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Amazing hangtime

Updated: November 18, 2004, 5:21 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

In the summer of 1984, Michael Jordan didn't even want to visit Nike headquarters.

He loved wearing Adidas in high school. He had no problems with his Converse sneakers at the University of North Carolina. And he hated Nike's air soles, which he thought "was like playing in high heels."

But, at his parents urging, he dragged himself to Beaverton, Ore.

There, Phil Knight and his underlings presented their plan. Jordan would have his own shoe, a long-term deal and royalties from ...

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