The Best Ever!...Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan...The Perfect Storm
The Jordan Rules
“…I saw the Eastern Conference Finals and we ( the Lakers) knew Michael was going to bring it…and Boy! Did he bring it!”, Magic Johnson
That was Magic Johnson speaking about Michael Jordan’s first NBA Title run in 1991. Magic smiled and laughed the whole time, but he knew the intensity of The Perfect Storm heading his way.
The Detroit Pistons and their Jordan Rules had been an obstacle for Michael Jordan for a couple years, but MJ figured out how to beat the Jordan Rules and almost single handily gotten past the Detroit Pistons that year, it’s probably a personal highlight of his, in a career fill with highlights.
Michael Jordan was about to become the biggest Sports Star in the planet.
His compulsive obsession with winning would not allow him to settle for just that one title and he would end winning a total of six. Jordan would had most likely won one more, but he took time off from basketball to play baseball and honor the memory of his murdered father.
It did not matter who the Chicago Bulls put on the court with him Bill Cartwight, Stacey King, John Paxson, Will Perdue or Steve Kerr. Jordan would you just simply carry them all on his back and win a title. It was an unprecedented display of dominance on the basketball court.
Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone, Gary Payton, among others, all tried to stand on his way, but could not slow him down. The Perfect Storm was just unstoppable, not even being physically sick could derail his compulsive obsession with winning. The Flu Game must be another one of his personal highlights.
Nike had signed him to a contract during his rookie year, but could not keep up with his fame and eventually Jordan left Nike and created his own personal brand, JumpMan23.
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had saved the NBA, but Michael Jordan had put it on his back like his Chicago Bull teammates and launch it worldwide.
When all was said and done…Michael Jordan had won six NBA titles, two Gold Medals and multiple regular and playoff MVP awards. His basketball career honors read like an Ivy League resume…starting with being selected as a McDonald’s All-America, going to a Division I Basketball Program in North Carolina, winning a NCAA Championship and also winning his first Olympic Gold for the United States in basketball as an amateur.
He has set the bar so high that every basketball super star today like Kevin Durant, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant probably have the following disclaimer at the bottom of their basketball resumes, “…you’re pretty good, but you’re not Michael Jordan!”.
It’s a huge legacy for any NBA player to come even near of and he even set the bar higher for the Jordan Family Tree. One of his great grandchildren will have to grow up to be an Astronaut or President just to be considered as successful as Grandpa Mike!
I got to see one of his kids play basketball at the University of Central Florida and he does have the very same work ethic that his father has, but it must be brutal having everybody whispering, “…you’re not Michael Jordan!” behind your back, constantly your whole life.
Welcome to Marcus Jordan’s world Kobe Bryant!
It’s no secret that MJ has remained distant from the Chicago Bulls organization for years because he dislikes owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who among other things tried to replace him on the eyes of the Chicago Bulls’ fan base with overrated Toni Kukoc, showed the door to Head Coach Phil Jackson and dismantled his multiple championship team, which even won a NBA regular season record 72 games, which still stands.
Michael Jordan is the definition of a living legend and all those banners hanging from the rafters in the Chicago Bulls’ arena are up there because of him.
There’s a statute of the man right in front of the building, but it feels very, very wrong that the greatest player in Chicago Bulls History doesn't feel welcome in the House He Built by the Chicago Bulls owner.
With his birthday coming up and multiple features in place, I’m certain the Chicago Bulls Marketing Department has plenty of things planned now, but there hadn't been a sighting of MJ in that arena for years before. Something’s really wrong with that picture.
Well! Maybe Jerry Reinsdorf doesn't appreciate all you have done for the Chicago Bulls and the NBA, but we do Michael.
Have a Happy 50th Birthday MJ!