Michael Jordan is 6’6″.
In other words, Jordan is very tall and stands at an above average height for a man. But according to Adidas, Jordan was too short to represent their brand back in 1984.
When Jordan was coming out of North Carolina and was entering the NBA Draft in 1984, he apparently wanted an endorsement deal with Adidas. But according to WSJ.com, the shoe and clothing company did not sign the future mega-star because he was too short and they wanted to sign someone taller and was playing center because people would “favor” taller players.
Umm, not so much.
The rest as you know is sneaker history, as Jordan went on to sign with Nike and create his own line of shoes and brand that still makes close to $100 million a year.
Meanwhile, Adidas is now the third largest sportswear company in the U.S. (behind Nike and Under Armour) and is still beating their head against the wall for using the wrong tape measure.