Michael Jordan’s Greatest Forgotten Moments in the Air Jordan 10

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    The last game ever played at Chicago Stadium

    SHOES: “Steel Grey” X

    While still retired from the NBA, Jordan came back during the summer of 1994 to play in the final game ever at Chicago Stadium. InĀ Scottie Pippen‘s charity game, MJ’s fire was rekindled while going up against the new breed of guards, like Penny Hardaway and Jason Kidd.

    Taking in a standing ovation after scoring 52 points, Jordan bent down and kissed the floor, later saying in Michael Jordan: Above & Beyond, “It was like kissing a girlfriend goodbye. Hate to see you go.”

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    Space Jam appearance

    SHOES: “Chicago” X

    Okay, so technically he never wore the X during the filming of Space Jam, but in-game footage of Jordan’s first home game back against Orlando in 1995 was used at the conclusion of the film. And Mike, as always, knew how to make an exit, getting out on the break and providing the perfect capper to the flick.

    Backed by Seal‘s “Fly Like An Eagle,” this was a perfect ending to one of my favorite childhood movies.

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    Original Air Jordan X commercial

    SHOES: “Shadow” X

    For the Air Jordan X commercial, Mike poked fun at himself, talking about some dream he had where he retired from the NBA, became a “weak-hitting, Double-A outfielder” with a below average arm and a $16 meal per diem, riding from small town to small town on a bus, and then returned to the game he loved…”and shot 7-for-28.”

    In typical Mike fashion, he wasn’t believing any of it.

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    Famous Sports Illustrated cover

    SHOES: “Chicago” X

    Do you remember that famous “I’m Back” Sports Illustrated cover? I certainly do. I had my face “Photoshop’d” in — did Photoshop even exist back then? — over Mike’s and I’m pretty sure it’s still framed at my dad’s house to this day. Well, the image on the cover comes from this layup during Mike’s first game back in Indiana.

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    Buzzer-beater in Steve Smith's grill

    SHOES: “Chicago” X

    Steve Smith was one of the game’s greatest trash-talkers in his day, something you might not know if you only know him from NBA TV. Some of Jordan’s best playoff moments — I’m thinking about his absolute thrashing of Smith and Miami in the first round in 1993 — came after engaging in verbal slaughters with the 6-8 Michigan State product.

    One of their forgotten matchups happened during MJ’s fourth game back, just before his double-nickel in New York City. Jordan went for 32 and made the game-winning buzzer-beater right in Smith’s grill. He also held Smitty to 7-for-23 shooting.

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    Dunk over Andrew Lang

    SHOES: “Chicago” X

    In that same game in Atlanta, Jordan caught maybe the best facial of his season, putting one on the Hawks’ big man Andrew Lang and drawing the foul in the process.

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    First playoff game of the season

    SHOES: “Shadow” X

    Everyone remembers how Jordan struggled at times against Orlando in the Eastern Conference Semifinals — though he was wearing the Jordan XI for most of that series — yet no one recalls how he played one of the best playoff games of his second tour with Chicago during Game 1 against Charlotte in the first round.

    In that game, the Bulls won by eight in overtime, and Jordan threw up 48 points on 32 shots. He did it all, too, finishing with nine boards and eight dimes as Scottie Pippen was plagued by foul trouble all night.

    Jordan also had this absurd reverse layup.

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Everyone remembers the “Double-Nickel” game. It’s one of Michael Jordan‘s most famous moments in the NBA and came, over the years, to symbolize his shortened 1994-95 season. It was our first real glimpse of the old Jordan, too, as he went for 55 points on a marquee stage, and came through in the clutch to beat the Knicks. He did it all in the “Chicago” Air Jordan X, too, which is dropping this Saturday at Champs Sports. While the retro also sports the #45 stitching, this colorway was a favorite of MJ’s throughout the 21 games he played in the X before switching for good to the Air Jordan XI in the playoffs against Orlando.

It’s not hard to see why, either. The colorway just screams Chicago and has to be one of the most overlooked white/black/red releases ever in this Nike/Jordan Brand line. Ironically, the “Chicago” X was never made for MJ. In fact, it was never made for Chicago, either. It was part of the “City Series,” which were player exclusives given to a few players across the league to wear while Jordan was still trying to hit a curveball. One of those started as a PE for Harold Miner from Miami, before eventually coming to the CHI a few weeks before the “Double-Nickel.”

However, here’s the thing with this list: We’re not including ANYTHING from the “Double-Nickel” game. That’s for obvious reasons, if you’re paying attention to the headline. To get you hyped for this release, we’re all about dropping knowledge on some gems that you probably missed over the years.

Here are Michael Jordan’s Greatest Forgotten Moments in the Air Jordan 10.

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