His Airness Michael Jordan Inducted to Hall of Fame
His high flying exploits in the NBA will surely be remembered by his fans forever.
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Michael Jordan, David Robinson, John Stockton and two other coaches enshrined to the elite Hall of Fame.
Michael Jordan have been enshrined into the prestigious Hall of Fame joining other NBA legends like Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Gorge Gervin, George Mikan, and Magic Johnson in the illustrious list.
The final award Jordan could possibly get as a player was finally added to his already lofty achievements. Air Jordan had amassed numerous awards, championship rings and trophies during his career as a NBA legitimate superstar.
Jordan have been an iconic figure in the league until now. His game provided excitement and new dimension to the game. His clutch points during crunch time truly made his team formidable and his high-octane offense, armed with deep arsenal of attacking and slashing skills had been unstoppable. His patented and reliable fade away jumpers will surely extinguish feisty defenders and mimicked by today's youngsters in four corners of the world.
Jordan's leadership was also a cut above the rest. His well-disciplined approach in polishing and mastering his basketball crafts is emulated by aspiring players. His presence alone in the court sends chills and intimidation to his defenders. Moreover, it was Jordan that first inked lucrative advertisement contracts with various companies like Nike shoes.
He is the type of player that will never wilt under pressure and will do anything to win.
Aside from Jordan, the new inductees to the Hall of Fame include San Antonio’s center David Robinson, witty point guard John Stockton the league all-time leader in assists and steals, and coaches Jerry Sloan of Utah Jazz (Stockton’s coach) and C. Vivian Stringer.
Jordan, Robinson and Stockton were teammates in the 1992 USA Dream Team that crushed and blew out all of their opponents en route to winning the much-coveted Olympic Gold medal.
Jordan was in tears while delivering his acceptance speech that drew wide applause and huge praise from the crowd.
Here are the highlights of Jordan’s well applauded speech.
1. On his high school coach cutting him from the roster, Jordan quipped, “I wanted to make sure you understood. You made a mistake dude.”
2. On Isiah Thomas who deliberately handcuffed him (Jordan) and took the lights out of him during his first All-Star game appearance. “I wanted to prove to you, Magic (Johnson), Larry (Bird), George (Gervin), everybody that I deserved (to be there) just as much as anybody else, and I hope over the period of my career. I’ve done that without a doubt.”
3. On Knicks Coach Jeff Van Gundy, who accused him (Jordan) of befriending opponent’s players and being friendly to them, then outplaying them in games. Jordan remarks, “I just so happen to be a friendly player. I get along with everybody, but at the same time, when the light comes on. I’m as competitive as anybody you know.”
4. On media who attacks him that he was a consummate player but incapable of not clinching wins just like what Bird and Johnson did for their respective teams. Jordan said “I had to listen to all that, and put so much word on that fire that it kept me each and everyday trying to get betters as a basketball player.
Spur's Tim Duncan and Avery Johnson, and coaches Larry brown and Greg Popovich led a big San Antonio crowd that cheered on Robinson while being inducted.
On the other end, John Stockton said Karl Malone is the greatest power forward of all time not Tim Duncan, the same fiery and feisty Stockton in and out of the court.
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