On June 11, 1997, Michael Jordan overcame fever and fatigue to guide his team to victory over Utah in a crucial Game Five. Jordan Brand Vice President and longtime friend Howard “H” White shares his first hand account of that legendary night.
“For me, Game 5 was a defining moment in sports and in life. I wear a gold Air Jordan 12 around my neck because it represents the duality of greatness and humility. Only true greatness can rise to the occasion but can also be humble enough to be carried off by another. In spite of all obstacles - greatness always finds a way to overcome.”
Jordan’s 38 points led all scorers, and the win gave Chicago a 3-2 series advantage en route to its fifth title. Jordan’s heroics that evening are etched in playoff lore; the shoes he wore — the Air Jordan XII — instantly cemented in sneaker history.
On the anniversary of this game, the Jordan Brand will relive this epic moment with a series of vignettes starring actor and comedian, J.B. Smoove and Scottie Pippen.
The Jordan Brand will also take it back to Salt Lake City for a one-day pop-up experience, paying homage to Michael and the fans in the Utah with a store takeover inclusive of product storytelling and performances.