Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk: The Sakuragi Story


You’re likely aware the new Jordan X “Slam Dunk” Collection releases tomorrow (11/1), but really the back story of this pack has roots dating back to the mid ’90s. And in the ’90s, when Michael Jordan was the face of basketball, Japanese artist Takehiko Inoue was the creator of the popular Japanese manga series called “Slam Dunk.” It’s safe to say Inoue was quite crazy about basketball and while everyone pretty much has their focus on the Jordan 6 Retro in the collection, we wanted to shed a little light into the significance of the entire pack.

Who Is Hanamichi Sakuragi?

Hanamichi Sakuragi is the main character of the popular ’90s manga “Slam Dunk” series. At the beginning of the series, Sakuragi is a slacker, and basically good for nothing other than fighting. It’s not until he joins the basketball team where he realizes his full potential and his talent as a ball player.

Why The Number 10?

Sakuragi’s character was actually based on Dennis Rodman because of his assigned rebounding and fierce play attributes. They both also shared the same number, so hence the usual number 23 is replaced by the number 10 in this collection as it is a nod to Sakuragi. And in a way, giving the character his very own PE.

Why The Jordan VI?

The Slam Dunk series first debuted in 1991 which is the same year the Jordan VI was released. As an added bonus, the 1990-91 season was also the campaign in which MJ finally won his elusive first NBA title.

What Makes The Jordan Super.Fly 3 Special?

By the end of the Slam Dunk series, Sakuragi became injured and unable to play, which is where the Super.Fly 3 comes into play. Takehiko Inoue, the creator of the series, which ended in 1996, always believed that Sakuragi was still out there training and getting ready to get back on the court so he continued to create new artwork even though he knew it might never see the light of day. So not only does the Super.Fly 3 feature artwork previously unseen, but the model represents one of Jordan Brand’s latest and greatest basketball sneakers that would be a perfect choice for Sakuragi to lace up on his return to the court.

The Boxes

We all love and cherish the box that our kicks come in (a little too much really), and these two separate packages are no exception. For the Jordan VI, you have a black & white box with original graphics from the comic series. For the Super.Fly 3, we have an all-red box with brand new graphics that allow Inoue to continue Sakuragi’s legacy.


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