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A rare Air Jordan 1 that was originally released as an NYC exclusive in 2016 is reportedly receiving a formal release later this year. According to @zsneakerheadz and Sneaker Files, the black-and-red “Bred” Air Jordan 1 Satin is set to launch as a women’s exclusive. In-hand images of the 2023 pair have yet to surface, but it’s expected to feature an all-satin upper like the previous version.
Nick DePaula: Nike is suing BAPE for “copying Nike’s iconic designs” after nearly 20 years at retail. “BAPE’s copying is & always has been unacceptable to Nike. Because BAPE’s infringements have recently grown to become a significant danger to Nike’s rights, Nike must act now,” says lawsuit.

Tickets for Thursday’s game at the 20,300-seat Accor Arena are sold out and a single ticket on the resale market is going for a minimum of $200. Despite years of mediocrity and one playoff trip since 2017, Chicago is the third-most popular team in international merchandise sales and among the top five most popular teams on NBA League Pass outside the U.S., according to recent figures provided by the NBA. While Jordan’s shadow looms over everything the Bulls do in Chicago, it’s his long-lasting legacy that has made the franchise one of the most popular American sports teams across the globe. “Chicago Bulls is one of the biggest brands, franchises in the world,” said LaVine, who has been with the team since 2017, making him the longest tenured player on the roster. “You play on the road, sometimes it’s a home game for us on the road. It’s great seeing that you have that fanbase. Not just here in Chicago, but wherever we go to.”