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#NBArank All-Time Kicks: No. 4

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Ode to the 'Air Jordan III' (1:16)

J.A. Adande on how the Jordan III was an iconic masterpiece aesthetically and also captured the history of Michael Jordan up to that point in 1988. (1:16)

We're counting down the greatest basketball sneakers in NBA history. Our #NBArank panel of sneakerheads rated dozens of shoes. The result is our Top 30 list. Today, we unveil No. 4

All-Time Kicks
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Air Jordan III

Year of release
1988

Player who wore 'em
Michael Jordan

Check the rhyme
"Yeah, Jumpman, Jumpman, I don't need no introduction" | Drake, "Jumpman"

The sneaker
For a brief moment in the '80s, there was a chance Michael Jordan was going to leave Nike. Then the Air Jordan III came out and the rest is (very lucrative) history. After a disappointing release with the Jordan 2, the III took the burgeoning line to another level. It introduced the Jumpman logo, which is now one of the most recognizable in the world, and it was the pair on MJ's feet when he dueled against Dominique Wilkins to win the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago. -- Adam Reisinger

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