During Magic Johnson's NBA career, he was among the superstars who endorsed Converse sneakers. At one point in the mid-80s, Converse had a TV commercial for its Weapon model that featured Johnson, Larry Bird, Bernard King, Isiah Thomas, Mark Aguirre and Kevin McHale. But Converse was already starting to lose ground to Nike and Air Jordan, and lack of innovation was a key factor. When Magic ended his relationship with Converse in 1992, he called it "a company is stuck in the 60s and 70s."
Then Magic became a huge fan of the Air Jordan line and that continues. Speaking at the Dodgers Foundation's Blue Diamond Gala fashion show, Magic says he still asks Michael Jordan to hook him up with the latest Air Jordan gear.
"And what he doesn't send, I go out and buy," Magic says.
Here's more of Johnson's appreciation of Air Jordans:
In an interesting twist, Nike now owns Converse. In 2001, Converse filed for bankruptcy, and Nike bought the company two years later.