The last time Michael Jordan has retired, he was on top of his game, the Bulls were undoubtedly the best team in the league, and the retreat itself was a big surprise. In 1998, the circumstances were a little different. Their NBA Finals opponent was once again the Utah Jazz, Utah Jazz better, the Bulls did not have the best record in the league, and the impending retirement of Jordan has begun to weigh on the City of Chicago and his beloved Bulls. Even Dennis Rodman, Chicago primary against Karl Malone was a bit distracted from his participation in pro-wrestling and others. Karl Malone, John Stockton and Co. already beaten the Bulls twice during the regular season, and followed with a game 1 victory in their home court. Prospects, while not being sad, do Bulls fans have the edge of their seats, wondering if the flame burned too fast. Is this the way Michael Jordan would say goodbye to the league?
The answer is simply “no.” Jordan and the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz in three straight games, setting up Game 5 in the United Center for a possible host city celebration Bulls sixth NBA championship and final wave goodbye to the greatest player all time. For the second half of the game, Michael Jordan started the Air Jordan XIV, an ultra-sexy made her feet look like miniature sports cars. The Jazz managed to beat the Bulls in the game, moving the series and momentum to Utah, home field advantage and probably the strongest crowd in the history of the sport would definitely help the Jazz play the right notes and stay on the sidelines. With only 36 seconds left and one, the Utah Jazz were on their way to seal the match and force a decisive game 7. The crowd roared and the ball was thrown into the hands of Karl Malone to be cleverly stolen by Michael Jordan, one of the best guards and pickpockets defense of all time. Jordan with the ball in hand, dribbled up the court with a strange calm with a significant goal. Something extraordinary would happen.
When Jordan Brand reached halfcourt, all sentient beings in the building had any idea what would happen. It was a strange feeling of deja vu, or something like a dream sequence occurring in real life, a quick moment of total confusion that leaves you with goosebumps and stupid behavior. For fans of Utah, it was a nightmare realized prior possession, Jordan scored a bucket in less than four seconds to cut the deficit to one, and when he had the ball in his hands, the was lost. The inhabitants of the Delta Center and millions of viewers around the world saw Michael Jordan RHD. They saw him carry the ball on the left with a crossover. They saw the defender alone, Bryon Russell, falling to his knees. They saw Michael Jordan, slightly to the left of the top of the key, run a jumper from 20 feet with perfect form, hitting something other than the back of the net. It was Jordan “Last Shot, the one who put the Bulls in front of a point with 5.2 seconds to play. It was the shot that gave sixth championship of Michael Jordan. It was scope of the definition of a legend.
The Air Jordan XIV was, again, designed by Tinker Hatfield. Inspired by the love of Jordan for Italian cars – the Ferrari 550 Maranello to be precise – the Air Jordan XIV was the twelfth Tinker Hatfield design of the Air Jordan line. Tinker noted that each model stories and muses behind each model and got deeper involved in Michael’s life. The construction of the Air Jordan XIV was also not like the others, it featured the finest materials on the upper, cushion low profile Zoom Air, a new silhouette to give this real skinny appearance. Michael did the color Black / Red in a game, but he was spotted outside the basketball court with other colors. After a successful launch of Mid and Low versions above in 1998 and 1999, the Air Jordan XIV was again reissued in 2005 and 2006 in a number of colorways both new and old, and again in 2008 part of Collezione Package. Continue reading for a summary of Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan XIV and stay tuned to Sneaker News for the next installment of Michael Jordan throught the years.