The Daily Jordan: Air Jordan XIV “Last Shot” – 1999

May 17th, 2015 by / 0

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. The opinions and information provided on this site are original editorial content of Sneaker News.

RATE THIS SHOE
0.00 / 5 (NO VOTES YET)
RATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOERATE THIS SHOE
Loading...Loading...

air-jordan-14-last-shot-02

Should there be an introduction to this shoe? Your first glance overrides the need, instantly connecting you to the final seconds of Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. Air Jordan XIV was not due to be revealed until the end of 1998 and into 1999 but Michael Jordan, with a sense of his career genuflecting, essentially decided to lace them up early – a la XI Concords in spring ’95 – and put the XIIIs away.

Replays of Jordan’s final heroics in that Game 6 always seem to amaze like they’re happening for the first time. Jazz up 86-83, 41.9 left, Bulls need a quick bucket. So MJ gives them a quick bucket off the inbound, a driving layup in only 4.8 seconds. With the Bulls back on defense, the Jazz wait for Karl Malone to position himself on the right block and his teammates clear out of his space, leaving his defender Dennis Rodman to jostle one on one. And, of course, leaving Jordan to sneak a double team and slap the ball away.

Jordan gains possession and calmly trots the ball down-court, watching the clock and surveying how he’s going to set up his game-winning shot. Because he’s not about to pass the ball, a decision he confirmed many times over in subsequent years. His team, his championship, his career. The drive to the right, a steady non-pushoff hand on Bryon Russell, the set, the lift, the shot. Swish. Bulls 87, Jazz 86. Once John Stockton’s three ricocheted off the rim, MJ had six fingers in the air, showing the Jazz crowd what all of that meant. You could’ve bronzed MJ’s Air Jordan XIVs on the spot and handed them off to a waiting FedEx agent, destination Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

After the ’99 original XIVs, the Last Shots came back with retro releases in 2005 and in 2011. There was great wailing and gnashing of teeth about the spotty build quality of the ’05 drop, until the ’11s came out. And then there was great wailing and gnashing of teeth about the spotty shape of those.

Still, despite any of these imperfections, this is a shoe that not only stands as the last great playing Jordan muse shoe for designer Tinker Hatfield, it also helps mark one of the greatest moments in sports history, something no other Air Jordan shoe can lay claim to.

Find this size 10.5 and other sizes now through eBay sellers like aceboogie1104.

air-jordan-14-last-shot-200

air-jordan-14-last-shot-100

Load next page (2/2)
Loading...

Filed under: Air Jordans

Tags:

latest posts
Loading...
Load more posts

Popular Posts

Get The Jordan Emoji Keyboard Now

Get The Jordan Emoji Keyboard Now by Yale Schalk

Flashback Friday: Michael Jordan Wears Air Jordan 11 Space Jam In The Playoffs

Flashback Friday: Michael Jordan Wears Air Jordan 11 Space Jam In The Playoffs by Yale Schalk

Flashback Friday: MJ Throws White Laces In His Black/Silver Air Jordan 5

Flashback Friday: MJ Throws White Laces In His Black/Silver Air Jordan 5 by Yale Schalk

Vintage Gear: Air Jordan VII Shirt/Shorts Combo

Vintage Gear: Air Jordan VII Shirt/Shorts Combo by ehloknows

Rare Look At The Jordan Jumpman Team J From 1999

Rare Look At The Jordan Jumpman Team J From 1999 by Yale Schalk

Categories

  • Select Category

Archives