Michael Jordan: Legend of Legends

Michael Jordan was inducted into the Hall of Fame this week, amidst a new round of discussions as to whether he is the best to ever play the game of basketball. People will argue as to hwether players of today compare. Is Kobe as good? Is LeBron Better?

Comments (11)|9 Liked It

A resounding no on both fronts.  Were Wilt and Russell better? Another no…. both were big men in an era where there were virtually none, and as such, can’t be compared.

The bottom line is that Michael Jordan was unique unto himself.  He transcended not only his profession, but sports in general.  He was bigger than life; he wasn’t defined by the game he played.  Rather, he defined the game he played.  The man doesn’t belong in the basketball hall of fame… the hall isn’t worthy to hold his #23. (or even 45, for that matter.) 

But rather that try to explain how and why these are facts, I’ll let MJ show you for himself.  Here are just a few of the moments that ‘Air’ Jordan gave us…. some of the greatest moments in not only the history of basketball, but of sports itself.

Slam Dunk Contest

Before he was, well… Michael, he was a scoring, dunking phenom.  This was the birth of one of the most recognizable logos in the history of advertizing.

The ‘Flu Game’

This is the one game I’ll tell my kids and grandkids about.  The image of Scottie Pippen helping Jordan off the court is one of sports’ enduring images.

The Shrug

Another of those moments that was just… Michael.  He went nuts against Portland in the finals, popping three after three.  Who can forget the ’shrug’ as he came down the floor?

63 at the Boston Garden

It was insane to watch.  He hit ridiculous shot after ridiculous shot.  It was the first time we really realized just what Michael Jordan was capable of.  And to do it at the Garden against the Celtics made it all that much more amazing.

Switching Hands

During game one of the Bulls first championship run, Jordan pulled this poster shot out of his ear.  It was the moment everyone realized Magic’s torch had been passed…

“The Last Shot”

He could have walked away after this shot with the storybook ending.

51 at 38

A lot of us questioned his decision to come back;  here he not so subtly reminded us just who he was.

The End?

All you had to do is look at the crowd to understand the respect the man’s peers had for him.  This was the biggest gathering of NBA stars seen since the top 50 of all time was assembled.  When the best ever reaches the top of the highest mountain, the greats come out to pay homage.

He didn’t just revolutionize the game, he reinvented it.  He may not have had quite the dunk of Dr. J.  He wasn’t the marksman Larry was.  He didn’t posses Magic’s deft passing touch.  But there has never, in any sport, been a combination of so many tools.  He was able to bring greatness out of average players, and make great players seem average.  He was a man amongst boys. And most of all, he did it with class, dignity, and integrity. 

Michael Jordan was not simply the greatest basketball player of all time;  Michael Jordan was the greatest athlete and sportsman of our times as well.  Thanks for the memories, Mike.  May they all one day be like you.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
11 Comments
  1. Posted September 13, 2009 at 2:51 am

    I just watched those videos over and over again and man, I still believe my eyes are decieving me when I see Jordan taking his shots.

    The title tells it all – “Legend of Legends!”

    Great article mate.

  2. Posted September 13, 2009 at 3:01 am

    Nice tribute to MJ.

  3. Posted September 13, 2009 at 3:06 am

    A great piece to a great player.

  4. Posted September 13, 2009 at 5:48 am

    cool stuff to share. You have my like.

  5. Posted September 13, 2009 at 6:10 am

    Great piece. My friend’s can’t understand why he’s the greatest, without having the most of anything except wins in a season. I said he had the greatest awesomeness. Heh

  6. Posted September 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Very nice. Nice tribute to the king :)

  7. Posted September 13, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    But there has never, in any sport, been a combination of so many tools.

    Bo Jackson.

  8. Posted September 13, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Great job.

  9. Posted September 13, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Mj is good but 1on1 jordan in his prime and kobe in his, kobe would win!

  10. Posted September 13, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    Mate theres no words that can actually describe the man but heres a few: He was a freak, a phenom, amazing.

    Nice collaboration of flicks.

    RJ

  11. Posted April 23, 2010 at 2:38 am

    One day i surf internet found some good online shopping website :
    Clothes Jeans.It’s a good website. Otherwise I found other websites,such as designer sunglasses ,Ed Hardy ,Cheap shoes online , chaussures pas cher, NFL Jerseys,Sport Shoes, Remise Chaussures Sport, MBT Shoes,cheap cell phones,cheap cell phones .All of them are high-credit websites.you can go to look !trust me!!!!!!
    Tn Requin
    Air Max
    Wholesale Polo Shirts

Post Comment
comments powered by Disqus