Michael Jordan bests the Pistons once again.
The NBA and its partnership with Jordan Brand has continued to grow over recent years, and will be entering a whole new status in 2020. Recently, Nike announced that the Jordan Brand logo will be featured on each team’s Statement Edition jerseys for the upcoming season.
You know what means, Jordan’s logo will appear on the Pistons jersey as well, getting the last laugh on the Bad Boy Pistons.
As “The Last Dance” documentary highlighted, Jordan faced off against Isiah Thomas and his Pistons for a four-year span from 1988-1991.
That first year, the Pistons shut down MVP Michael Jordan in just five games. In ’89, Detroit locked in on Jordan once again and despite falling behind, won three consecutive games en route to the franchise’s first Finals trophy.
Then in ’90, even with new head coach Phil Jackson and an improved offense strategy, Detroit again shut down the Bulls, this time in seven games, to win a second consecutive Finals trophy.
Finally, in 1991, Chicago downed Detroit in a four-game sweep. The Pistons infamously walked off the court without any sign of respect and the bad blood remains today.
Jordan and the Bulls went on to win the Finals and five more to follow. If that were not enough though, Jordan now has his logo on the jersey of his most contentious franchise.
Michael Jordan lives on in the NBA through his logo.
Featured on the shoulder and leg of each team’s Statement Edition jersey, Nike had the following to say about the move,
Each season, the Statement Edition designs set the tone for key matchups and are inspired by NBA teams making a bold statement every time they step onto the court — a natural connection to Jordan Brand’s namesake and his approach to the game.
Instead of being a Charlotte exclusive, Jordan will now be synonymous with the NBA’s uniforms, in a lasting step ahead of the Detroit Pistons.