Jordan x Adidas

Back in 1984, when the great Michael Jordan was entering the league, he signed a deal with Nike that would eventually make signature sneakers some of the most sought-after ever.

However, Nike wasn’t his first choice. It was actually Adidas.

According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, many within the German brand wanted to sign MJ back then, but it’s executives voted against it.¬†Why? Because they felt he was too short.

In the WSJ story, named “How Adidas Aims to Get Its Cool Back,” a former Adidas distributor claims execs wanted to sponsor centers, not guards.

“We kept saying, ‘No — no one can relate to those guys. Who can associate with a seven-foot-tall guy?’ ” said the unnamed source.

It was Adidas’ loss. Jordan went with Nike, eventually launched Jordan Brand, and is selling more sneakers today than any other current signature athletes.