Top 10 Hottest Air Jordans Of 2019

Jordan Brand’s 2019 lineup featured an exhausting amount Air Jordan retros, as is tradition. The year was highlighted by the 30th anniversary Michael Jordan‘s fourth signature sneaker – the Air Jordan 4 – which returned in several different colorways including two the most beloved styles.

On top that, Jordan Brand brought back numerous all-time classics, plenty never before seen colorways, and introduced a collab that deserves to be mentioned in the “sneaker the year” conversation. There are surely more than 10 Air Jordans from the past 12 months that deserve to be on this year-end list, but I digress. 

Scroll down to check out my picks for the 10 Hottest Air Jordans 2019 along with StockX purchase links so you can cop your pair today.

Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” 

The iconic “Black Infrared” Air Jordan 6 that Michael Jordan wore during his first NBA title run made it’s always-welcomed return to retailers on February 16, 2019 as part Nike’s annual All-Star game collection. The kicks, which were previously retro’d in 2014, came back to life in OG form this year, featuring the familiar smooth, black nubuck upper, infrared detailing, a full-length Max Air unit in the sole, visible Air bubble in the heel and “Nike Air” logo on the heel. 

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Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Turbo Green”

As always, there were no shortage Air Jordan 1 releases this year. The iconic silhouette is a fan favorite regardless the colorway, but there was something particularly special about the “Turbo Green” pair that dropped in honor Charlotte hosting its first NBA All Star game.

The special edition 1s, which nod to the ’90s and the Charlotte Hornets, feature a suede and leather construction highlighted by that vintage-looking turbo green color as well as purple and gold detailing on the tongue’s “Nike Air” branding.

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Air Jordan 4 “Bred”

This sneaker could release every single year, and every single year it would be among the best releases that year. The latest iteration the “Bred” Air Jordan 4 arrived in May, and it looked just as sweet as it did when it originally launched 30 years ago.

Returning in OG form, the iconic 4s were built on a black nubuck, supported by the familiar grey and red detailing along with the aesthetically pleasing “Nike Air” branding on the heel for the first time since 1999. 

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Air Jordan 10 “Seattle” 

The Air Jordan 10 “Seattle” finally returned to retailers in 2019 for the first time since it originally released as part the “City Series” way back in 1995. 

The original Air Jordan 10 “City Series” released while Michael Jordan was away from the game, which is when Jordan Brand picked a handful NBA stars, such as the Sonics’ Kendall Gill, to debut several different Air Jordan 10 PEs on the court. The collection consisted the Seattle Supersonics colorway, as well as iterations for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Sacramento Kings. The Chicago and Orlando desgins have been retro’d since the initial release – but the white, green and black “Seattle” colorway had never resurfaced until this year.

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Air Jordan 7 “Ray Allen”

2019 marked the 23rd anniversary Ray Allen’s draft class, which presented Jordan Brand the perfect opportunity to release a special edition colorway that combined two  Ray’s classic “Milwaukee Bucks” Air Jordan 7 PEs. I may be in the minority on this one, but the Air Jordan 7 is a favorite mine and this particular color scheme just isn’t one you typically see on an Air Jordan. Add in the cool story behind the design and it makes the list as one my top picks the year.

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Travis Scott x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Travis Scott and Jordan Brand teamed up for several different sneaker collabs this year, but none was more polarizing than the “Cactus Jack” Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG. All told, this may have been the sneaker the year. Sure, the low-top version was cool, too – but it doesn’t really come close to the AJ1 High.

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Air Jordan 6 “Doernbecher”

Nike brought back several iconic “Doernbecher” sneaker collabs this years in celebration 15 years the Doernbecher Freestyle Collection. Among them, the navy suede Air Jordan 6 which very well could be the best DB x Air Jordan collab all-time.

The kicks, originally created by Jordan Dark in 2009, feature a number special details include two significant dates his battle against cancer – “06/08” for his first day chemo, and 04/09 representing his last. The midnight navy and varsity red colorway serves as a nod to Dark’s high school’s colors, while the outsole introduced the first ever all-translucent outsole on the AJ6 silhouette. 

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Top 10 Hottest Air Jordans Of 2019

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Air Jordan 4 “Cool Grey”

This past year marked the 30th anniversary the Air Jordan 4, which resulted in a plethora AJ4 retros including some the all-time classics. That included the the aforementioned “Bred” colorway, as well as the can’t miss “Cool Grey” design.

