Michael Jordan had a knack for posterizing big men, and there were very few bigger than 7 foot 7 inch Manute Bol.
On this play, Jordan positioned himself in the paint amongst the trees to grab an offensive rebound. The GOAT’s momentum led him back to the three-point line where Bol slowly tailed him. A lackadaisical effort from Washington Bullets Forward Larry Stewart allowed Jordan to attack Manute. Both MJ and Bol rose up at the rim, but the hangtime gave Michael the advantage. The Chicago Bulls star hung in the air before reversing a right-handed dunk over Bol’s noggin.
The sneakers that Michael Jordan rocked in this game was the Air Jordan 7. This sneaker was the first to ditch external Nike branding, as the Jordan Brand was becoming its own entity. The Jordan 7 also ditched visible Air for heel and forefoot Air that provided more cushioning. The shoe was noticeably lighter than the past 6 signature shoes, with a neoprene bootie reducing weight on the upper. Visually, the shoe takes elements from African art, with the sharp lines being inspired by African tribal patterns.
You can find the “Cardinal” AJ7 that MJ rocked in this game HERE.