Dreaded by his foes on the basketball court, Michael Jordan’s stealthy moves and uncanny agility earned him the nickname “Black Panther,” one that became the inspiration during the design process for Air Jordan 13. As with many other Air Jordan designs by the legendary Tinker Hatfield, the Air Jordan 13 features not just the holographic badge shaped like a “cat’s eye” but also an outsole in the likeness of a feline paw. It even found some relevancy outside of sneaker culture when actor Denzel Washington donned a pair for his role as the convicted felon Jake Shuttlesworth in Spike Lee’s film He Got Game. But the most memorable aspect of the AJ13 was the crucial role it played during 1997-1998 NBA season.
Thought to be His Airness’ last as a professional basketball player, the 1997–98 season saw MJ at his best when he “righted” Chicago Bulls to the post-season despite the tension off the court. Having routed the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, and the Indiana Pacers for their 6th Eastern Conference Championship title, the Chicago Bulls went tit for tat against the Utah Jazz in the battle of the Championship title. In typical Jordan fashion, however, MJ went for a Game 6 winning shot with just 5.6 seconds left and delivered the Bulls its 6th NBA Championship title.
Want to see more on this amazing NBA season and Michael Jordan’s logic-defying performances in his Air Jordan 13? Head to Champs Sports’ The Drop now as it counts down the 13 Greatest Moments in Michael Jordan’s career while wearing his Air Jordan 13.