Maya Joins Team Jordan

MENZIE HENDERSON
Lynx Writer


In 1985, Michael Jordan broke out onto the stage rocking a pair of kicks that raised eyebrows across the nation in awe. A worldwide phenomenon quickly began as the Jordan Brand skyrocketed with thousands of basketball players wishing to wear the shoes in hopes to "Be like Mike."

Minnesota Lynx rookie star Maya Moore is already well on her way to being like Mike, wearing the number 23 jersey and having a dominating Jordanesque type of game. The only thing that was missing were the J's on her feet.

On Wednesday morning, Moore completed the Jordan transition into the women's game by becoming the first female basketball player to sign with the Michael Jordan brand. Moore joins an elite group of basketball players such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade who highlight the iconic Jordan representatives.

"Joining team Jordan is an accomplishment on another level," mentioned Moore. "It's almost like when you're choosing to go to college, you want to surround yourself with the best. That's why I went to UConn, and I want to do the same thing now that I'm a pro. I had the opportunity to be a part of Team Jordan and I jumped at that opportunity."

While Moore claims she never played with Jordan's growing up as a kid because the shoes were too nice, she says she has always idolized Michael Jordan and his brand and hopes to now bring the same reputation to the brand as others have.

"It's a surreal feeling to sign with Jordan," said Moore. "This time is really just a full circle moment from being a kid, to now being a pro. Now I'm here so it's kind of like I'm a kid again with a chance to look up to him and have a relationship and being mentored by the best basketball player in the history of the game, so it's such an opportunity. I want to make sure I represent well for myself and for my family and now for team Jordan."

In her upcoming season with the Lynx, Moore will rock the Jordan's with pride as she continues to add to her list of accomplishments while helping the WNBA grow.

"The league is growing," said Moore. "Hopefully I can fulfil my role in this family and make sure to represent well and to reach not only the female fans but all fans and I think this just makes us more of a complete team."


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