The year is 1985, and the annual National Basketball Association awarding ceremony has come again. It was the year that the basketball community witnessed the rise of a rookie that will soon reign as the greatest player on the court - Michael Jordan. The world watched his aggressive plays and incredible shooting precision, all while keeping a great defense. In his enthusiastic commitment to his team position, MJ racked up an average of 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.4 steals, earning him the 1984-85 Rookie of the Year award and the first spot in the All-star roster.
Through the years of speeding across the court and jumping into the air before slamming the ball down the net, MJ played as the Jumpman, His Airness, and Air Jordan - probably the most iconic moniker he had, passing down into sneakers that would conquer the industry years later.
Fast forward to 33 years later, Nike commemorates the 1984-85 rising individual with a Retro High OG silhouette, the Air Jordan 1 "Rookie of the Year". Coming in Golden Harvest/Black-Sail colorway, the sneakers reimagine what Michael Jordan wore for his short yet witty acceptance speech. The sneakers maintain the soft, tumbled leather on the toe box and side panels in sail, while the mudguard, eyestay, and heels are covered with a golden harvest suede. Paying homage to MJ's achievements, the side wings feature the customary stamped AJ Wings logo and come detachable, with the insides revealing a quote from MJ and his impressive stats as a rookie. The tongue is built with a standard, padded nylon tongue topped with a black leather tag and a Nike branding in red. Neutral tones adorn the shoelaces, ankle collars, and the iconic Nike Swoosh. And finishing off the look are foamed Air midsoles in sail and the classic outsoles in black.