Derrick Rose’s New Shoe Reminiscent of Jordan

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Point guard Derrick Rose couldn’t afford Air Jordans when he was growing up in the Windy City, but now the 23-year-old league MVP is in Michael Jordan’s shoes as the star of the Chicago Bulls with his very own shoe line with Adidas and his very own cool commercial.

The adiZero Rose 2 came out in Chicago this past Saturday and Rose was at two different stores in Chicago to celebrate the occasion, the Daily Herald reports.

The paper also points out that the “All Flights Canceled” wording on the adiZero’s tongue seemed to be directly getting up in the face of the Jordan-brand shoes, such as Air Jordan and Fly Wade, which is named for Miami Heat star and fellow Chicago native, Dwyane Wade.

Rose, however, says that wording came about in a different way.[more]

The drawing is supposed to represent an airport departure board, he says. “You’ve got Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, Denver, Charlotte, Oklahoma and New York got canceled,” Rose said, according to the Herald, “but we’re cleared for takeoff.”

Adidas notes another element about the shoe’s design: “On his signature adizero™ Rose 2 shoes, court star Derrick Rose asked that the 3-Stripes be placed toward the heel so defenders would see the iconic adidas branding as he blasts past them and slam-dunks.”[more]

People started lining up at two in the morning to meet up with Rose on Saturday in the Windy City, the Chicago Tribune reports, but he may have been waiting for one part of the day more than the rest. Late in the day, he and two of his former high school teammates played three-on-three games against fans at the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls Club on Chicago’s West Side, named for Michael Jordan’s father.

“I’m blessed,” the Tribune quotes Rose, whose mother and three older brothers were nearby. “(Air Jordans were) out of reach growing up. I had L.A. Gear. So this is emotional.”

Rose is already on his way to becoming the next Jordan. All he has to do is win four more MVPs and bring Chicago six championships to match the man whose legacy seemingly cannot be escaped.

Nike, meanwhile, is more than aware of the competitor nipping at the Air Jordan’s heels. The shoe-maker released new images of the Air Jordan 10, due to hit stores in January. Its name? Chicago.

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