Are you sneakerheads prepared for one of the biggest anticipated sneaker releases of 2018??? The Jordan Brand is bringing back the classic Air Jordan 14 Last Shot 2018 in honor of it’s 20th year anniversary. On June 14th, 1998, Michael Jordan has worn these during Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. These iconic kicks will be dropping on the same day Game 6 took place. Are these a must have for you???
The 1998 NBA Finals And Game 6
On June 14th, 1998, the Chicago Bulls faced off against the Utah Jazz at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah (known now as the Vivint Smart Home Arena). During the 4th quarter, and only 5.2 seconds left in the game, Michael Jordan puts up a 20-foot jumper shot from the top of the key, hitting nothing but net. The shot was successful, and the Bulls won the championship (87-86). This gave the Bulls a second three-peat, and their 6th NBA Championship. This was MJ’s final game with the Bulls as he retired for the second time, but would return to the NBA to play with the Washington Wizards. This unforgettable basketball moment would go down in history as “The Last Shot”.
Who Is Michael Jordan?
Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player who has played for 15 seasons in NBA for the Chicago Bulls, and the Washington Wizards. During his time at the University of North Carolina in 1982, he played basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and was drafted for the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was able to entertain the crowd with his prolific scoring, defensive plays, and his ability to perform slam dunks from the free throw line at the slam dunk contests, which has earned him the nicknames: Air Jordan and His Airness. He has won his first NBA Championship with the Bulls in 1991, and also winning again in 1992 and 1993 (three-peat). During the 1993-1994 NBA season, MJ has retired from basketball in order to pursue a minor career in baseball. In March 1995, MJ has announced his return to the NBA, and has led the Bulls to three additional championships during 1996-1998. In 1999, MJ retired from the NBA for the second time, but return again to play for the Washington Wizards during 2001-2003. Currently, MJ is the owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. MJ has numerous career highlights and awards:
- 6 times NBA champion (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 6 times NBA Finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
- 5 times NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
- 14 times All-Star (1985-1993, 1996-1998, 2002, 2003)
- 3 times NBA All-Star Game MVP (1988, 1996, 1998)
- 10 times All-NBA First Team (1987-1993, 1996, 1998)
- All-NBA Second Team (1985)
- NBA Defensive Player Of The Year (1988)
- 9 times NBA All-Defensive First Team (1988-1993, 1996-1998)
- NBA Rookie Of The Year (1985)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (1985)
- 10 times NBA Scoring Championship (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
- 3 times NBA Steals Leaders (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 2 times NBA Slam Dunk Contest Champion (1987, 1988)
- 3 times AP Athlete Of The Year (1991, 1992, 1993)
- 2 times USA Basketball Male Athlete Of The Year (1983, 1984)
- Sports Illustrated Sportsperson Of The Year (1991)
- NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-time Team
- NCAA Champion (1982)
- Consensus National College Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Player Of The Year (1984)
- ACC Rookie Of The Year (1982)
- 2 times Consensus First-Team All-American (1983, 1984)
- 2 times First-Team All-ACC (1983, 1984)
- No. 23 Retired by Chicago Bulls
- N0. 23 Retired by Miami Heat
- No. 23 Retired by the University Of North Carolina
History Of The Air Jordan Brand
In 1984, Nike was a struggling shoe company looking for ways to appeal to a new segment of the shoe market, and to reinvent themselves. Nike has turned to rookie Michael Jordan to order to make an endorsement deal, but MJ showed no interest at all. MJ had plans to sign a deal with either Adidas or Converse; he loved the brands, and in North Carolina, these were the shoes that wore to play basketball in. Unfortunately, both of the brands rejected him. Nike was offering to create a brand new line of shoes called Air Jordan, and MJ’s old agent, David Falk, saw this as a wonderful opportunity. MJ flew to the Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, after being convinced by his parents , and his agent. During his visit, Nike has shown him a special video presentation of his college career highlights, plus his high-flying Olympics moves with Pointer Sister’s “Jump” playing in the background. Peter Moore, Nike’s Old Head Designer, also shown MJ sketches of the Air Jordan 1, and apparel to go with it. It was featured in Black and Red, and MJ was very interested with these designs. He has stated: “I can’t wear these shoes, those are devil colors”. MJ has decided to finally make a deal with Nike, and has signed a 5-year deal that was worth $2.5 million. MJ has fueled the success of Nike, and the Air Jordan Brand is still popular today.
The Air Jordan 14 History
The Air Jordan 14 was first introduced in 1998-1999, designed by Tinker Hatfield. This was the last signature Jordan sneaker that Michael Jordan has worn before his second retirement from the NBA. Did you know that the Air Jordan 14 was inspired by MJ old car, the Ferrari F355 F1? Tinker wanted the Jordan 14s to be fast, with razor-like sharpness, just like Ferrari. The Air Jordan 14 was the first Jordan sneaker to feature sliver shoe lace tips, which had Jumpman logos on them. On each sneaker, there are a total of seven jumpman logos on them, which adds up to 14 (fun fact, isn’t it). This sneaker features low profile zoom air units, which help cool off your sweaty feet while playing basketball in them. These units are located at the forefoot, and heel of the shoe. It also features aerodynamic side panels, which braces the foot for stability. The Air Jordan 14 has a few minors unfortunately. The Phylon Midsole would crease very quickly. Also, over time, the toe box area of the sneaker would come unglued. Back in 1998-1999, The Air Jordan 14 was originally retailed at $150.00, while the low versions were $130.00.
Features Of The Shoe
This sneaker consists of a black overall, along with premium leather and nubuck on the upper of the shoe. Additionally, touches of red can be seen throughout the sneaker. Finally, it comes with the iconic Ferrari-inspired signature yellow shield logos on the sides.
Who’s copping these classic kicks??? These will be releasing on the same day Game 6 of the NBA Finals took place; June 14th. The retail price is $190.00.
Air Jordan 14 Last Shot 2018
June 14th, 2018
Video Of The Sneaker
The 1998 NBA Finals was one of the most important basketball moments in history. It is nice to see these classic kicks come back to the scene to honor the 20th anniversary of the game. Are you planning to purchase these on the 14th, or is this a pass for you?? What are your thoughts??? Leave your comments and questions below in the comment section. I will get back to you ASAP. Make sure to subscribe to my site for more sneaker content. As always, stay tuned as The Latest Sneakers will be you posted!!!
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