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Special Fizer's Take: My 23 Fave MJ Moments

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Special Fizer's Take: My 23 Fave MJ Moments

Wow... I'd never thought that this day would come where we, the fans, can finally enshrine His Airness in to the Hall of Fame... But as the Greatest Of All time, it is an injustice if we don't do that... I must admit that I wasn't born yet during his rookie year but watching tapes and documentaries about Michael is enough to convince me that he is the best... The best competitor who had that insatiable hunger for winning... It is indeed impossible for anybody that plays this game without ever knowing Michael Jordan... I know there are so many GREAT memories out there but I created my top 23 moments of all time... Here they are:

23. Getting drafted by the Bulls at 3rd during the 1984 NBA Draft- This is where it all began... The drafting of the legend which the Bulls never expected him to become... "With the 3rd pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select Michael Jordan from the University of North Carolina..." -word by word from David Stern

22. October 26, 1984- His first taste of an NBA game where he delivered a so-so performance of 16 points against the Washington Bullets... Well, it didn't really reflect the whole greatness of his career but like we said, a thousand mile starts with a single step and to Michael that was his first step...

21. 51 points at 39 - fast forward to an old MJ... He showed flashes of vintage Michael Jordan when he delivered 51 points even at age 39 to beat the Charlotte Hornets.

20. The 2003 All-Star Game- forget that he was struggling the whole game... The fact that he finally passed His torch to his fellow stars in the NBA as he bade goodbye and getting that awesome standing ovation is well enough for it to be memorable... Not only that, that fade away jumpshot against Shawn Marion flailing away is a great testament in MJ's legacy plus he gets the chest bump from AI...(cool!) Despite the East losing, the All-Star weekend was emotional and memorable...

19. Michael Jordan shutting the mouth of cocky rookie Jerry Stackhouse- with rookie and fellow Tar Heel Stack proclaiming that "no one can guard him," "not even Michael Jordan"... What could be MJ's response? Well, he didn't have to do it in words... He just scored 48 points as the Bulls collected one of their 72 victories that year... By the way, Stackhouse finished with 13...

18. Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals- In a match-up of two best guards in the NBA, Michael showed why he is the man and not Clyde... He shot 6 3-pointers in the first half including the last one in which went back up the court "cadillacing", looking at the announcer's table as if to express, "What can I say?"... He finished with 35 first half points and a victory...

17. The 37.1 PPG - Absurd... Just absurd... How could a guard score like that? I thought only Wilt is capable but noooo... MJ proved that he can do that too during the 1986-87 season where he had eight 50-point games and tons of 40 point performance... With an output of a 3041 points that season... Something that has not been reached up to now...

16. 1988 Playoffs back-to-back Cleveland Massacre- The Cavaliers have always been the favorite victim of Michael Jordan... One of the firsts by any player was to score back-to-back 50 point games in a playoff series and MJ did just that... He torched the Cavs for 50 in Game 1 then continued his mastery in Game 2 by posting 55 with a much better defender in Ron Harper...(aw...better defender?LOL)

15. The first 40 year old- Jordan became the first 40 year old player to score 40 points... He finished with 41 points to help the Wizards sneak past the Nets... He had a 45 point performance against the New Orleans Hornets later that season (his final)...

14. First All-Star Triple Double- With so many accomplishments in his career, it would seem that Jordan has done it all... Well, not quite yet... He posted the first All-Star Triple Double by having 14 points 11 rebounds 12 assists to help get the W for the East in Cleveland OH...

13. Suckering the Canadians - Early November during the 95-96 season, the new expansion team Vancouver Grizzlies were on the brink of an upset against the mighty Bulls... But Jordan would refuse to give up, scoring 19 points in the final six minutes of the 4th Quarter to preserve a comeback win 94-88 in Vancouver, leaving the Canadians shocked.

12. Slam Dunk Showdown - Probably the greatest duel among two superstars in a dunk contest... Michael versus Dominique... Both showed why they are worthy to be the champ... But the thing is, it was held in Chicago and for that reason 'Nique stood no chance... Still, MJ showed that he can duel with 'Nique anytime...

11. The First Championship- 7 years of agony and in search for the coveted title, Michael finally landed one (and many more to come) championship in the city of Chicago. I think it was the sweetest moment for him after all the hurdle, the hard work and the determination to be the best competitor ever has paid off. Emotions burst as if to express the joy of how hard he worked to get there. That was simply phenomenal... The moment he hugged the trophy was special itself... (for pic, see henry25)LOL

10. The 63-point explosion against the C's in the 1986 playoffs- You could see how he toyed with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson and Parish... He just made them look average at that time. Jordan posted the most points in a single-game which is still standing until now... Despite a Bulls' loss, Jordan took the C's to double overtime and captivated fans with his individual performance...

