Michael Jordan Debuts the Air Jordan XI
Nick Anderson was right about one thing - No. 45 wasn't the same guy as No. 23. And, as it turned out, even a switch back to his more familiar number wouldn't be enough to get Jordan's Bulls past Anderson's Magic in the 1995 NBA Playoffs. But Jordan had made another switch before the series even started, going from the Air Jordan X which he'd worn throughout the season and first round of the playoffs to the yet-unseen patent leather accented Air Jordan XI. Suffice it to say that sneaker blogs, had they existed, would have gone nuts. And maybe - just maybe - the black/royal Air Jordan XIs that he wore in Game Four (after inexplicably wearing Penny Hardaway's Air Flight Ones in Game Three) would be known as "Nick Andersons."