Michael Jordan was synonymous with slam dunks to the general public in the 90s, so picking his favorite dunk isn’t a simple task. With that said, the GOAT cites this 1991 Eastern Conference Playoffs dunk as GOAT dunk.
On this play, MJ was looking to pass out of a double team from Knicks guards including John Starks. Mike faked the pass then drove left past Starks, where he was met by former teammate Charles Oakley. Mike faked retreating and spinning that gave him just enough space to drive baseline where Patrick Ewing looked to block the Bulls legend. Like many other times, Mike’s hops helped him rise about Ewing for a right-handed poster dunk and the foul.
“I told him, Georgetown guys don’t block shots, they take charges,” Jordan said in a 2013 interview with NBA 2K. “I dunked it on him so hard it was unbelievable. Every time I see him, that’s the first thing I remind him of.”
The sneakers that Michael laced up for this moment was the Air Jordan 6. This features a stylish lace lock that helps prevent the laces from coming loose. A visible Air Max unit is used in the heel for impact protection. Neoprene was added to the lower portion of the tongue to make the shoe lighter and provide a closer fit. The unique upper part of the tongue features large holes and combine with the heel tab to make it easier to slip on the shoes.
The black and Infrared colorway that MJ rocked this game can be found HERE.
Cover image via Jordans Daily