What shoes did MJ wear in NBA All Star Games?
What shoes did MJ wear during the post seasons?
When did MJ wear the Air Flight One's? Space Jams? Cool Grey XI's...etc etc...
This post, with the help of some of our knowledgeable members, should help answer all those questions....I'll attempt to keep all major information posted in the original thread along with pictures to backup proof.
Since the question came up a week ago, I thought I'd start it off with MJ's All Star shoes...
MJ's NBA All Star Game Kicksology:
97-black/white XII (aka Playoffs)
98-black/white XIII (aka Playoffs)
02-white/black/lightning XVII low
MJ's NBA Post Season Kicksology:
1985- white/black/red I's
MJ's rookie year he lead the Bulls to the Playoffs where they lost in the first round against the Milwaukee Bucks 3-1
After being injured for most of his 2nd year, MJ returned just in time for the Playoffs. Despite dropping an NBA record 63 points against Boston, the Bulls fell in the first round 3-0.
For the 2nd year in a row, the Bulls unluckily drew the Celtics in the first round. The Bulls lost 3-0
1988-white/fire red III's
The Bulls beat the Cavs in the first round of the 1988 playoffs but eventually fell to the Pistons in the 2nd round
MJ's team finally made it out of the 2nd round beating Cleveland 3-2, New York 4-2 but eventually losing to the Pistons 4-2
Chicago reached the Eastern Finals once again beating Milwaukee 3-1 and Philadelphia 4-1 but still couldn't get past the Defending Champion Pistons. The Bulls would lose 4-3.
This year MJ and the Bulls finally put the pieces together to win their first ever championship. The Bulls prevailed against New York, Philly and Detroit before a Finals Dream match against the Lakers.
1992-black/red VII's (If you say Raptors, please log out and never come back!)
Repeating wasn't as easy as it looked. The Bulls fought past Miami, New York and Cleveland before facing the Trailblazers in the Finals.
3Peat! The Bulls toughest playoff opponents tested MJ and company but still came up empty handed. Chicago beat Atlanta, Cleveland, New York and Phoenix to cap off MJ's first stint with the Bulls!
1995-black/shadow X's, white/black/concord XI's, Air Flight Ones, and Space Jam XI's
MJ's return to the post season began with him wearing a PE version of the black/shadow X's with his #45 stitched on the side against the Charlotte Hornets.
Once the Bulls entered the 2nd round against the Magic, MJ was given a test pair of white/black/concord XI's. As the story goes, Tinker Hatfield pleaded with MJ to not wear the shoes as they were only a test pair. MJ couldn't resist and wore them anyways. He wore them for a few games but was warned by the league to switch back to a primarily black shoe since the Bulls wore primarily black shoes. deja vu?
MJ then broke out a pair of Penny Hardway's Air Flight Ones for one game. Rumor has it that MJ borrowed a pair from Penny's personal stash but cut off the heel tab that had Penny's #1 on it.
For the remaining games of the Magic series, MJ sported the infamous Space Jams. (Technically they were just the black/white XI's since the movie hadn't come out yet)
1996-black/red XI mids and lows
MJ's first full season back had the Bulls on a mission. After a record setting 72 win season, the Bulls would face Miami, New York and a rematch with Orlando. Chicago would eventually play the Sonics in the Finals before reclaiming thier throne.
1997-black/white XII's for home games and black/red XII's for away games
Washington, Atlanta and Miami were simply speed bumps on rout to a June matchup vs. Utah. Chicago would prevail 4-2 in the finals, capturing their 2nd straight ring.
1998-black/white XIII's for home games and black/red XIII's for away games, black XIII lows and black/red XIV's
The "Last Dance" as it would be known as showcased the Bulls beating Washington, Charlotte and Miami before a rematch with the Jazz. MJ's last shot with the Bulls will forever be engrained in NBA History!
black/white XIII low PE's
black/red XIII low PE's
During the Finals, news broke that he'd be wearing the black/red XIV's. Sure enough, MJ wore them for a few games while also sealing the deal on the Bulls 6th Ring.