words // Brandon Richard
With questions surrounding his leadership and ability to lead a team deep into the playoffs in the air, Michael Jordan answered emphatically in the 1988-1989 season. With new head coach Phil Jackson on the bench, MJ led the league in scoring (32.5 ppg) and posted career highs in rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (8.0 apg). Personal accolades included his fifth All-Star selection, First Team All-NBA and First Team All-Defense. However, the real message was sent in the playoffs, where “Money” proved that Michael Jordan was more than a scorer and that the Chicago Bulls were a legit contender.
Seeded sixth, Bulls drew a first round matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team many projected would advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. After splitting the first four games of the best-of-five series, the Bulls traveled to Cleveland for the decisive contest. With the Bulls down late in the fourth quarter, Jordan famously hit a series clinching buzzer-beater over Craig Ehlo — a jumper that would go on to be known as “The Shot.” The Bulls would go on to beat the New York Knicks in the Conference Semis before coming up short against the rival Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Finals. Despite a disappointing finish to the season, the run marked Jordan’s first significantly deep postseason and let the league know that his time was approaching.
While on this journey, Jordan wore original Air Jordan IV sneakers and a matching warm-up suit. This set consisted of a half-zip jacket, nylon ripstop pants and lightweight jersey shorts for performance. Taking us back to ’89, the Jordan Brand has reached into the vault and brought back MJ’s Flight warm-up exactly as you remember it. These three pieces of Retro 4 Jordan clothing are available now.