Hi Michael Jordan fans!
I hope you have enjoyed reading the early chapters of The Evolution of Michael Jordan. I have received many positive comments about this blog and it seems that there are still many Michael Jordan fans out there who want to learn more about his life and about all of his accomplishments. I have worked very hard on the research and the writing of this blog, and I hope that you like what you’re reading.
As for the future of this blog, I am thinking of publishing the contents here as an ebook. I think an ebook will work well because it will allow the story of Michael Jordan to come to life through writing, images, and videos. The ebook will contain lots of additional material, especially about the other people close to MJ. I plan on writing special chapters focusing on the other Bull’s players such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr. I also plan on writing chapters of some of Michael’s biggest rivals, such as Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Kobe Bryant.
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When asked if he would pick Kobe or Lebron, Michael Jordan decided on the 5 time champion Kobe Bryant. The most interesting thing about his answer was about how both he and Kobe are “cursed”. By cursed I think he means cursed with an intense competitive nature where you don’t know when to stop competing. Other NBA analysts also chime in with their answers. Check it out below.
Lebron did not seem fazed by Jordan’s response. Although I can’t believe that he’s not even a little bit hurt by Jordan’s words.
In the end it seems that what really matters is the number of championships. Kobe has proven that he can be a champion on 5 separate occasions, and Lebron has only done it once. No one is saying that Lebron won’t get more championships than Kobe, but considering their entire careers, I would agree that Kobe has been the more dominant player.
I think the debate now is no longer Kobe vs. Lebron. Kobe is getting up there in years and won’t be able to compete much longer. Now the debate has shifted to Lebron vs. Durant. Both players are dominant and both are hyper competitive. Which one would you choose at this point? Please leave your comments below.
After a very long time, I will now write the next chapters of The Evolution of Michael Jordan. Stay tuned…
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As you may have noticed, I have not been posting very regularly. It’s unfortunate but a lot of other things are taking up my time these days. Among those are a full time job that I enjoy, an Ultimate Frisbee team that I captain, and a wonderful relationship that is helping me grow in all the right ways. I’m definitely not complaining, but I do wish I had more time to continue the story of The Evolution of Michael Jordan.
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Barely a month into the season and the Knicks fans were already losing hope. After a 4 game winning streak early in January, the Knicks had lost 11 out of 13 games and had fallen to an 8-15 record. Despite having two all-stars in Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks were failing to score points. Coach Mike D’Antoni’s potent offense that worked so well in Phoenix with Steve Nash did not function properly in New York. People were questioning if the Knicks would even make it back to the playoffs again.
It was a pivotal moment in the season. Any more losses and it would be very difficult for the Knicks to climb back into the playoff race. The team knew it, the fans knew it, and coach D’Antoni definitely knew it. But lacking the point guard that he desperately needed, there seemed little he could do to right the ship. There were even rumors that coach D’Antoni might lose his job if the Knicks didn’t start winning again.
2/04/2012: Knicks vs. Nets
The 8-15 Knicks faced off against the 8-16 Nets, their rivals from across the Hudson river. The game did not start well. The Nets went on a run early in the first quarter and built a 10 point lead. Maybe it was an experiment or maybe it was just frustration, but coach D’Antoni put in a little known player named Jeremy Lin with 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Coach D’Antoni might have thought “nothing else seems to be going right, let’s just give the kid some minutes and see what happens”.
What happened was Linsanity.
Jeremy Lin out duels all-star point guard Deron Williams and helps the Knicks to a 99-92 win. In 36 mins, Lin scores 25 points, dishes out 7 assists, grabs 5 rebounds, and gets 2 steals. Not only did he save the Knicks from a potentially embarrassing loss to the Nets, he also might have saved D’Antoni’s job. After the game, D’Antoni said “I had my doubts, but we just stayed with it and he has some of the qualities that we needed,”
For the first time in a long time, Knicks fans had something to cheer about. But will the good fortunes last?
2/06/2012: Knicks vs. Jazz
The day started out with some bad news. Amare Stoudemire’s older brother was killed in a car crash and Amare left the team to be with his family. This meant that the Knicks were going to play without their best big man. Lacking Amare’s scoring and inside presence, the Knicks would have a hard time against the Jazz. Perhaps D’Antoni saw qualities in Lin that he had been looking for, the coach gave Lin the nod at starting point guard.
More bad news for the Knicks. 5 minutes into the game, Carmelo Anthony suffered a groin strain and had to leave the game. Now the Knicks were without Amare AND Carmelo. Things were beginning to look desperate. But losing the 2 all-stars meant that the Knicks could play as the scrappy underdogs and that gave Jeremy Lin the opportunity to shine. And Lin did not disappoint.
Jeremy Lin out duels Devin Harris and led the Knicks to a 99-88 win. In 45 mins, he scored 28 points, dished out 8 assists, grabbed 2 rebounds, and got 2 steals.
You must remember that just a few months ago Jeremy Lin was still playing in the D-league, the NBA’s version of the minor league. And now he’s leading the New York Knicks to wins without the help of any of the all-stars. This seemed just a little too good to be true. The news is out and any teams the Knicks face from now on would be prepared to shut down Jeremy Lin. The first team to try was the Washington Wizards and their former #1 draft pick John Wall.
