The earliest pair of game-worn shoes from Michael Jordan’s 1984-85 rookie season with the Chicago Bulls will go up for auction next month.
The auction firm expects to get at least $50,000 for the kicks, which pre-date Jordan’s signature Air Jordan brand with Nike. The shoes were signed and given to former Laker ballboy Khalid Ali, who kept them for more than 30 years.
Jordan scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting in Chicago’s 113-112 win over the Lakers. According to basketball-reference.com, a scan of the boxscore for the game indicates that Jordan started the game for the Bulls, along with Steve Johnson and Orlando Woolridge at forward, Caldwell Jones at center and Ennis Whatley at the other guard spot.
Quintin Dailey came off the bench to score 28 points to lead the Bulls and Woolridge added 23 points. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Lakers with 32 points while Magic Johnson scored 12 points with 16 assists.
The online auction opens April 8 and continues through April 25.
- Phil Watson