…Assuming you, too, think Michael Jordan is the second-coming of Moses, like most normal people…
Either way, this video is still absolutely awesome, and, somehow, I’d never seen it before until the other day:
A little background from Chitwood & Hobbs (an excellent blog, I might add):
Italy, 1985: Michael Jordan scores 30 points and shatters the backboard in a Nike exhibition game. I don’t know which is stranger — that I have never seen this video before or the uploader choosing the Crocodile Dundee theme music as soundtrack.
[Also] don’t miss one of my favorite YouTube comments ever:
Somewhere in the world today there is a 22 year old, half-Jordan half-Italian walking around, cause you know when you break a backboard, you get laid.
[via Chitwood & Hobbs]
The argument has finally been decided conclusively in Rick Reilly’s article published the other day, in which he asks a bunch of former players, coaches and others associated with the NBA who would win in a one-on-one game between Kobe and LeDouchebag:
Trainer Tim Grover (Attack Athletics in Chicago), who has trained Bryant, James and Michael Jordan:
Hard to say. Kobe could back LeBron down, too. He’s that strong. Don’t put me in this spot. I’m not picking.
How about Jordan versus either man?
Grover: Oh, Michael. No question. From a physical and mental standpoint, he’s the best I’ve ever seen. If he were playing now, with the way the refs call everything, and with all the padding these guys wear, he’d average 40 or 50 a night if he wanted.
So it’s settled. Oh yeah, by the way, MJ would have scored 100 points in today’s NBA…says MJ. Greatest person ever.
In case you needed any more:
Michael Jordan leads list of all-time game-winners in playoffs (in case you guys had forgotten about this guy while talking about the two puppets) [via SI.com]
Michael Jordan was elected to the class of 2009 on Monday, set for induction in Septemeber with his Dream Team teammates David Robinson and John Stockton.
I can’t go on without the video from his induction speech yesterday that they show on SportsCenter; it’s absolutely amazing. Instead, here’s another obnoxiously large but awesome picture of MJ:
UPDATE: I still can’t find a video of the speech; the best I can find is some quotes from it from the Philadelphia Inquirer and a couple of other places. I’m holding out hope that the video will surface at some point today, but in the meantime here is what NBA.com believes are MJ’s Top 10 Dunks:
Also, please entertain yourself with:
- another obnoxiously yet awesomely large picture of Mike;
- and, finally, Scoop Jackson’s Top 10 MJ Moments:
10. April 17, 1986. Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs versus the Boston Celtics. The game before the famous 63-point game. Scored 49 points in one of the greatest displays of shot-making ever seen. Actually a better performance than the 63-point game.
9. Oct. 26, 1984. His first pro game, versus the Washington Bullets. Scored only 16 points, but tried to do a baseline dunk on Jeff Ruland and Rick Mahorn that let everyone know what the future was to be like.
8. March 28, 1990. The 69-point game versus Cleveland. Only two dunks. Prelude to Phase 2: his jump shot. Also had 18 rebounds and six assists.
7. March 18, 1995. First game at Madison Square Garden after returning from retirement. “The double-nickel game.” Two games later, on March 25, 1995, he hit the winner at the buzzer against Atlanta. Then slapped the floor at midcourt. He’s baaacccckkkk.
6. Feb. 7, 1988. NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Forty points. MVP. Won the dunk contest over Dominique Wilkins the day before. The introduction of Jordan 3, his first true signature shoe. Greatest individual weekend for any athlete.
5. June 12, 1996. Game 4 of the NBA Finals versus Seattle Sonics. “The fear factor game.” Held to nine points in the second half. Scored only 23 points. One of his worst performances. And although the Sonics won the game, their players on the bench were pulling for Jordan to make shots because they were afraid he’d score 50 on them the next game.
4. (tie) Nov. 21, 1986, versus the New York Knicks. Scored the Bulls’ last 18 points, including a jumper at the buzzer to win the game.
May 26, 1997. Game 4 of Eastern Conference finals versus the Miami Heat. Went 1-for-22 with nine points going into the fourth quarter, having missed his first 15 shots. Scored 20 in fourth. Almost won the game.
3. Nov. 16, 1988, versus Charles Barkley and the Sixers. Scored 52 and missed only five shots, while Barkley had 42 points and 16 boards. One of the best one-on-one battles of Jordan’s career. This game cemented their friendship and respect for each other.
2. May 7, 1989. Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs versus Cleveland Cavaliers. “The shot.”
1. June 11, 1997. Game 5 of the NBA Finals versus the Utah Jazz. “The flu game.” A 103-degree fever. Vomiting. Couldn’t walk off the court without help. Scored 38 points. The most dramatic performance of our time.
More to come later…
That’s Michael Jordan, by the way, if you weren’t aware of who I was referring to. Not the “self-annointed,” number-23-wearing crybaby “King” that people these days call that other guy.
Back to the topic at hand, happy 46th birthday Mike. Here’s some assorted videos and shit of Michael in his hey:
MJ v. Dominique in the 1988 NBA Dunk Contest (watch this before you FINALLY decide to compete in 2010…douchebag)
MJ’s Top 10 Dunks (according to someone on YouTube)
ESPN’s Tribute to Jordan on His 46th Birthday
Nike’s “Frozen Moment” Commercial (you’ll remember this one)