Michael Jordan and the “Double Nickel”

August 16, 2012 BY

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Flip through the career chronicles of Michael Jordan and you’ll find yourself immersed in an anthology of god-like moments involving a basketball and a pair of Air Jordans. Sneaker News launches the first installment of “Was It The Shoes?” by re-telling one of the most iconic stories of Michael Jordan’s career – the “Double Nickel”. We’ll cover the when, where, and the how of this sensational moment of Jordan’scareer while putting a spotlight on the legendary Air Jordan sneaker worn during that game. Continue one to Was It The Shoes: Michael Jordan and the “Double Nickel” below!

Michael Jordan and Madison Square Garden – a simple equation of two heroes of basketball that result in nothing but magnificent outcomes. Michael Jordan has gracefully pranced his way around all corners of the Garden hardwood a number of times in his career, and the intangible “magic” of the Mecca has coerced some of Michael’s best performances – even the Knicks alone seem to bring out the best of Michael. But among of all of Jordan’s established performances at Madison Square Garden, it’s easy to single out one game in particular – the “Double Nickel” that occurred on March 28th, 1995.

Let’s rewind just a bit before we go over the events of the “Double Nickel”; not two weeks before that date, Jordan was sitting at home as a retired NBA player, but an uncontrollable itch that could not go unnoticed was finally scratched when he decided to return to the game once more. A day after proudly reciting the words “I’m Back”, Jordan was suited up in Chicago Bulls Red and Black, bearing the number ’45’. The rust hadn’t worn off completely as Jordan struggled to put up 19 points after hitting just one-fourth of his shots, but the world was waiting with open arms for this moment as that momentous game between the Bulls and the Pacers drew the highest television ratings for an NBA game in two decades. Did Jordan lose his edge, or had the league as a whole improve so considerably in his absence that he was just another man among many men?

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