“The Shot” almost didn't happen. 30 years ago. May 1989. The Bulls were down 1 with only 3 seconds left in a playoff elimination game against the Cavs. During the final timeout, Bulls Coach Doug Collins began to draw up a play for Dave Corzine to take the last shot. Jordan slammed the coach's clipboard with his fist and yelled, "Give me the f*cking ball! " While heading back onto the court, Jordan whispered to a teammate, "I'm going to make it." We all remember what happened next. The same shoe Jordan wore in that game is releasing again in stores on May 4.

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AIR JORDAN RELEASE DATES

MAR. 1 - (w) AJ 1 Low Slip-on

MAR. 2 - RETRO 4 - Bright Crimson

MAR. 2 - Girls AJ 6 - Green Abyss

MAR. 7 - AJ 33 - Grey/Sail

MAR. 9 - RETRO 9 - Dream it, Do it

MAR. 12 - AJ 1 - Noise Cancelling

MAR. 14 - APEX UTILITY - White

MAR. 14 - WESTBROOK - OKC

MAR. 15 - (w) AJ 6 - Pink/Crimson

MAR. 21 - PROTO MAX 720 - Red

MAR. 23 - AIR JORDAN 13 - Grey

MAR. 30 - AJ 3 TINKER - White/Red

MAR. 30 - RETRO 1 HI - Sail/Red

APRIL 4 - AIR JORDAN 33 SE

APRIL 4 - WESTBROOK - Blk/Pink

APRIL 6 - RETRO 14 - White/Red

APRIL 6 - KIDS RETRO 4 - Monsoon

APRIL 12 - RETRO 1 - Crimson Tint

APRIL 19 - XI LOW Snakeskin - Navy

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“What were the Chicago Bulls before him? …Cows.”

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- Chick Hearn, Legendary Lakers broadcaster

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The reason JORDAN left the NBA to play baseball. It was 1993 and the Bulls had just won their third straight championship. MJ was exhausted and out of challenges. He felt he had nothing else to prove on the court. His father had tried to get him to retire in '91 after the first championship, so he could give baseball a shot. Then out of nowhere in July '93 Michael's father was murdered. His body was found floating in a creek in South Carolina after being shot. His red Lexus with license plate UNC0023 was stripped and found in the woods near Fayetteville, N.C. It was an easy decision for Michael. Retire from the NBA, and make an attempt at baseball to honor his father's wish.

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Coincidentally, Jerry Reinsdorf, the owner of the Bulls, also owned the Chicago White Sox. The Birmingham Barons were a double-A affiliate of the Sox, so Mike made a deal with Reinsdorf to play for the Barons. Fortunately for basketball fans the MLB went on strike in August 1994. With nothing to do because of the baseball lockout Mike decided to visit the Bulls practice facility in Deerfield, IL to see his old friends (Scottie Pippen & B.J. Armstrong). Phil Jackson let Michael participate in practices for a few weeks and that's when the desire to play the game emerged. Then on March 18, 1995 Jordan sent a two-word fax to the media: "I'm back." The rest is history.