The 1990-1991 season proved to be a turning point in Michael Jordan’s career. Finally capturing an elusive first championship in his seventh season, Jordan was named to the All-NBA and All-Defensive First Teams and won his second straight regular season MVP as well as his first of six Finals MVP awards. The Bulls finally beat their arch-nemesis the Bad Boy Pistons, ended the Showtime Lakers era, and began their first three-peat and subsequent reign over the rest of the NBA.
At the 1991 All-Star Game, MJ debuted the Jordan VI, one of the more timeless designs in the line’s history and one of the most important sneakers in Jordan’s history thanks to what the GOAT accomplished during that magical season. Not as heralded as the Jordan III, IV or V, the Jordan VI is easily one of the most underrated silhouettes in the brand’s well-documented history. The Tinker Hatfield-designed sneaker was inspired by Jordan’s love of fine automobiles (most notably, his affinity for the Porsche) and high-end footwear. Jordan mostly wore the Black/Infrared and White/Infrared version of the sneaker and didn’t end up debuting the highly sought after “Carmine” version of the sneaker until the following season.
Jordan’s season wasn’t short on memorable moments. While playing in 82 games, he averaged 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.7 steals, and led the Bulls to a 61-21 record. The most lasting image of the ‘91 season, of course, is an inconsolable MJ holding the Larry O’Brien trophy while his father hugs him in the locker room. With that being said, here’s a look at Michael Jordan’s 6 Greatest Moments in the Air Jordan 6.
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