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The Dynasty Collection™ is the holy grail of Nike® Air Jordan® collections. Unseen since the G.O.A.T. last walked off the court, these are the six shoes that helped Michael Jordan make his mark on history — worn in each of the six unforgettable games that secured the Bulls’ dynasty status and established Michael Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time.
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After six championship-less seasons with the Bulls, and five iterations of Air Jordans walking the earth, Michael Jordan had something to prove. In his newly released black “Infrared” Air Jordan VI sneakers, he silenced Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers to clinch the Bulls’ first NBA championship, telling the world — and Chicago fans in particular — the G.O.A.T. had arrived.
Phil Jackson didn’t let the team rest on its laurels following the triumph of the 1991 season: “You’re only a success in the moment you perform a successful act. You have to do it again.” And do it again they did, with Jordan wearing the Air Jordan VII in the “Raptor” colorway. Defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in Chicago, the Bulls became just the fourth NBA team to win back-to-back titles.
“The Jordan Rules” and the weight of the world’s expectations had taken their toll on Jordan by the time the Bulls reached the 1993 postseason. Unbeknownst to most, Jordan believed that the Air Jordan VIII would be the last shoe he’d lace up in a professional game, when the Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns to claim three consecutive NBA championships.
Three years after their first three-peat, the Bulls achieved the greatest regular season record in history, winning 72 of 82 games. But the world still wondered if their domination would continue through the postseason. After the Bulls bested the Seattle SuperSonics in six games, and Jordan earned his fourth Finals MVP Award wearing the Air Jordan XI in the “Bred” colorway, it was clear the dynasty was still alive.
Memories of the 1997 series are mostly dominated by the mid-series “Flu Game” and Jordan’s “Flu Game XII” in red and black. However, it was game six and the black-and-white “Taxi” colorway that finally put the Utah Jazz to bed. Despite early whispers about the future of the team, Jordan and the Bulls were well on their way to a history-making second three-peat.
For “The Last Shot” of “The Last Dance,” Jordan wore the Ferrari-inspired Air Jordan XIV — nine months before the shoes became available to the public. By the time his feet hit the ground from sinking his last shot, he had clinched the championship title and his 14th MVP trophy. The dynasty was complete, but the world was only beginning to understand its impact.