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IN STOCK EARLY! With the game on the line in the 1998 NBA Finals, Michael managed to steal the ball from Karl Malone and hit the game winning jumper in the closing seconds, leading the Bulls to their 6th championship. This would end up being MJ's last shot taken as a Chicago Bull. Go to our SHOES page to order if you want them almost 2 weeks before the release date.

 

JORDAN RELEASE DATES

APRIL 28 - RETRO 1 HI - Kawhi L.

APRIL 28 - RETRO 11 LOW - Grey

APRIL 30 - RETRO 3 TINKER

MAY 1 - RETRO 1 OG - Clay Green

MAY 1 - RETRO 1 OG - Blue Moon

MAY 12 - WESTBROOK - Emerald

MAY 12 - RETRO 3 - Katrina

MAY 14 - MENS AJ 11 LOW - Jeter

MAY 14 - GIRLS RETRO 14 - Fuchsia

MAY 15 - MENS AJ 14 - Desert Sand

MAY 19 - AJ 32 LOW - Bone

MAY 19 - RETRO 1 - Homage

MAY 24 - WMNS 11 LOW - Maya

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The moment MJ predicted Steve Kerr would take the game winning shot. It was Game 6 of the 1997 Finals. The game was tied. Phil drew up an isolation play for Michael. While waiting for the timeout to end, Michael took a sip of some Gatorade and visualized in his mind what was about to happen. He looked over at Kerr and gave him a look. He whispered to Kerr to be ready to shoot if Utah decides to double team him. MJ predicted this because in Game 1 of the series Mike hit the game winner against Bryon Russell. Utah wasn't going to let that happen again, so this time they double teamed him, which left Kerr with a wide open shot. Click here to see it all unfold. 

 

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The real reason MJ left basketball to play baseball. It was 1993 and the Bulls had just won their third straight championship. MJ was exhausted and out of challenges. He felt he had nothing else to prove on the court. His father had tried to get him to retire in '91 after the first championship, so he could give baseball a shot. Then out of nowhere in July '93 Michael's father was murdered. His body was found floating in a creek in South Carolina after being shot. His red Lexus with license plate UNC0023 was stripped and found in the woods near Fayetteville, N.C. It was an easy decision for Michael. Retire from the NBA, and make an attempt at baseball to honor his father's wish.

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Coincidentally, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Bulls, also owned the Chicago White Sox. The Birmingham Barons were a double-A affiliate of the Sox, so Mike made a deal with Reinsdorf to play for the Barons. Fortunately for basketball fans the MLB went on strike in August 1994. With nothing to do because of the baseball lockout Mike decided to visit the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, IL to see his old friends (Scottie Pippen & B.J. Armstrong). Phil Jackson let Michael participate in practices for a few weeks and that's when the desire to play the game emerged. Then on March 18, 1995 Jordan sent a two-word fax to the media: "I'm back." The rest is history.

 

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In September 1984 the Bulls signed Michael Jordan to a 7-year deal for only $6 million. That's less than $1 million per year! After a few years, the Bulls organization restructured Michael's contract and gave him more money, but it was still peanuts compared to what players are getting today.