The classic 4s are built on a suede, cool grey upper accompanied by a white midsole, and a black outsole – looking just as they did when they debuted in 2004. Additional details include a white Jumpman logo on the tongue and chrome Jumpman logos on the heel tabs, with splashes yellow appearing on the tongue, outsole and visible air unit in the heel.

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Air Jordan 34 “Bred”

Jordan Brand designer Tate Kuerbis has described the Air Jordan 34 as the “purest form a basketball shoe,” and the sneakers are easily among my favorites to hoop in. On top that, the AJ34 also has lifestyle appeal as an extremely comfortable sneaker you can wear on the daily, making this one my top picks 2019.

Billed as one the lightest basketball shoes ever created by Jordan Brand (size 9 weighs just 13.1 oz), the AJ34 is highlighted by the following features:

  • An Eclipse Plate, formed by two Pebax pieces, which helps reduce the overall stiffness and strips down the weight
  • A forefoot Zoom Air unit, with herringbone traction pattern – providing optimal explosion f the foot 
  • Limited Upper – heel counter, tongue, eyestay and midfoot reinforcer – showcasing the purest form a basketball shoe 
  • The number 23 is featured in Morse code on the vamp
  • Each pair has a unique logo on the heel – this “Bred” iteration utilizes the classic “Nike Air” in red

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Air Jordan 11 “Bred”

A sneaker that needs no introduction – but I’ll do the deed anyway.

This December marked the first time the Bred 11s hit retailers since they were retro’d in 2012,  and they look sweeter than ever before with an OG design that mimics the 1996 edition. Black ballistic mesh upper, a luxuriously glossy black patent leather overlay and some red bottoms. What’s not to love?

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Victor Oladipo Surprises Fans With "Masked Singer" Unveiling: Watch

Victor Oladipo is the midst a recovery from an injury sustained last year while with the Indiana Pacers. In his absence, the Pacers have struggled at times but the promise Oladipo’s return has filled the fanbase with some enthusiasm. Aside from the basketball court, Oladipo has shown interest in being an R&B singer and has shown f some sufficient ability. With this in mind, it shouldn’t be surprising that Oladipo would take part in a televised celebrity-based singing competition like “The Masked Singer.”

For those who don’t know, “The Masked Singer” is a show that sees numerous celebrities don some elaborate costumes and sing a particular song every single week. Oladipo was dressed as a monster called “Thingamajig” and got eliminated in the semi-final round which lead to his unmasking.

“Loved every moment this experience hope y’all enjoyed my gift,” Oladipo said. “Also sorry to everyone I lied to about it lol I had to keep the secret under wraps so please forgive me. BTW!! yes!! I do have more music coming soon!!! So be on the look out!!”

What did you think Oladipo’s time on “The Masked Singer?” Let us know in the comments below if you plan on checking out his music in the near future.

Converse All Star Pro BB Receives Iconic "Grinch" Colorway: Release Info

If you’re a sneakerhead who enjoys basketball shoes, then you are certainly familiar with the infamous Nike Zoom Kobe 6 which boasted the “Grinch” colorway. The shoe pays homage to the hilarious Dr. Seuss character that hates Christmas and features a green/yellow gradient upper with red laces. Now, Converse is replicating this colorway and implementing it onto their All Star Pro BB which is their return to the basketball world.

As you can see from the images below, the shoe has that same green and yellow gradient look while the red laces add a nice level contrast. On the side the shoe is a black Converse logo which helps give the sneaker some much-need branding. Overall, it’s a great sneaker for the holidays and if you enjoy the “Grinch” Kobe 6, then these are a must-cop, especially if you like what Converse is doing with this model.

According to Sole Collector, these kicks will be dropping on Sunday, December 15th for a price that has yet to be determined. These are dropping right in time for Christmas and will certainly be a great last-minute gift to a loved one or even yourself.

Converse All Star Pro BB Receives Iconic "Grinch" Colorway: Release Info
Converse All Star Pro BB Receives Iconic "Grinch" Colorway: Release Info
Converse All Star Pro BB Receives Iconic "Grinch" Colorway: Release Info
Converse All Star Pro BB Receives Iconic "Grinch" Colorway: Release Info

Kobe Bryant Comes To The Rescue Of Car Crash Victims: Watch

Kobe Byrant played the game basketball with a fairly rough exterior that made teammates and opponents fearful his wrath. In retirement, Bryant has been much more compassionate and can be seen working hard as a father while also getting into his philanthropist bag. Bryant is one the most recognizable names and faces in all sports which has allowed him to excel and create a brand identity for himself. He has completely changed his image for the better and his latest act good certainly helps to continue to push the narrative.

