The Tailwind, Nike's first Air shoe, debuted in 1979, but getting Air into a basketball product proved to be a bit trickier. Running was Nike's bread and butter, it was what they were founded on. Basketball wasn't the top priority. Also, running is a heel-toe, straight line activity, while basketball was more cuts and heavy landings. This wasn't an easy project.
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