This weekend is marked on the calendars of all Air Jordan collectors for one obvious reason: the Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red/Silver Tongue" returns for the first time since 2013. And this time it's even better, thanks to Jordan Brand bringing back the original Nike Air logo to the heel instead of the Jumpman. This means the 2020 edition looks just like the pairs His Airness did work in 30 years ago during the 1989-90 NBA season. And it was some serious work he did one night in particular while wearing a pair when he scored a career high 69 points.
The fateful evening was March 28, 1990 in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. If MJ didn't scar Craig Ehlo, Mark Price, Brad Daugherty and the rest of the Cavs enough when he dropped "The Shot" on them during the '89 Playoffs, he came back to torch them for 69 points in an overtime victory a year later. OK, so you may argue that the point total is a little less impressive since it was an overtime game, but Mike already had 61 points at the end of regulation. And if you need more convincing, he also grabbed 18 rebounds that night.
On his feet were a crispy new pair of his latest signature model, the Air Jordan 5 in one of its two original Bulls-centric white-based colorways. Since both utilized Fire Red accents, there has been confusion over the years when somebody refers to the "Fire Red" 5s. It always had to be clarified if you were talking about the one with the silver reflective tongue, or the one with the black tongue and red midsole. After this latest retro, it appears the sneaker community is finally in agreement that this version will be nicknamed the "Fire Red/Silver Tongue" from now on. Maybe we should just call them the "69 Points?"
Watch every one of Jordan's points from his career-high night below, and don't miss the latest return of the historic Air Jordan 5 "Fire Red/Silver Tongue," which is available now at Stadium Goods in adult and youth sizing.