May 7th 1989 will live in infamy forever to the heroic acts performed by the legendary Michael Jordan. On this day Jordan would hit “The Shot”, the game winning shot in the final game of the 1st round playoff series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. With only 11 seconds to go Jordan receives the inbound pass guarded by defenders to hit “the Shot”, a jumpshot near the foul line to seal the win 100-101. This marked the beginning of a career of making shots such as those to become the greatest of all time. Jordan did all of this in the Nike Air Jordan 4 signature shoe.
This 4th signature of many also marked the beginning of a spectacular career with Jordan and Nike. After “The Shot”, the bulls would eventually bow out of the 1989 playoffs without championship rings. However, with a Championship on his mind Michael Jordan’s heroics would continue. In what was arguably Jordan’s best game statistically, he scored 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28th 1990 wearing the WWII fighter plane inspired Jordan 5. The shoes only inherited the inspiration from Jordan’s obvious ascent literally and figuratively during that time period. Matters actually only got better during the 90-91 NBA Season.
In his apparent ascent to greatness Michael Jordan would finally take his team to the promise land. The Air Jordan 6 was introduced and would be the shoe that Jordan took flight in. Jordan and his Bulls won the NBA Finals defeating the Los Angeles Laker’s. Jordan of course took home the NBA scoring title and his 2nd of several Finals MVP trophies. The rest is of course history.