The NBA has a rich history, which dates back to nearly 70 years, full of decorated organizations and players – a time that has seen the fair share of greats come and go, but has left a lasting memory in the court game, example of such players include Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Russell, Magic Johnson just to mention a few. However one personality stands out when it comes to the history of the game is Michael Jordan – with his unbelievable skills, talent, numerous slam dunks, relationship with team mates on and off the court and above all his humanitarian qualities.
Starting up as a rookie in the most respected basketball leagues in the world was one of the best decisions of his life. You saw this one coming, right? Michael Jordan isn’t just the greatest player in the history of the game. He’s also the most dominant player of the 1990s.
When you consider the talent he went up against, his production looks that much more impressive. Thirty points per game, all while shooting above 50 percent over eight years, is absolutely unbelievable, and it’s something that we may never see again.
There’s no doubt that without Jordan, the Bulls would’ve never been the team they were during the 90s. Jordan out-shined every player he went up against including the biggest of stages in the NBA Finals. Here is a list of players he beat in the NBA Finals: Magic Johnson, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton and Karl Malone.
Not too shabby, especially when you consider that Jordan never lost an NBA Finals series that he played in. Greatness isn’t handed out; it’s earned, and that’s the story of Jordan’s career. His hard work and will to win is why he’s the greatest player of the 90s.
We can’t help but salute the enduring images of Jordan’s infamous tongue out habit which involves him soaring toward an emphatic dunk or a surge off the dribble. It’s as if one of basketball’s most gifted players was given a single deficiency in his otherwise impeccable body control; even as he flew, contorted and weaved his way to precise and spectacular plays, he was never quite able to contain his flopping tongue.