Michael Jordan retired from playing professional basketball. More than once. You may not be aware of that. After winning a third consecutive NBA title for the first time in 1993, Jordan was growing tired and also experienced the tragedy of losing his father to murder. Jordan retired from the NBA at that point to pursue a short-lived career in professional baseball. It's all just a small part of the larger-than-life Michael Jordan legacy. I recommend reading Roland Lazenby's Michael Jordan: The Life, it is a wonderfully comprehensive documentation of Michael Jordan and his career as the greatest basketball player of all-time.
After his retirement, Jordan returned to join the Bulls on the way to second three-peat, making it six championships in all. Before that second championship run got into full swing, Jordan made his return to Madison Square Garden. Jordan loved to play at MSG and it showed each time. In his first game back, Jordan famously scored 55 points, wearing the Jordan 45 jersey and his signature Air Jordan 10 sneaker in a white leather with black and red sole, black leather tongue and red lining. Importantly, the sneaker was also a "PE" that had his jersey number, 45, stitched into the outer ankle on both shoes.
On March 28th, 2015, Jordan Brand celebrated the 20th anniversary of Jordan's brilliant 55 point performance by releasing a retro of the PE Jordan 10 that Michael Jordan himself wore doing the game. I got my pair, hope you got yours.
by Daniel Coughlin
Photos: Air Lainey