One of Michael Jordan’s more iconic layups occurred on the big stage in the 1998 NBA Finals.
It was game 5 between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz, and Jordan’s team was up big. Mike had the ball and sized up defender Jeff Hornacek, before driving left. Number 23 got straight to the hoop before Jazz big Greg Ostertag slammed into Michael, throwing down his arms to stop a shot. Mike jumped on the left side of the rim, somehow throwing up a shot under duress on the right side. As the whistle sounded, the ball drifted perfectly off the backboard then through the net. Announcer Bob Costas was on the call and epitomized the play: “somehow, someway, he scores.”
The sneakers that Michael rocked in this game was the Air Jordan 14. This style is based on the Ferrari, with the side Jumpman logo being inspired by the famous car emblem. Within this theme, a ventilation hole on the medial side of the midsole was made to look like an exhaust system in car. A TPU plate in the midsole combines with the Zoom Air units in the heel and forefoot for support and responsiveness.
The “Last Shot” colorway that MJ wore can be found HERE.