This Day In Sneaker History: MJ Switches Hands in Mid Air During ’91 NBA Finals

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“At first I saw a clear lane to the basket and I was going to dunk the ball, but I saw long-armed Sam Perkins in the way.” – Michael Jordan on classic move.

What is Michael Jordan’s most memorable moment in the postseason? Better yet, what was he wearing doing these timeless, historic instances? Our ‘This Day In Sneaker History’ column highlighted MJ wearing the “Raptors” Air Jordan 7 when he pulled off his famous shoulder shrug during the 1992 NBA Finals; however, today’s installment is arguably at the top of everybody’s Jordan moments list and rightfully so.

On this day, exactly 20 years ago, MJ came charging down the lane as if to dunk the ball with his right hand. At the last second, he switched the ball over to his left hand and gently laid it off of the glass. He showed his unmatched hangtime while wearing the Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared, a shoe that has retroed twice (2000, 2010) since its original release in 1991. Is this the best sneaker moment in history for His Airness?

Date: 06/05/1992
Victim: Los Angeles Lakers
Stats: 33 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds
Shoe: Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared

Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Air Jordan 6 Black/Infrared - 1991 Original
Michael Jordan guarding Magic Johnson while wearing the Black/Infrared Air Jordan 6

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