Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Jordan Scores

To present him at his induction to the NBA hall of fame, Michael Jordan chose David Thompson.

Oh. Hell. Yeah.

Thompson and Julius "Dr. J" Erving basically invented the slam dunk in the 70's, blazing the trail for the likes of Jordan. And I do mean "blazing."

Those of us who remember (and we will never forget) that Jordan grew up watching Thompson play at N.C. State, and was a Wolfpack fan in his youth, but then betrayed his boyhood allegiance to play for... some other school (I can't quite recall, seems like they wear powder blue jerseys), will never forgive him for that particular lapse in judgment. But with this pick, he reclaims just a little bit of his lost class.

That'll do, Michael, that'll do.

Hat tip to Stephen Metcalf at the Slate Culture Gabfest for bringing this to my attention. If you enjoy high flying basketball, please treat yourself to one or both of the following videos. And, finally, I would feel slightly remiss if I did not point out that Thompson is 2 inches shorter than Erving and Jordan. I'm just sayin'...

David Thompson Highlight Reel

Both #3 and #2, starting at 1:33, are more spectacular than #1, IMO. See him dunk on the fast break over TWO defenders!

ABA Slam Dunk Contest, 1976

All these guys are impressive, of course, but if you want to cut to the chase, go to 3:10. Thompson is followed by Dr. J, who closes the show. Thompson's 360o spin is clearly the dunk of the day, but he misses his 4th shot, so the nod goes to Erving.


Blogger Marsosudiro said...

What I love about #3 is that it shows defense and offense from the same player, in one sequence.

(Some of MJ's most famous sequences include the same.)

October 02, 2009 8:48 AM  

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