The next Air Jordan Retro release is ready to hit He Got Game13s For Sale the White/Black-True Red original known as the He Got Game is scheduled for availability. We recently touched on the origins of the He Got Game moniker (read here if you’re still unsure), but OGs prefer to stick closer to the MJ veil and see these as one of the last Air Jordans Michael wore as a Chicago Bull.
For as long as we can remember, sneaker releases have been accompanied by catchy nicknames to the point where these monikers are now the accepted terms in identifying the shoes. There are the newer terms to the sneaker vocabulary, like South Beach from the LeBron series or Grinch on the Kobe, but there are those that have been long-lasting like He Got Game, which has been in heavy and exclusive use for the upcoming Air Jordan 13 He Got Game release. For that release in particular, He Got Game13s the nickname has been around since the Spike Lee film first released in 1998 – a film that might be older than some of the sneakerheads who are planning to buy the shoes on the March 16th release date.
This Air Jordan 13 He Got Game colorway originally released in 1997 and was actually the only Air Jordan XIII colorway to release that year (all other original colorways dropped in 1998). In the movie, Jake Shuttlesworth (played by Denzel Washington), a prison inmate, gets sent on a mission to convince the convict’s son, a star High School basketball player, to play for the warden’s alma mater in exchange for a shorter sentence. One iconic scene of the film features Jake shopping for a pair of kicks, and without hesitation, he requests the new Air Jordans to which he is presented with the Air Jordan 13 He Got Game. From then on this colorway adopted the He Got Game13s nickname; the trend resurfaced when the shoes retroed for the first time in 2008, and picked up yet again when the release was confirmed for 2013.