words // Nick DePaula
images // Ryan Unruh

In the eleventh part of this exclusive twenty-five chapter look at the For The Love Of The Game showcase series, the Air Jordan XI is splashed with Pantone 284, celebrating Michael's roots and passion for the game of basketball. Read along through each chapter as Michael tells his story and explains his love of the game.

"Every time I see a shoe with that Jumpman logo on it, it brings back a lot of great memories working with the all the team from when I first got there in 1984 up until now. It's a sense of pride, it's a way of approaching a certain love for something. Obviously when you see kids today wearing the shoes, they have a certain understanding for the history of what that represents. What it represents to me is where I began. I'm from North Carolina. My passion for the game of basketball started in North Carolina. I went to the University of North Carolina. It's always a good connection back home.- Michael Jordan [Quote 3 of 5]

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