In the historic basketball career of Michael Jordan, this moment stood as the first to put MJ on the map.
The stakes were high in this game, as the 1982 NCAA National Championship was on the line. Jordan’s North Carolina Tar Heels were matched up against the Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas. With time ticking down, UNC was down 61-62. As was accustomed at the time, the ball rotated around the perimeter between Michael, Jimmy Black, and Matt Doherty. As soon as the Hoya defense overplayed Black, he threw a cross-court pass to Jordan, who rose up with 18 seconds left. The shot swished, and Georgetown turned the ball over the following possession to give Michael his first taste of championship success on a national stage.
The shoes that Mike laced up for this championship game was the Converse Pro Model. This shoe was pretty standard for the 80s, with a leather high-top upper and vulcanized sole.
Cover image via Bleacher Report