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Matt "Air" Lauer Recreates Famous MJ Photo

Today Show host works with Bulls photographer to recreate photo

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2012  |  Updated 11:43 AM CDT
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Matt Lauer gets some air while recreating Michael Jordan's famous 1988 dunk.

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Sometimes it is possible to duplicate history.

At least that's what NBC Today Show anchor Matt Lauer had in mind when he set out to recreate a famous Michael Jordan photograph from the 1988 NBA slam dunk competition at Chicago Stadium.

Lauer worked with Bill Smith, the Chicago Bulls team photographer who captured the mid-air photo where Jordan took off from the free throw line.

A crew from the off-Broadway show Fuerza Bruta helped get Lauer into the proper position, using harnesses, pulleys and fishing line.

The final product turned out to be very close to the original -- using a little green screen and Photoshop help, of course.

The Today Show is recreating famous photographs all week, including The Beatles Abbey Road crosswalk shot.

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