“I’m a Little-A** Kid”: Michael Jordan, Who Forced His Children to Wear His Brand, Didn’t Spare Rockets Star Jalen Green in Hilarious Story

Published 05/23/2023, 12:12 AM EDT

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Over the years, the Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and his legendary sneakers Air Jordan have become a household name across the globe. Every MJ fan would wish to own a pair of them as a mark of loyalty. However, the loyalty to Nike sneakers isn’t any different for the 6x NBA Champion, as he doesn’t let his kid wear any other brands. Moreover, Jordan once took his stubbornness outside his family, as the Houston Rockets star Jalen Green recently narrated a hilarious incident.

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Michael Jordan changed the dynamics of the sneakers industry through his iconic deal with Nike in the 1980s. The iconic Air Jordan sneakers turned into a billion-dollar industry and attained global popularity as a fashion statement because of MJ. Moreover, the following stories would reveal MJ’s adamant loyalty to the sneakers. 

Jalen Green narrates a hilarious Michael Jordan story

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In a recent podcast episode of Podcast P with Paul George, Jalen Green narrated a hilarious Michael Jordan incident from his childhood, when Paul George asked him if he had ever met MJ. The 21-year-old star said that Jordan made him replace his sneakers with Air Jordan when he wore Adidas shoes for a Michael Jordan camp in San Diego. Green added, “He just walked over to me and was like, you need to take them weak a** Adidas slides off… You need some Jordan slides.”

When Green had no Jordans on him, MJ brought a few slides for the star. He further expressed his take on the unexpected conversation with MJ, “I’m a little-a** kid though and he is talking about get rid of the weak a** slides.” 

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As mentioned earlier, MJ has unreal loyalty toward the brand Nike, as he once covered the US Olympics jacket with the national flag to hide the Adidas logo. When MJ expressed his disdain for other brands to outsiders, the stories inside his own household are even more hilarious. 

Jordan’s kids opened up on MJ’s loyalty

During a podcast conversation after the release of the docuseries, The Last Dance, Jordan’s kids narrated their father’s strict sneakers rules in the house. When the host asked them whether MJ allowed them to wear any other brands, three of them lunged forward with a ‘No’ in uniform. Interestingly, the NBA legend didn’t let his daughter Jasmine Jordan wear a ‘light-up’ sneaker as a seven-year-old.   

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Shahul Hameed is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports, where he brings his passion for sports and entertainment journalism to life. With a Master's Degree in journalism from a reputed institute and years of experience in the industry, Shahul always strives to provide insightful and astute coverage of the NBA to the fans. Shahul's love for sports writing dates back to his college days.
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