According to TMZ, Bryant was recently spotted in California where he witnessed a huge car accident. Eventually, Bryant began to calm everyone down and was even directing traffic while talking to those who were involved. It was quite the scene especially with Bryant wearing a pink jumpsuit.

There is no information yet on the condition the drivers although based on the clip above, it seems like everything was under control. Bryant used his problem-solving skills from his playing days to sort this situation out which certainly went a long way, particularly for those directly involved.

All we can in a situation like this is thank goodness Bryant was there to step in and do something.

David Stern Underwent Emergency Surgery Following Brain Hemorrhage

David Stern is a legendary figure in the world basketball as he served as the commissioner the NBA from 1984 to 2014. Stern is held in high esteem to this day although unfortunately, he is undergoing some severe health problems. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Stern was in Manhattan on Thursday night where he was eating at the Brasserie 8 1/2 restaurant. While eating, Stern collapsed and was immediately rushed a hospital where he was given emergency surgery.

In a recent statement, the NBA explained that Stern suffered from a sudden brain hemorrhage. The news is quite sad and many have taken to social media to lend their thoughts and prayers to the 77-year-old former commish.

There is no word on Stern’s condition right now although we will be sure to update you on any new developments. This is certainly some sad news and we are hoping that Stern is able to pull through in this difficult time. He has left his mark on the game basketball with some changes that will forever stand the test time. His protege Adam Silver has done an amazing job as commissioner in his five-year run and we’re sure he is reeling from this news.

Kings And Bucks To Take Part In Prison Basketball Games In 2020: Report

The Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly teamed up with the Represent Justice Campaign to become the first teams to play at correctional facilities in 2020. According to The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears, the goal is to “highlight stories hope and redemption, as well as break down stigmas associated with individuals — primarily people color and the poor — impacted by the criminal justice system.”

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Starting this month, NBA players and coaches will serve as honorary coaches in the campaign’s Play For Justice initiative, which will also include facilitated conversations with incarcerated individuals.

The Kings will host the first Play For Justice event at a renovated outdoor court on Thursday evening at an undisclosed prison in Northern California. The Bucks will host an event later this month and together, the Bucks and Kings will host an event in Milwaukee on February 10. Further participation from other NBA teams is expected to be announced in 2020. The campaign’s goal is to highlight stories hope and redemption, as well as break down stigmas associated with individuals — primarily people color and the poor — impacted by the criminal justice system.

Spears also notes that Nike will donate sneakers to the incarcerated players and other participants during the Bucks’ upcoming Represent Justice event taking place in Wisconsin. The gear will later be given to the players’ families, since they cannot keep the items while imprisoned.

Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos

Every single year, Kevin Durant comes through with a sneaker that is dedicated to his late Aunt Pearl who passed away from cancer. The “Aunt Pearl” series is typically placed on his new silhouettes and is blessed with a plethora pink tones. With this latest “Aunt Pearl” colorway the Nike KD 12, the same thing aesthetic applies and it plays out beautifully into one the best “Aunt Pearl” models so far.

As you can see from the ficial images below, the shoe has multiple shades pink as well as a wing strap across the top. The tongue says “Aunt Pearl” while the insole has all the graphics related to its namesake that you would imagine. Overall, it’s a stunning shoe that is deeply personal, all while highlighting a very good cause.

According to Sole Collector, this shoe will be dropping on Thursday, December 26th for $150 USD. Let us know in the comments below what you think these and whether or not you plan on copping for yourself. This is a pretty phenomenal shoe and if you like to collect basketball shoes, these are a must-cop.

Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos
Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos
Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos
Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos
Nike KD 12 "Aunt Pearl" Release Date Revealed: Official Photos

Adidas Names New General Manager Of The Yeezy Brand: Report

Kanye West and Adidas have reportedly made some changes behind the scenes within the ever-growing Yeezy brand. According to Sole Collector, longtime Adidas executive Jon Wexler was recently named the new general manager the Yeezy line, although the brand has not yet made an ficial announcement. 

It remains to be seen what Wexler’s new position means for the future the Adidas Yeezy line, but it will be interesting to see if there are any noticeable changes moving forward.

Kanye and Adidas still have multiple sneakers lined up for 2019, including two different Yeezy Boost 350 V2s, the “Slate” Yeezy 500 High and the brand new Yeezy 700 V3.

