Top Five: Victims of Michael Jordan August 30, 2007Posted by Marquis Chapman in Basketball, NBA, Sports, Top Five.
5. Clyde Drexler/Cliff Robinson- The Bulls and the Trailblazers met in the 1992 NBA finals. Jordan was after his second ring and determined to prove that he was better than Clyde Drexler. Although Drexler and Cliff Robinson would attempt to contain Jordan, MJ went off in the first game. Jordan got in the zone and made 3 pointer after 3 pointer, eventually hitting 6 threes in the first half. Jordan was so hot, he couldn’t even believe it. After he hit yet another three, he looked over at commentators Marv Albert and Magic Johnson, shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders as if to say, “I don’t even know whats going on.” In the first half alone, Jordan had 35 five points. The Bulls went on to win the game, and eventually their second championship.
4. The Boston Celtics- You know you’ve victimized a team when Larry Bird later refers to you as “God disguised as Michael Jordan.” Just a couple games back from a foot injury, Jordan abused the entire Celtics team, scoring 63 points at the Boston Garden. MJ really seemed unstoppable in this game. He was scoring at will and talking trash to the fans at the same time. Jordan abused Bird a couple of times down the court as well. Everyone remembers the move where he drove hard to the right, stopped and dribbled twice between his legs, and shot the jumper in Bird’s face. Bird looked lost on that play. No one had ever seen one player single handly destroy the great Boston Celtics.
3. Bryon Russell- No one wants to be remembered as the guy that Jordan hit the game winner over to win the series and presumably end his perfect career. Enter Bryon Russell. Although it may have been just a little push off, the game wining shot by Jordan in the 1998 finals against the Utah Jazz is an absolute classic. Russell was in a good defensive stance at the top of the key. Jordan drives hard to his right, gives Russell a “little nudge”, and shoots the J with perfect form. Nothing but net. Jordan then proceeds to hold his perfect form just a little longer than usual. The Bulls win. Russell is yet another player made famous by His Airness.
2. The Entire New York Knicks Team- Everyone knows the New York Knicks play their home games at Madison Square Garden. So when the greatest basketball player of all time says his favorite place to play is Maddison Square Garden, there might be a few problems. Jordan gave every single player on the New York Knicks problems. Some notable highlights of Jordan against the Knicks include 55 points in Madison Square Garden, two playoff triple doubles, and that unforgettable spin move he did on Oakley and Starks to go baseline, which ended with a dunk on Patrick Ewing.
1. Craig Ehlo- The game winning shot over Craig Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs against the Cleveland Caviliers is arguably the most memorable shot of Jordan’s career. There was really nothing Craig Ehlo could do to stop Jordan. Jordan drove hard to his left, pulled up to the foul line, hung in the air for quite some time, and hit the game winning shot over Ehlo. A demoralized Ehlo, who had a pretty good game himself, collapses on the floor, and a young Jordan jumps in the air and pumps his fist, yelling at the crowd. The game winning shot clinched the series for the Bulls, and forever ethced Craig Ehlo’s spot in history as the #1 victim of Michael Jordan.