Thoughts? What do you think about his legacy now in retrospect? (50 is a good time to look back I guess)
Michael Jordan is 50
Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:56 PM
I think The Onion summed it up best:
With Michael Jordan turning 50 on February 17, Onion Sports examines the greatest moments from the former NBA superstar’s private life.
- 1969: Upon witnessing a group of neighborhood kids play a pickup basketball game, a 6-year-old Jordan begins his lifelong love affair with gambling
- 1985: In a flash of inspiration before the NBA season, Jordan decides to call his new shoes “Air Jordans” after the atmospheric gas that enables him to breathe during games
- 1990s: Uses worldwide fame to promote American values of hyper-competitiveness and egomania
- 1993: Works with video game developer Midway on alternate version of NBA Jam in which he is the only playable character
- July 1993: Wins $2,000,000 bet that his father would be murdered at a rest area
- 1995: 5-year-old son Jeffrey scores his first-ever basket in the driveway, after which Jordan goes on an unstoppable 184-0 run against him
- 1996: Saves planet from near collapse at the hands of basketball-playing aliens, a haunting experience he later turned into an introspective, critically acclaimed independent film
- 2006: Completes first-ever infidelity three-peat
- 2009: During his NBA Hall of Fame speech, Jordan finally calls out Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy, Bryon Russell, and some guy who cut him off in traffic in 1987
- 2010-2012: Plays for Charlotte Bobcats under the pseudonym Gerald Henderson
Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:47 AM
I can't top that.
I watched a lot of Magic and Larry Bird. I thought I was seeing something special. Then I saw Jordan. Jordan is the best basketball player I have ever seen. I don't expect to see his equal.
But, yeah, lousy human being.
"Proceed counterinductively." --Paul Feyerabend
Posted 20 February 2013 - 04:20 PM
I've only seen Jordan play on TV.
I saw LeBron play live, from 20 rows (or so) back. The first half of the game it was the Dallas Mavericks vs. LeBron James, and LeBron was winning. By the second half, he was tired, and had to use the rest of the Cavaliers. Dallas ended up winning. But damn, could he play.
If it hadn't been for Michael, LeBron might not have been inspired to become what he is.
Posted 20 February 2013 - 05:59 PM
Yah I remember watching that game in the finals when he had the flu when I was a kid and just being amazed. Michael had grace on the court but not off the court. His Hall of Fame speech just made me sad.
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Posted 24 February 2013 - 01:54 AM
I have never watched a basketball game.