Air Jordan Retro V

For the first time since 2006, the Air Jordan V "Fire Red" returns to retailers in retro form today. The Air Jordan V was worn by Michael Jordan during the end of the '89-90 and beginning of the '90-91 NBA seasons, just months before capturing his first NBA championship. Throughout the '89-90 regular season, His Airness dominated, leading Chicago to a 55-27 overall record and dashing the Cleveland Cavaliers playoff hopes with an unforgettable career-high 69 point performance. Similarly, the beginning of the '90-91 season was full of big-number games.

When it comes to this particular "Fire Red" makeup, they were rarely seen on Jordan's feet as he often opted for the Black/Metallic and the "Fire Red" variation with a 3M tongue. However, Mike did wear them briefly before the introduction of the Air Jordan VI, and to celebrate the release of this classic style, Sneaker Report looks back on Michael Jordan's Best Performances in the Air Jordan V "Fire Red".

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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Michael Jordan

He's On Fire

Game: February 3, 1991 @ Los Angeles
Key Stats: 23 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals

During the '90-91 season, the Los Angeles Lakers were one of the Western Conference's biggest forces, with names like Magic Johnson and James Worthy. However, they couldn't stop MJ as he went off for 23 points in the Fire Reds.Michael Jordan

Mike Knows Magic

Game: February 3, 1991 @ Los Angeles
Key Stats: 23 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds, 6 steals

Same game, different play. Matched against one of the game's all-time greats, Jordan stood his ground.Michael Jordan

Home Court Advantage

Game: December 21, 1990 vs. Los Angeles
Key Stats: 33 points, 15 rebounds, 9 assists

Earlier in the season, Chicago hosted the Lakers and picked up a 11 point win thanks to a dominant showing from Jordan.Michael Jordan

Vintage Air

Game: N/A
Key Stats: N/A

There's no telling which game this shot was taken during, but Jordan looks as composed and focused as ever.Michael Jordan

Sonic Boom

Game: December 29, 1990 vs. Seattle
Key Stats: 31 points, 10 rebounds

On this night in December of 1990, Jordan showed off the "Fire Red" AJ5 for one of the first times ever and got it done on both ends of the court. The Bulls won by 25 points as MJ led the way with 31 and 10 rebounds.Michael Jordan

The Raging Bull

Game: December 8, 1990 vs. Portland
Key Stats: 35 points, 6 rebounds

Jordan's outstanding play in this home game against the Trailblazers was deemed worthy of the Sports Illustrated cover.

Riley Jones is a freelance writer from Charlottesville, VA and contributor to Sneaker Report. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.

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