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Wizards’ Nick Young ends Jordan shoe boycott

Time, and apparently good-looking sneakers, heals all wounds.

I wear Kobes on the court, though. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“Those were some of my favorites,” Young said of the Jordan shoes, which featured black patent leather. “I might have to give Jordan a call and apologize. I didn’t know those came out. Those were my favorites.”

Young announced two months ago that he planned to ditch the Jordan brand subsidiary of Nike after he discovered that the Hall of Fame guard and Charlotte Bobcats owner had emerged as one of the hardest of hard-line NBA owners and wanted to bury the players’ union in the collective bargaining agreement.

Young wrote on his Twitter account, @NickSwagyPYoung, “im not wearin jordans no more cant believe what i just seen and heard from MJ #ElvisDoneLeftTheBuilding.”

He was forced to wear Jordan apparel a few weeks later when he played in Josh Howard’s charity game in Dallas. Howard is a Jordan brand athlete and the company supplied the uniforms. “Josh was playing with me about it. I didn’t really take it to heart,” Young said. “It’s whatever.”Young is a Nike athlete but his deal allows him to wear other shoes off the court. He often wore Jordans, dating back to when he grew up in Los Angeles.

But he had to change his stance during the contentious lockout, which has resulted in a 66-game season. “I was a little hurt by what I heard he said. That was like my favorite player,” Young said. “I thought for sure he would be behind us. It is what it is and it’s over with. I understand, he’s playing on the other side now. It’s a different ball game.”

And Young is back to wearing Jordans. “Protest is over. I’m sorry Michael,” Young said with a laugh.

As for the re-release of the retro Jordans, Rashard Lewis said he couldn’t relate to the craze, which has seen hundreds of people standing outside of stores for hours in anticipation of buying the shoe that retails for $180 and has led police to arrest unruly customers in Michigan and Georgia.”I couldn’t afford to have Jordans back then, so it wasn’t no waiting in line,” Lewis said. “My mother, she might smack me in the back of the head trying to buy some shoes for a 100-something dollars. . . . I heard a lot of people waitng in line. I guess Jordan is the man. It’s unbelievable how kids wait in line all night for Jordans. If they could do that for school, they might get better grades.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.


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