The 2020 Yeezy lineup has not yet been revealed but rumors are already swirling about what’s to come, including the long-awaited Yeezy Basketball sneaker and the colorful Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN. Click here for more details on that.

Knicks’ James Dolan Appears To Have A Burner Account On Twitter

James Dolan has been one the most criticized owners in sports thanks to the way he has handled the New York Knicks. The team has been an absolute disaster over the last two decades and fans are fed up with the mediocrity. If you’re a basketball fan, you’re well aware all the hatred that exists for Dolan and his leadership. When it comes to the media, Dolan has fairly silent about the criticism surrounding his name although it appears like he has taken desperate measures on social media. 

A Twitter user by the name @TreyfromNY recently found another Twitter account that is dedicated to defending Dolan’s work with the Knicks. In the tweets below, you can see all the instances where this account has come to Dolan’s defense and it’s pretty convincing that this could be a burner account. 

If this is, indeed, a burner account, then Dolan should probably find a better use his time. An account with so few followers won’t be enough to swing the narrative that Dolan is one the worst owners in all sports. Regardless, the account is pretty hilarious and we can just imagine Dolan spending his time tweeting pro-Dolan propaganda. 

Let us know in the comments below if you think this is really Dolan or just a very enthusiastic supporter his?

Ayesha Curry Pens Cute Tribute To Steph Curry Amidst Hand Injury

Steph and Ayesha Curry are one basketball’s most high-prile power couples and have stuck together through thick and thin. The two met each other while Steph was playing basketball in Toronto and they’ve been together ever since. If you’ve ever been to a Golden State Warriors home game, you’ve probably seen Ayesha in the stands at one point or another. She is incredibly supportive Steph’s career and is always hitting him with some words encouragement.

With Curry in the midst rehab for his broken hand, Ayesha decided to take to Instagram today with a cute little tribute to Steph. In the post below, Ayesha presses her love for Steph while reiterating what kind husband and father he is. It’s a beautiful message that includes a photo the two holding hands on the beach.

“I just love doing life with you my baby. Thank you for always standing by my side and holding me up,” Curry wrote. “You’ve been working so hard trying to get your hand better after TWO surgeries in a month and still somehow manage to be the most amazing man, husband, father, friend. YOU SPECIAL!”

Perhaps the big story here is how Curry has had to undergo two surgeries for this broken hand. It’s clear that the injury is serious and we probably won’t see him back on the court this season.

LeBron James Comments On Bronny Playing Against St. Vincent-St. Mary

LeBron James first achieved media acclaim during his time in high school with St. Vincent-St. Mary. James was a national sensation who was quickly becoming a superstar before he ever played a single game in the NBA. Eventually, James was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and the rest was history. Since then, James has become one basketball’s greatest players and has three NBA championships to his name. 

James’ oldest son Bronny is also becoming a high school star and currently plays for Sierra Canyon. This season, Bronny and his team will take on SVSM in what will certainly be an emotional game for both father and son. In an interview with Dave McMenamin ESPN, James explained what that game is going to be like for him.

“Obviously, everybody knows that St. Vincent-St. Mary is when I became or people started to recognize me from a national standpoint,” James said. “And for it to be, you know, 15 years later and my son is about to play a high school game versus my alma mater in our home state…it’s just a pretty cool thing, man.”

LeBron and Bronny will certainly have a huge full circle moment when this game happens and we can’t wait to see it. If you’re LeBron, you have to be proud what your son has accomplished in such a short amount time.

LeBron James Reveals His Latest Business Venture: Watch

LeBron James has never been just about basketball. Through his various business ventures, LeBron has shown people he is “more than an athlete” and is always looking to try his hand at different businesses. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar is constantly becoming the new face brands he believes in and yesterday, he revealed the latest company he is getting involved with.

The Calm app has become a popular meditation and sleep tool that helps millions people with their mental health and well-being. James explained recently that he uses the app every night before he goes to bed and even likes to listen to the sound rain hitting leaves. In the Instagram post below, James spoke at length about the app and how he hopes that athletes can continue to improve their mental strength.

“As athletes, it’s no longer just about being the strongest, fastest, toughest,” LeBron wrote. “It’s so so so important to take that time for your mind and mental well-being. @calm is a tool that can help empower athletes, the youth, everybody because that’s the most important thing‼️‼️ and what’s a strong body, without a sound mind?”

With LeBron getting involved in yet another venture, it will be interesting to see what else he has up his sleeve. It’s clear he still has plenty time left in the NBA although these businesses are certainly setting him up well for retirement.

