will wear it with suits and tuxedos. And that’s exactly what happened.

In 1996, Boyz II Men was seeded early pairs of the polished new Air Jordan XI shoes and wore them to a nationally televised music awards event wearing tuxedos. This anecdotal backdrop to the AJ XI narrative has been well recounted by Tinker. But here’s the conclusion to the story that we’ve never heard before.

After the Boyz II Men performance, Michael Jordan, ever the competitive spirit, placed a call to Tinker Hatfield directly. He opened with the simple line: “I told you so, motherfucker.” Aw.

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It’s great how Jordan’s involvement really gave the Jordan’s that personal touch. 8)

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*sigh.. those were the days.. man.. i missed out on a lot!!!

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I love it!

Both Tinker Hatfield and Nike made their bones with Jordan as their leading man.

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Best shoe of all time

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that’s why MJ is the greatest. His influence is huge.

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lol I’m sure any signature line will have that endorsor’s involvement…pretty obvious…

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beautiful shoes…

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Ha! Too funny!

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nope mr Towelie.. case in point, the fly-wades.. they WERE THE AJ2011.. but since wade signed with JB, they said “screw it”

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