Shrug, sneakers and Seinfeld: NBA stars react to Episodes 5 and 6 of “The Final Dance”

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ESPN’s documentary “The Final Dance” aired Episodes 5 and 6 on Sunday, and the sequence dove into all the pieces from Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant assembly within the 1998 All-Star Sport, the start of Nike’s “Air Jordan” model, the 1992 and 1993 Finals, tales behind the Dream Workforce and Jordan’s ascension into probably the most recognizable athlete on the earth.

Gamers throughout the league went to Twitter to indicate their love for Kobe, reminisce about Jordan’s debut signature sneaker and look again on the time when everybody needed to “Be Like Mike.”

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Episode 5 opened on the 1998 All-Star Sport, which was Jordan’s last as a Bull and Bryant’s first of his profession. Watching a younger Kobe tackle MJ introduced again recollections of the Corridor of Fame Lakers guard.

Who might think about MJ signing with another firm than Nike? It virtually occurred, as Jordan revealed his first alternative for a shoe deal was really Adidas. Gamers had hassle imagining the Air Jordan coming from anybody else however the swoosh.

We additionally get to see what it was actually wish to “Be Like Mike” within the 90s, together with getting his personal area contained in the Bulls’ locker room, turning into a worldwide staple in commercials, promoting out soccer arenas and operating into the most important actors of the period.

The 1992 NBA Finals noticed the well-known “Shrug” in Sport 1, the place Jordan hit six 3-pointers and scored 35 factors within the first half. A postgame picture of John Michael Wozniak — a former Bulls safety guard who handed away in January — reenacting the well-known pose dominated social media following the episode.

Jordan’s supervisor and spokeswoman, Estee Portnoy, shared her appreciation by way of Twitter.

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