Share This Page: Air Jordan 17+ Retro 'Copper' In 2002, Michael Jordan resigned from the Washington Wizards’ front office as their President of Basketball Operations, and signed a player contract. The GOAT was back, and the Air Jordan 17 welcomed him to the hardwood. Designer Wilson Smith created the Air Jordan 17 with a removable midfoot strap, Zoom Air units in the sole, lace locks, and a carbon fiber midfoot sheath. Wilson drew inspiration from Jordan’s Aston Martin, Jazz music, and Mike’s love for golf. The original release came with a steel case and an interactive CD. MJ played in the Air Jordan 17 for the Wizards after his second return from retirement. However, due to a knee injury Jordan only played 60 games during the season. Image via: solecollector.com While there were no incredibly memorable moments like “The Shot” or the Flu Game when Jordan donned the AJ 17, MJ did lead the team in scoring, assists, and steals. Other than The GOAT, Michael Vick rocked the AJ 17 on the turf while burning the defense on the run. The Air Jordan 17+ Retro ‘Copper’ is dropping in clean white leather with gleaming copper hitting the lace eyelets, Jordan branding, and the band on the heel. Luxurious faux croc skin overlays grace the upper on the heel and tongue, and the black carbon fiber sheath provides superior support. Small hints of Sport Royal dot the lace lock and outsole. The sneaker features a broken herringbone pattern with a layout inspired by MJ’s golf shoes. The Air Jordan 17+ Retro ‘Copper’ will be available on Saturday, April 9th, in stores only. It drops in men's for $250.