The 1997-98 NBA Season culminated with the Chicago Bulls capturing their second Three Peat (that's three straight Championship wins if you aren't familiar), and afterwards the star players of the team would disband. After the Playoffs, Michael Jordan would retire for the second time, but not before leaving his mark on the league, and performance footwear, for good. During the regular season, Michael rotated between a few different Air Jordan XIII colorways. The most memorable of all may be the White/Black/True-Red version, which was often worn with Chicago's home uniforms. The classic style earned its nickname (hate it or love it) for its appearance in the basketball film He Got Game, which starred Denzel Washington and eventual Jordan Brand endorser Ray Allen. The Tinker Hatfield-designed model featured Zoom Air cushioning, a sturdy Carbon Fiber shank plate, and an aggressive design inspired by wildlife.
Now, for the first time since 1997, you'll be able to get your Jordan (or Deznel) on and pick up this classic colorway on its own. It was released along with the Air Jordan 10 as part of 2008's Collezione Package, but this will be its first true retro since the original November '97 release. The Air Jordan 13 "He Got Game" releases today at retailers nationwide for $160.
Riley Jones is a journalism student from Charlottesville, VA. With an unshakable affinity for basketball and all things ’90s, he can be found on Twitter @rchrstphr.
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Date: March 23, 1998
Key Stats: 24 points, 7 rebounds