2/08/2012: Knicks vs Wizards
John Wall is one of the most athletic guards in the NBA. Many people thought that Jeremy Lin wouldn’t be able to score the way he did against the Nets and the Jazz. The Wizards was also a better defensive team than the Nets and the Jazz. Perhaps the Jeremy Lin saga would end on this night. But Jeremy had other ideas.
The Wizards were able to limit Jeremy’s scoring abilities, but this night he showed them his passing skills. Jeremy recorded his first career double double by dishing out 10 assists. He helped set up his teammates and again led the Knicks to a 107-93 victory. He also had this little present for John Wall.
In 36 mins, Lin scored 23 points, dished out 10 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds, and got 1 steal.
Could this dream still go on? When will Jeremy wake up and realize that this shouldn’t be happening? Or maybe this should have been happening all along, and it was just a matter of time till Jeremy got his chance. Next up, Jeremy will get the chance to go up against one of the best NBA players in history. Kobe Bryant.
2/10/2012: Knicks vs. Lakers
Before the game reporters asked Kobe what he thought of Jeremy Lin. Kobe responded that he knew who Lin was but isn’t aware of what Lin had been doing recently. Perhaps it was a way to put Lin down, but Kobe’s comments had the completely opposite effect.
Jeremy Lin had one of the best games any Knicks player has had all season and outscores Kobe 38 to 34. He again led the Knicks to a 92-85 win against the former world champion Lakers. In 39 mins, he scored 38 points, dished out 7 assists, grabbed 4 rebounds, hit 2 3pts, and got 2 steals. Lin demonstrated to everyone that not only can he penetrate the defense and set other players up, he can also hit the outside shot. He is gaining confidence by the day and quickly becoming a dangerous player to play against.
2/11/2012: Knicks vs. Timberwolves
Another game, another good match-up for Lin. Ricky Rubio is the young phenom from Spain who was drafted into the NBA at age 19. So far this season Rubio has demonstrated superb passing and leadership skills. If anyone was going to give Lin a challenge, it was Rubio.
Understandably, Jeremy was tired. He had never played more minutes and in more games than he had in the last week. But despite the fatigue, he still contributed to the team. In 39 mins, he scored 20 points, dished out 8 assists, grabbed 6 rebounds, and got 3 steals. This was a great victory for the Knicks because it was on the road, and they came back from behind in the 4th quarter to win the game. Jeremy did not shoot well in the second half, but he managed to draw a foul in the final minute of the game and knocked down the game winning free throw. The Knicks would win the game 100-98.
This is where the story is now. In two days Jeremy Lin and the Knicks will face the Raptors in Toronto. They will know who Jeremy Lin is and they will have studied how he plays. Will the Raptors be the first team to stop Jeremy Lin and the Knicks? Or will Jeremy again continue his dream and get the Knicks their 6th consecutive win?
Stayed tuned folks. There’s much more to come.
I’m not sure how he was able to do this, but MessenjahMatt on Youtube has managed to recreate some of MJ’s most memorable moments using the NBA 2k11 graphics engine. Check these out and subscribe to his channel.
Jordan’s greatest move
Jordan vs. Jordan
Original Jordan vs. Jordan
Maybe it’s my fault
Michael Jordan in New York
It was definitely tough to watch these moments when they actually happened, but this video makes it worth watching again.
The flu game
There are many others, so check them out.
I’ve been going through a rough patch.
Things at work have not been going the way I had hoped. When I first started, I was filled with so much enthusiasm, passion, and energy that I literally thought that anything was possible. I believed that my company would change the world of education, and that I would have a big part to play in making those changes happen. I thought that I knew the way.
And now, I’m lost. What should I do?
This must be similar to how Lebron felt after losing the NBA championships in game 6 to the Dallas Mavericks.
When he first joined the Miami Heat he was so sure about winning a championship that he even predicted winning 7! How much enthusiasm, passion, and energy must he have had to make those brazen predictions!
And now look at him. He is a shell of his former self. He lost many of his fans and is now mocked everywhere he turns.
If you were Lebron, what should you do?
Here’s what Michael Jordan would tell Lebron.
That was definitely what I needed to hear. Nothing great ever comes easy. Michael didn’t get to where he got to purely based on athleticism and passion. He used everything he could think of to fuel himself to become better. Whether it was heart breaking defeats dealt by his opponents or stinging words from his critics, nothing deterred him from his one and only goal; which is to become the greatest basketball player of all time.
I still have much to learn.
I need to learn from my failures and allow them to make me stronger. Use the pain and the frustration as reasons to work harder and not reasons to quit. It’s too easy to quit. It’s hard to succeed. And I want to succeed. I now know what I must do. Thank you Michael.
Hopefully Lebron James can also learn from his mistakes from this past season. He is an unbelievably talented player and he has the potential to be so much more. I just hope that the setbacks he suffered is not enough to make him stop learning and improving. Although I don’t think he will come close to being the greatest basketball player of all time, he can definitely become ONE of the greatest players of all time.
About the video
If you didn’t recognize it, the video above splices together 2 other Nike commercials.
Here’s the original Michael Jordan Maybe It’s My Fault commercial.
Here’s the original Lebron James Lebron Rise commercial.
I bet this will give you goose bumps.