The story goes as follows for those that haven’t heard this before: Jordan traveled to Trieste, Italy, and treated basketball fans to a first class performance, the likes of which we back in the states were so privileged to witness nightly.

“Glass was everywhere. The backboard exploded. I’m looking at his eyes, his ears…looking for little bits of glass,” remembers Howard White, VP of Jordan Brand. “In the moment, it was wild. It was a little scary, because we didn’t know where the glass was going. They were playing and then there was that moment. I don’t know of any moment where one can detect something otherworldly has happened, but that one has become something grand. For MJ, though, it was just a moment in the game.”

The box score shows that Jordan scored 30 that night, but what isn’t revealed is this signature moment is now just part of Jordan’s long list of legendary lore and global appeal. The new AJ XXXI “Shattered Backboard” and AJ 1 “Shattered Away” colorways celebrate this historic Michael Jordan moment and reminds of his capacity to continually DeFY. expectation


The new AJ XXXI “Shattered Backboard” and AJ 1 “Shattered Away” colorways are a celebration of this moment. Both shoes will be available next Saturday, 10/8. Via Nike