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    A gift to a New York Knicks player with his letter of provenance

    1997 Michael Jordan Fifty-One Point "The Con Game" Worn Chicago Bulls Sneakers, MEARS Authentic. Even fellow players were starstruck by Michael Jordan during his reign of NBA dominance, as this important pair of sneakers will illustrate. A letter of provenance from from New York Knicks forward Walter McCarty on consignment shop paperwork tells the tale:

    "Jordan, Michael Game Used Sneakers 1-21-1997 vs. my team Knicks. During a time-out I pointed to Michael Jordan's sneakers and said I've got to have those after the game. Michael Jordan hand delivered them to my locker room after the game signed."

    While Jordan's signature sneakers have set the standard for hardcourt couture for the better part of three decades now, it is likely that McCarty's request was due in some degree to the masterful performance of the superstar point guard on that evening at Chicago's United Center. The Bulls moved to an eye-popping thirty-five and five with the 88-87 victory over the visiting Knicks, fifty-one of those points recorded by Jordan himself.

    Many have theorized that Jordan's offensive onslaught was his revenge for comments made by Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who told the press before the game that Jordan "really doesn't care about [young players].... He sucks them into thinking he wants to see them develop. He talks about young players, invites people to be in his movies -- and it's all a con. His way is to befriend them, soften them up, try to make them feel like he cares about them. Then he goes out there and tries to destroy them." Van Gundy insisted later that he meant the comments as a compliment to his smart competitiveness, but the result was another chapter in the thick volume of Jordan lore, a contest remembered in history as "The Con Game."

    The white leather Air Jordan XII's exhibit definite game wear but none of the condition problems (namely degradation of the rubber) often seen in old sneakers. Each is tagged to a size "13" inside, and the right shoe is autographed in black sharpie at exterior ankle. Letter of provenance from Walter McCarty. LOA from MEARS, Authentic. Full LOA from PSA/DNA. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication.






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