Nike Air Swift’s Big Three: Harper, Cassell, Pippen

Derek Harper New York Knicks 1994 NBA Finals Nike Air Swift

Before the 3-game losing streak set in for the Knicks, on Monday night I tuned in for a more glorious moment in their franchise history, the Road to the NBA Finals. MSG Network replayed the dramatic game four against the Houston Rockets. The Knicks won that magical night 91-82, lead by Derek Harper’s team high of 21 points. The Knicks tied the series at The Garden, then went on to lead the series 3-2 in the following game. How does this relate to sneakers? On Derek’s feet during the Finals, he wore the Nike Air Swift. The kicks were stylistically versatile as he rocked the black and blue colorway in his home and away uniform. It’s their ubiquity around the league though that would make them a favorite with another point guard, Sam Cassell who wore the white and red kit during the Finals against the Knicks. Yet, the Air Swift’s most famous moment would highlight Scottie Pippen’s straight up disrespectful dunk on Patrick Ewing in the ’94 playoffs. Pip was determined to win another championship that year without the retired Michael Jordan, writing “4-PEAT” on his sneakers. The Knicks put the kibosh on his hopes by defeating the Bulls. Still, Pip made Ewing into one of the craziest posters in history, immortalizing the Air Swift into the canon of the Swoosh’s greatest basketball kicks.

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