Kawhi Leonard’s New Balance OMN1S Pays Homage To LA: First Look

Kawhi Leonard has been killing it this year with the Los Angeles Clippers even if he only plays half the games due to “load management.” Over the past year, Leonard has been able to leverage his partnership with New Balance into some pretty dope sneakers including the New Balance OMN1S which is the brand’s latest foray into basketball shoes. The last few months have seen various colorways make their way to retailers and now, a brand new fering is coming out.

The “City Angels” colorway below is the perfect way to pay homage to Los Angeles. The shoe is mostly white and black with blue and red highlights. This helps give details from both the regular Clippers jersey as well as the city edition one. “New Balance” and “City Angels” are written in new English font on the toe strap which adds even more to the L.A. aesthetic.

If you’re looking forward to these and want to cop, they can be had for $140 USD as Thursday, December 12th. Let us know in the comments below what you think and whether or not you plan on giving these a shot.

Kawhi Leonard's New Balance OMN1S Pays Homage To LA: First Look
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Kawhi Leonard's New Balance OMN1S Pays Homage To LA: First Look
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Kawhi Leonard's New Balance OMN1S Pays Homage To LA: First Look
New Balance
Kawhi Leonard's New Balance OMN1S Pays Homage To LA: First Look
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Kevin Durant Teams With Childhood Friend For Nike KD 12 Collection: First Look

Kevin Durant‘s longtime friend, Devonte Young, and his streetwear brand, Enspire, have reportedly teamed up with Nike to release an exclusive pack Durant’s latest signature sneaker, the Nike KD 12.

Both the special edition sneakers – one black, one white – are highlighted by a colorful speckle detailing that swarms the entire upper as well as bold “ENSPIRE” text on the outsole. Take an early look at the two Enspire x Nike KD 12s in the IG posts embedded below, and stay tuned for the ficial release details.

The Nike KD 12 is built on a multi-layer mesh upper with four-way flywire, and a full length zoom air cushioning that has been stitched to the strobel. For reference, the strobel is a thin woven textile that traditionally sits beneath the sockliner and above the midsole.

“It’s one the unsung heroes in footwear,” says Leo Chang, Senior Creative Director for Nike Basketball Footwear. “The strobel isn’t approached differently other than how it’s been done over the last few decades. And yet it’s literally what separates your foot from the cushioning.”

By stitching a full-length articulated Air Zoom bag to the upper, Chang and Nike engineers made the Air unit a more dynamic element the shoe.

Kevin Durant Teams With Childhood Friend For Nike KD 12 Collection: First Look

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Because the strobel defines the size a shoe, there is one Air unit for every half-size the KD 12, all the way from size 3.5 to Durant’s size 18. According to Nike, that’s the most specific Air-Sole size scale that Nike has ever undertaken.

“There’s a personal fit dialed in for every size person who wears the KD12,” notes Chang.

Chad Ochocinco Recalls Losing "Temper For 3 Seconds" During Evelyn Lozada Incident

Before she was engaged to former Los Angeles Dodgers ex-fiancée Carl Crawford, Evelyn Lozada had a short-lived marriage to Chad Ochocinco, real name Chad Johnson. Reality television fans watched as the pair’s relationship unfolded on Basketball Wives, and some even believed that they were a match made in heaven. He proposed in 2010 and they were married in July 2012, but by August that year, their marriage was over.

Chad Ochocinco Recalls Losing "Temper For 3 Seconds" During Evelyn Lozada Incident
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The world would later learn the domestic violence incident between Chad and Evelyn that left her face bloodied, and over the years, the event became a polarizing talking point  Basketball Wives. Cast member Tami Roman, Evelyn’s foe, has openly accused Evelyn lying about the incident while ruining Chad’s life in the process. Evelyn has maintained her recollection the events and has become an advocate for women enduring domestic violence.  It also seems that she and Chad have moved on from that time in their lives and have even learned to regrow their friendship.

Chad has rebuilt many other areas his life, as well, and a fan wanted to know how he’s able to “stay so positive,” considering the circumstances he’s been in. “Sis, i lost my temper for 3 seconds years ago & it cost me a lifetimes worth work in less than 24hrs,” the football player admitted. “It’s REALLY easy to be positive now after getting it all back.”

Aside from the incident with Evelyn, during his career, it wasn’t uncommon to see Chad’s name in damaging headlines. After receiving counseling, probation, community service, and a short stint in jail, Chad has managed to keep himself out trouble.