It has nearly been a decade since Michael Jordan last stepped onto an NBA court as a player. Nevertheless, the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All-time) remains as relevant as ever, and is still the measuring stick by which G.O.A.T.-hopefuls stand up to.
That he is soon to re-appear as the cover boy of a critically-acclaimed NBA game series, NBA 2K, should only reaffirm that he is still able to strike a chord with basketball fans everywhere—even as his glory days is all but history now.
NBA 2K11 will offer players the chance to relive Michael Jordan’s glory days. The game is set to include a “Jordan Challenge” feature that recreates 10 of His Airness’ most dazzling nights.
Among these are Jordan’s final game as a Chicago Bull against the Utah Jazz in the ’98 NBA Finals, Jordan’s 69-point game, as well as the (in)famous “flu game.”
The game is set for release on October 5, 2010, and will come out for the PC, PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii.
While we’re definitely excited to relive those moments, we couldn’t help but think about Jordan’s bad nights—certain that we would find a couple here and there, in an otherwise, perfect career (let’s just pretend his time with the Wizards didn’t happen). Looking for Jordan’s low moments on the court was like searching for flaws on Angel Locsin’s body: there are barely any, and the ones you find only add to the overall perfection. In any case, here’s what we’ve been able to find.
Jordan’s rookie debut
After being drafted third in the 1984 NBA draft—after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie— many knew that there was indeed something special about Mike. They just didn’t know that he was going to be this special.
His first game wasn’t much of a revelation too, scoring “just” 16 points along with 6 rebounds and 7 assists on October 26, 1984 in a home game against the Washington Bullets.
For the rest of the regular season though and a short playoff run, Jordan would only miss the 20-point mark only 8 times.
Funny how the universe works. Jordan’s first NBA game was against the team that he’ll end his playing career with later on.
The game after Jordan’s 63-point game
In his second season, Jordan and the Bulls would get to the Playoffs once again, only to be defeated by the Larry Legend’s Boston Celtics.
In the second game of the series though, Jordan absolutely gave it all he got, pouring in 63 points in the fabled Boston Garden, an arena which up to that point had been a proud coliseum not known for letting opposing players reach 60 points or so. Larry Bird, who isn’t exactly known for praising rivals, likened Michael Jordan to a god after that outburst.
What many of you do not know is what happened after that legend of a game. In the next game—a home game, by the way—Jordan would only score 19 points. That’s less than a third of what he scored in the prior game. Was he tired? Did he realize that he can’t win just by scoring? Whatever it was, Jordan wasn’t god-like in that game, though he did add 10 rebounds and 9 assists, which means Jordan was still really, really good.