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.
Jordan made such a huge impact early on during his rookie season that he was voted to the starting lineup of the 1985 all-star game. Not only that, he also earned himself a spot in the slam dunk contest.
The slam dunk contest was something new to the league, having only been installed in 1984. The first ever slam dunk contest was won by Larry Nance, who beat out Dr. J Julius Erving to take home the title. Both players came back for the 1985 contest, which also featured high fliers like Dominique Wilkins, Darrell Griffith, Orlando Woolridge, Clyde Drexler, and another rookie sensation Terence Stansbury.
Here are the highlights from the 1985 slam dunk contest.
Jordan and Wilkins led all contestants in the semi-final round, eliminating Terence Stansbury, Dr. J, and last year’s winner Larry Nance from the competition.
Final round showdown between Jordan and Wilkins
You can watch the entire contest here.
But as we already know with Michael, losing will only make him rise up to the challenge. Wilkins and Jordan were destined for another epic slam dunk showdown, which would not happen for another 3 years.
Welcome MJ fans!
Michael Jordan was, and still is the greatest basketball player that has ever played the game. There might be a player in the future who will score more, or win more championships and MVP titles, but there will never be another player who brought as much of an impact to the sport of basketball as Michael Jordan.
To show my appreciation of all that he has done for the sport, and for athletes in general, I am putting together a virtual biography of Michael Jordan.
I consider myself lucky to have watched Michael play during his championship years in Chicago. It was always a great experience since you never know what he was going to accomplish each night. Unfortunately many of his great games came against my beloved Knicks of the late 90’s, but I still had a great deal of respect for Jordan.
For those who never watched him play live, it is difficult to get a sense of how great he was relative to everyone else in the game at the time. There is no doubt in my mind that if Jordan were to enter the NBA now as a rookie, he would still be able to dominate.
Here are 10 of Michael Jordan’s career stats that I thought were outstanding and deserves to be mentioned.
1. 6 NBA championships
The only current player who comes close to that is Kobe with 4 championships. 3 of which he earned with the help of Shaq.
2. 5 time regular season MVP
No current player has more than 2 (Duncan, Nash)
3. 30.1 career scoring average
If Jordan did not come back and play for the Wizards after a 3 year retirement, this number would be even higher. With the Wizards he never averaged more than 23 points per game.
4.172 games with 40 or more points
37 of those games came within a 2 year period between 1986-1987
5. 39 games with 50 or more points
6. 10 scoring titles
Allen Iverson leads all current players with 4, and doesn’t look like he’ll get a chance at a 5th.
7. 3 retirements
Imagine how many more championships and scoring titles he would have earned without those 4 years off.
8. 2 Olympic gold medals
The best dream team there ever was.
9. 32292 regular season points scored
Good enough for 3rd place all time behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Karl Malone
10. #1 of 50 greatest players in NBA history
Will there ever be another player as great as Michael Jordan? No.
No other player can have as large an impact on the game of basketball as Michael Jordan. He not only brought the game to another level with his on court performances, he also helped to expand and popularize the game world wide. He is the idol of countless kids across the world who would never have picked up a basketball if it wasn’t for Michael Jordan.
Now that he is retired from the game, he continues to be a role model through his businesses and other ventures. His line of Air Jordans basketball shoes are very successful, and they are complimented by Jordan’s messages to young athletes to work hard and to not be afraid of failure.
Michael Jordan, great basketball player, great ambassador of the game, great role model, great man.