Michael Jordan’s 7 Greatest Moments in the Air Jordan 7

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    1992 NBA All-Star Game

    While most people remember this game for Magic Johnson’s emotional one-game return after announcing he had the HIV virus, sneakerheads point to this game as a coming-out party for one of the most creative and unique Air Jordans ever made in the “Bordeaux” VII. In an age where we get seemingly every color combination possible — good and bad — the “Bordeaux” was a standout for how different it looked and just how great MJ looked playing in them.

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  • Jamming with Michael Jackson

    It’s like something out of a Jay Z song, but there was a time when two of the most famous MJs ever actually met up. For the music video to “Jam,” Michael Jordan – wearing the “Bordeaux” VII again – got a chance to hang out with maybe the only other person who can match him in worldwide popularity in Michael Jackson. Taking place in an abandoned basketball court, the two MJs stepped into each other’s world, with the King of Pop “trying” to show off his basketball skills with the help of clever editing and His Airness trying his best – again, the keyword is “trying” – to moonwalk.

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  • 56 Points to Beat the Heat

    Before the Miami Heat got busy raising championship banners in the 21st century thanks to current and future Hall of Famers like Alonzo Mourning and their once-vaunted Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, their early years were filled with quick exits in the playoffs courtesy of juggernauts like Jordan’s Bulls. One of those first round eliminations included a 1992 sweep that saw Jordan and his Air Jordan VII “Charcoal (now called Raptors)” hang a 56-point performance in the first-ever NBA Playoff game in South Beach. Even though the Heat lost, I can’t imagine a better way to lose than to have the GOAT go off like that.

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  • Crossing over with Bugs Bunny

    Michael Jackson wasn’t the only international celebrity Jordan teamed up with in the Air Jordan VII. During the Super Bowl of that year, Nike dropped a memorable commercial featuring Hare Jordan (get it?) teaming up with Air Jordan to dispatch of some bullies on the basketball court. Like Bugs said, it was the beginning of a beautiful friendship as MJ would partner with Looney Tunes a few more times over the years.

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    Michael Jordan’s second greatest scoring game came against a rookie Shaquille O’Neal and the Orlando Magic in the old Chicago Stadium. Jordan would score 64 points in what would be known as the “Cardinal” Air Jordan VII and sent a message to the young Diesel that he wasn’t ready to give up his crown just yet. Too bad Shaq and the Magic weren’t listening because the Magic would actually beat the Bulls in overtime on that day, but Jordan’s scoring outburst was so memorable that Jordan Brand dropped an Air Jordan VII in Orlando Magic colors years later.

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    The summer of 1992 will always be remembered in sports circles as the year the Dream Team came to life and changed basketball forever. Even though there were 11 Hall of Famers on the team and Charles Barkley had the best showing of them all, it was Jordan’s star that shined the brightest as his red, white, blue, and gold Air Jordan VII entertained the crowd and the crazed fans all across Barcelona like he was the Beatles, Elvis, and Michael Jackson all rolled into one.

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  • The Shrug

    Every good Michael Jordan moment has seemingly been labeled iconic by his fans and sneakerheads alike, but there are those that truly do transcend sport and become legendary in every sense of the word. One of those that hit legendary status came during Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals when Jordan scored 35 points in the first half, including six three-pointers. That performance was iconic to be sure, but Jordan gave it that touch of grace and humility when he shrugged his shoulders at Magic Johnson – who was calling the game courtside – as if to say that even he couldn’t believe how good he was. The kicks he was wearing? The Air Jordan VII, of course.

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The Air Jordan VII is celebrating 23 years of excellence this year. What other sneaker – or anything else for that matter – is so synonymous with the greatness of its namesake that we pull out the red carpet for a 23rd anniversary? It’s a testament to the enduring legacy of Michael Jordan and the amazing kicks that he left behind that we continue to cop them and rock them every time they come back. And they come back quite a lot, much to the joy of sneakerheads everywhere.

This weekend marks the return of the Air Jordan VII “French Blue” at Champs Sports. A colorway that was first introduced back in 2002, the “French Blue” fit in more with MJ’s time as a member of the Washington Wizards than his tenure with the Bulls. This release is also part of Jordan Brand’s remastered retro program, so you can expect premium white tumbled leather to go along with the French Blue and Flint Grey accents.

When the Air Jordan VII first debuted during the 1991-92 NBA season, MJ was in the midst of proving the doubters wrong. That’s amazing to think in retrospect, but there was a time when the media and the fans had doubts whether or not Michael could take the next step and prove that his first championship the season prior wasn’t just a fluke one-hit wonder. Those doubts, as you’ll see in our list of Michael Jordan’s 7 Greatest Moments in the Air Jordan 7, were thankfully unfounded.

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