1996 NBA Draft - Rewind

As we ramp up to Thursday's 2012 NBA Draft, Mitchell & Ness is going to look back at some past draft days. We will be breaking down the picks, the players, and of course... the fashion. Let's keep going in the series with 1996, one of the greatest drafts of the '90s. The draft was littered with starst come in the NBA, with the likes of Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Stephon Marbury, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jermaine O'Neal and Zyndrunas Ilgauskas. 

Best Player- Kobe Bryant (13th overall, Charlotte Hornets) As much as this Philadelphia company would want to give the award to Allen Iverson, the title clearly goes to a different son of Philly... Kobe Bryant. Bryant's five NBA titles, 2008 MVP, and 14 All-Star game appearances are unmatched. Already the 5th all time in scoring, don't be surprised if Kobe keeps gunning to top Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 39,387 career points.

Biggest Bust- Todd Fuller (11th overall, Golden State Warriors) The Warriors would come to regret taking Fuller ahead of Bryant, Peja Stojakovic, and Steve Nash. The center was a four-year star at NC State, but was unable to equal those heights in the NBA. His five-year NBA career saw him limited to 3.7 ppg, as Fuller turned out to be just another big-man bust.

Style MVP- We first off have to give a honorable mention to both Steve Nash, rocking a crazy tie and an even crazier face:


And Erick Dampier, wearing his finest waiter's jacket:


But the title has to go to Samaki Walker, with this all-white hat and suit combo that falls somewhere his Easter best and a pimpin' outfit. Stay classy, Samaki.  

June 26, 2012 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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It's MJ's Birthday and All Star Weekend, Let's Celebrate

We are happy to announce the release of two very special All Star jerseys.  But before we get to that, a little history.

The 1998 NBA All Star Game was held on February 8 in Madison Square Garden.  And if there wasn't enough hype with the game being played in the Big Apple, it was also the first All Star meeting of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.  It was Jordan's 12th appearance and Kobe's first.

The East squad, coached by Larry Bird, easily took care of George Karl's West 135 - 114.  Michael captured his third All Star MVP trophy finshing with 23 points / 6 rebounds / 8 assists / 3 steals.  The young guy defintiely made his presence felt for the West finishing with an impressive stat line - 18 points / 6 rebounds / 1 assist / 2 steals.

To commemorate this game and match-up, we are happy to announce the release of Michael's and Kobe's 1998 All Star jerseys.  These limited jerseys will be available for the first time this weekend at the Mitchell & Ness section of the NBA Jam Session in LA.  Jam Session is being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this Friday - Monday.

Both jerseys come with the 1998 NBA All star patch and date / player label above the Hardwood Classic jocktag.

And one last bonus on the Jordan jersey, since this jersey is part of our Michael Jordan Collection, it comes with a collectible hang tag including an image of Michael and his stats from the game.

These jerseys, Made In The U.S.A by the way, retail for $300 each.  Don't worry if you are not in LA this weekend, they will be available at the Mitchell & Ness retail store, the NBA Store in NYC and at store.nba.com very soon.  We will let you know as soon as they arrive.  

February 17, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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