Finally, the definitive story of the Jordan Crying Meme is told. Hear how the 21st century’s most iconic piece of art came to be from ESPN analyst Jay Williams, DJ Gallo of SportsPickle, and the man who took the famous photo, AP photographer Stephan Savoia.
With Kobe Bryant surpassing Michael Jordan’s all-time scoring spot, the NBA rolls out this clip featuring the two legends going head-to-head, dubbed “Duel of Icons.” The clip takes a look back at highlights of their head to head match-ups over the years. Take a look and let us know which player you think has the advantage.
The 30th anniversary of the “banned” Air Jordan 1 was this weekend. In commemoration of the milestone, here’s a look back at a short commercial Nike rolled out making light of the situation and controversy surrounding the iconic sneaker. The story goes like this. The red/black colorway of the shoe went against the rules of the NBA, so Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 per game, which was covered by Nike and helped fuel sales, adding to the legend of the shoe.
Last month we told you about Michael Jordan‘s infamous “Flu Game” Air Jordan 12s being put up for auction by the lucky former Delta Center ballboy who received them straight from His Airness. Preston Truman, the former ballboy in question, put the shoes up for auction with a starting price of $5,000 USD. At the auction’s close, 15 bids had been placed, with the winning bidder paying a final price of $104,765 USD, a record for game-worn shoes.
This is a tale about the legendary ‘Flu Game’ of the 1997 Finals–Game 5, where Michael Jordan beat the flu, the Jazz, and bequeathed his own Jordans to a former Delta Center ballboy for so thoughtfully bringing him applesauce. It was a glorious win for the Bulls, and a touching tale for Preston Truman who still has those humongous size 13 shoes that no one has yet filled. Truman has turned down invitations to sell them over the years, including an $11,000 offer sixteen years ago. Now at 35, he is ready to part with them. The auction opens on November 18–check it out here.
Almost a year ago, 18-year-old Youssef Hannoun put together a highly viral compilation clip featuring a direct comparison between Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. A recent follow-up has made its rounds across the Internet showing two of the greatest players ever to step on the hardwood in further eerily similar fashion. As a huge fan of Kobe Bryant, watching every game since 07-08 on TV, many of the Los Angeles Laker’s movements became etched into the back of Hannoun’s mind who would later cross-reference them with Youtube clips of Jordan in his heyday.
When asked would be the starting five of their all-time best NBA team, most people would automatically name the great Michael Jordan as their first pick. But, some NBA legends wouldn’t.
During an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, Malone named: John Stockton and Oscar Robertson as his guards, Wilt Chamberlain at center, LeBron at power forward and Scottie Pippen at small forward. That’s right, no Jordan at all.
“Scottie Pippen led the team in every statistical category while he was there without Michael Jordan,” Malone explained. “That’s why I have to put him there. So now you know.” Check the video below:
Following the successful release of its “I’m Back!” series a few months ago, high-end toymaker ENTERBAY has returned with yet another 1/6 scale figurine of the great Michael Jordan, this time dubbed “#23 Away.” Standing tall at almost 13 inches as it is based on MJ’s official height of 6’6’’, this limited edition model is from the toymaker’s “Real Masterpiece” collection, a range of accurately depicted, lifelike figurines that focuses on some of the most recognizable faces in the world. Taking us back a decade or three, this “museum-like representation of Jordan” features his iconic red Chicago Bulls uniform accompanied by three of his famous signature sneaker models: the Air II; Air Jordan X “Steel Grey”; and Air Jordan XI “Concord.” Additional details include a revised headsculpt, a newly developed multi-layer paint application, 30 points of articulations, five interchangeable hands, an adjustable Bulls figure stand, on-court accessories, and a replica of his 1995-96 MVP trophy.
In honor of Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, ESPN has been running a series of specials celebrating the occasion. In the network’s “Gotta Be The Shoes” segment, they take a closer look at the global phenomenon that is the NBA legend’s shoes, the Air Jordans.
“Long ago, a shoe endorsement was the pinnacle of an athlete’s commercial success. Then, Michael Jordan arrived and became the first athlete to be a brand. After the first pair of Nike ‘Air Jordan’ basketball shoes rolled out, the former Chicago Bulls guard elevated his profile from superstar to transcendent, cross-over commercial icon. Now almost 30 years since the first sneakers debuted and nearly a decade since Jordan retired as a pro athlete, his brand endures and continues to perpetuate his basketball legacy.”
Jordan is widely considered the G.O.A.T. in basketball, but was it the shoes?
Who’s the greatest NBA player of all-time? That question has been an on-going debate for years, with many believing the great Michael Jordan currently holds the title. But, ever since Kobe Bryant emerged as an NBA superstar in the early 2000’s, during the Lakers’ Three-peat run, led by Shaquille O’Neal, the argument has come into question. While Kobe still has some years left in his career and things he can still accomplish, when it’s all said and done, will he be considered the G.O.A.T.? Can he take the title from Jordan?
The debate is likely to rage on for years to come, so for now, check out this fan-made clip, showing both NBA stars in a series of nearly identical plays, from fadeaways to jumpshots to dunks.
What’s your take? Who’s the greatest?
To continue celebrating the 20th anniversary of Michael Jordan’s legacy on the global stage, Jordan Brand is releasing the Jordan Golden Moments pack which features both the Air Jordan VI and VII Retro. Available respectively in either a white/metallic gold or black/metallic gold colorway, the box features a gold Jumpman logo with “VI” and “VII” printed on either side. The Jordan Golden Moments pack will be available on August 18 for $350 USD.
Gatorade aired this dope commercial during NBA All-Star festivities over the weekend, in which coach Phil Jackson recounts Michael Jordan’s epic 1997 NBA Finals Game 5 performance, where he led the Bulls to victory 90-88. Oh, and he was suffering from the flu.
This game is forever etched into the memories of basketball fans, and made fans and Jackson, as he puts it in the clip: “a believer.”
“We had to help him into the locker room,” says Jackson. “It made me a believer. Not in luck, or fate, but in the will to win.”
Jordan scored 38 points that night, despite suffering from a stomach virus that had rendered him weak and dehydrated. Obviously, the brand shows him drinking Gatorade to rehydrate himself. A great short by Gatorade.