Why does any discussion of NBA basketball - specifically, the Bulls - still start and end with the words: Michael Jordan? Because the greatest player ever - no disrespect, Wilt - still has game.
Just check out the video below with a 46-year-old, puffy Jordan sporting some truly baggy jeans facing up Chris "The Ghetto Bird" Young, dropping fadeaway after fadeaway over the 6-foot-4, 180-pound 20-something.
And if that weren't enough, he starts off with a flat-footed reverse slam from under the basket, a feat Slamball star Young can't do facing forward.
Of course, Jordan talks trash the entire time, asking Young to tell him which side he wants to defend, then knocking down shots from right there. "How many times you gotta see it," you can here a teammate ask from the side.
You can just smell the edge - Jordan's laughing and joshing, but he wants to beat this kid and wants this kid to know he got beat.
So, does this set us up for another comeback? Can the Bulls line up his Airness, maybe just leave him on the bench til the fourth quarter or the final 5 minutes of a game? OK, maybe we're not there. But it's pretty clear Jordan still has skills you can only dream about and clearly still has the competitive fire that made him the greatest.
While we could do without the “Where Amazing Happens” soundtrack and slow-mo replays during the final minute of the footage, it’s always nice to see Greatness on the court (and talkin’shirt, of course). Sorry Chris “The Ghetto Bird” Young, but the 46-year-old Mike just left you grounded.
Posted by Like Mike at 8:10 PM