9. 1997 NBA Finals Game 1 and 6- There have been millions of clutch plays by Michael Jordan... This is one of them... With the game hanging in the balance, Jordan hits a jump shot over Bryon Russell to beat the clock and hand the Bulls a victory over the Jazz... The same thing happened in Game 6 only this time the Jazz were prepared for the moment only that MJ had other ideas when he passed the ball to an open Steve Kerr that all plus a Pippen steal would seal them the championship...

8. His 40 point barrage in the '88 All Star Game- Of course it was in Chicago... He has to do something spectacular and he did such that...posting 40 points and a win for the East plus the All-Star MVP trophy...

7. Comeback and a 55-point performance at MSG- There's nothing better than to play at Madison Square Garden... And Michael Jordan relished that moment once he came back from his first retirement... He posted 55 points against Patrick Ewing and the Knicks... He made that clutch pass to an open Bill Wennington for the win... Bill Wenningto even quipped "Michael Jordan and I combined for 57 points"

6. Overcoming the Bad Boys- for three seasons, the Pistons were Michael Jordan's main hurdle. Their physical play and tenacious defense stopped Michael and the Bulls... When MJ committed himself to a more team-oriented game, the Pistons were in for a surprise as they got swept by the Bulls in 1991 NBA East Finals...(OUCH!)

5. The 69 and 18...- He posted his career highs in points and rebounds as the Bulls knock the Cleveland Cavaliers in triple overtime... Michael Jordan finished with 69 points and 18 rebounds to spark the win...

4. The Michael Jordan Dunk Portrait- One of the best dunks in NBA History... Michael drives to the paint but fakes out to elude John Starks and Charles Oakley (who both foolishly bought that) and next thing they know, he pursued the drive with a late help from Ewing, slam! and a foul... The sickest part of that play was the elevation of Jordan... The way he almost put his forearm inside the basket...

3. The Shot- With just those two words, we all know what I'm talking about... It's that shot during the 1989 NBA Playoffs where the series hanging in the balance and their lives at stake... It is the shot where Jordan was being surrounded by Cavs players intent on stopping him from getting the ball only to fail. Once Jordan got it, he drive past Ehlo and went to the top of the key and sent the rock in a floater for a buzzer beater win and a pump-fisting Jordan and the Bulls celebrate... Plus, Craig Ehlo's reaction is PRICELESS!

2. The Flu Game- I could have put this at number 1 but decided not to... Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals... Michael Jordan is suffering from a stomach virus... If this was any NBA player, he would have rested... But this is Michael Jordan... A fighter... A competitor... A champion... He proved that even a serious flu will not hinder him from winning the championship... You can see all the sweat running through his body, you can see how weak he was at that time... With no other Bull taking over(Pip was struggling), Jordan did his own thing despite his weak state. He finished with 38 points including the dagger three that sealed the win for the Bulls... You could see how he need Pippen to carry him over the court... That was probably the gutsiest performance by Michael Jordan... That's what made him a hero to me...

1. His Final Shot- The pat on the butt and jumpshot... That was probably the way he ended his career. I would like to think that when he came back to the Wizards it was more of like a passing of the torch... Jordan's final shot and the way he posed for that showed that he was waving goodbye... That shot sealed the win for the Bulls and his 6th championship... He finished with a spectacular 45 points, though not really his best performance but it was definitely the best moment of MJ's career...

So that's it... These moments are a fraction of what Michael had done for the NBA... His greatness paved the way for guys like Kobe, LeBron and Wade to maintain its status as it is today... Putting Jordan in the HOF means that his career is really over... But everyone knows that Michael Jordan will always be remembered as arguably the GREATEST PLAYER to have ever played the game...

what's your favorite MJ moment? Share it here...^^


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I'm watching #7 on NBATV

I'm watching #7 on NBATV right now... Jordan is destroying John Starks lol.

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hahahahaha

Enjoy the torture of Starks...LOL

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You got all the best ones

You got all the best ones Fizer, Here is a subtle moment that was often forgot that I thought was awesome. In 1996-1997 season it was around half way through the season and the Bulls were in a close rematch with their 1996 Finals opponent the Sonics. The game was close going into the half and MJ shoots a jumper (not a heave or a toss up) from half court as time expires and NAILS it! the Bulls never looked back that game and took it in the 2nd half.

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pat on the butt

more like the push off on bryon russell. Jordan was the greatest to play the game. I remmeber recording games on national tv when jordan was playing and watching them over and over.

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The flu game is no 1 to me.

The flu game is no 1 to me. What a hero

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Hero?

Jordan is definately a legend but are you saying that playing while he was sick makes him a hero?

If so then Bobby Hurley must be a major hero since he played two games in a row with the stomach flu in the 1990 NCAA Tournament. He had to keep running back and forth to the locker room so he wouldn't crap his pants.

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To me that is heroic. Any

To me that is heroic. Any normal person could just say; no i cant play tonight, im sick. But he played and dominated, that is heroic to me.

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He's gonna

He's gonna get inducted in a few hours... I can't wait to watch that... Everybody's got to...

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