TBT: When Michael Jordan Ruined My Childhood

Where were you when ‘His Airness” defied gravity?

It was Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals, Lakers vs. Bulls from the Chicago Stadium. I was in my grandparents loft in San Diego watching as one era was ending and another began right in front of my eyes.

LA stole Game 1 on the road but MJ was not about to let home court slip away. After years of battling through the Eastern Conference, Chicago got over the hump and into the Finals, facing Magic Johnson and the Showtime Lakers.

What happened late in the game of a 107-86 blowout win for the home team became simply known as “The Move.”

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The Bulls didn’t lose again and wrapped up the series in Game 5 in Los Angeles. Jordan averaged 31.2 points on 56% shooting, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks en route to his first NBA Finals Championship and Finals MVP Award. It was also the last time we saw Magic Johnson in the Finals.

A few months later, in August of 1991, MJ and Gatorade released their iconic “Be Like Mike” campaign. While I was brewing with the feeling of defeat, it was hard to ignore the brilliance of Michael Jeffery Jordan and that smile.

Now, 26 years later, Gatorade and Jordan Brand have come together to celebrate what “Be Like Mike” represents today. What was originally meant as a challenge to be like the greatest of all time now means being your greatest at all times.

Releasing this Saturday, the Air Jordan 6 ‘Like Mike’ features Gatorade’s legendary orange and green colors with its classic lighting bolt logo on the insole and lace locks.

For a detailed look and review at the Air Jordan 6 ‘Like Mike’ check out Nightwing2303’s video below.

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Photos by Michael Silver.

5 Comments

  1. I’m old enough to have witnessed MJ throughout his entire career(s). It was a great time to be a sports fan back then. Things have changed, for the worse in my opinion, now versus then.

  2. Watched him my whole life, growing up in Chicago. However, I was never a big fan. It was the entire team that made him so good. Sure he was an incredible player.

    But.

    And it’s a big but.

    Those of us who watched nearly every game (still have all six finals series recorded on VHS) saw the good and the bad. And on the occasions he was bad, it affected the whole team. He would not relinquish the ball, even when he was 3 for 22. His fatal flaw was his ego.

    Watching the Bulls play the Pistons and Knick’s at the old Chicago stadium was insane. That stadium was insane.

    Growing up, my parents never had the money for even Nike airs. When I went into 6th grade, I was very I’ll with a brain tumor, and my mom bought me a pair of Air Max 90’s. The blue, white, and black. I’ve been a shoe aficionado ever since. Only have had two pairs of Jordans though. The 6 for back to school in 7th grade, and the 11 lows in 97 (señor in high school) with money I made from my job. They were a size 14, $115. Wish I still had them, but they we’re completely worn out. Both black red.

    I was there for all of his airness, good and bad.

    1. Well, I guess everyone’s entitled to their opinion. But taking a swipe at his medical history seemed unnecessary.

      I was an unwitting boy in my 4th grade who tuned in to the Finals from Game 2 in 1991. So I coincidentally got acquainted with basketball & rode watched all of Chicago’s 6 titles.

      I didn’t know what basketball really was then but man that was a heck of a journey. I came to admire Pip’s qualities as a team player but the goat started it all.

      I had friends in high school who witnessed the 2nd 3 peat and man, I always thought MJ’s way more menacing from a physical point of view before his first retirement. And back then, there ain’t YouTube.

      Young fans these days have differing views on who’s the greatest, how Kobe or Lebron is better, or how the Bulls back then had a stellar supporting cast & all that. I’d just tell myself, “Man, these people have absolutely no idea what they’d missed.”

      Cheers XD

  3. I think that what made Jordan great was his ability to meet challenges at a high competitive level, never backing down from adversity. How he actually did that can be debated, but there is no denying the success he achieved while doing do. Did he exhibit an egoists persona while on the big stage? Most definitely. But so did many of the champions of different theater, as there is indeed a place where ego meets confidence, perception versus reality, which challenges ones will, then proves character. 6 for 6, six finals MVP’s, raising season averages every year while contending for the chip, the dude was exactly what is missing in today’s NBA.

    It was said that Muhammad Ali was the best, and then the worst, thing that could ever happen to boxing during his time, and that is because he was such a hard act to follow. Marvelous athlete, self promoting, good looking, and then selfless even while on the big stage. While Jordan does not entirely meet that criteria, especially in regard to character, he, Jordan was indeed was both the best, and then worst thing to happen to professional basketball. The reverberations of his presence are still being felt today.

  4. Mike sure gave me (and maybe alot of us) alotta reason for not giving up on the game of basketball…Man, lemme tell ya I was in my sixth grade elementary, and that guy just came out of nowhere hammering lil’ bro pippin missed free throw VS the Orlando Magic…I was leaving my BMX bike from that moment XD

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