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Friday video: Happy Birthday, MJ. Thanks for the dunks.

Feb 17, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

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Michael Jordan, who really should need no introduction, turns 49 years old today. To commemorate that and the upcoming Slam Dunk Contest, here’s a highlight video of 3 of Jordan’s Slam Dunk Contest Performances — his duels with Dominique “The Human Highlight Film” Wilkins, one of which he won and one of which he lost, and his win over Jerome Kersey the year ‘Nique was injured.

All three contests feature Jordan taking off from the free-throw line, and the first contest features him doing it while wearing some gold chains. These dunks probably wouldn’t score high in next Saturday’s contest, but something tells me that Chase Budinger and Iman Shumpert aren’t going to generate the kind of electricity and buzz than MJ and ‘Nique did in their classic late-80s dunk-offs.

  1. svallen - Feb 17, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Dunk you very much Michael for all the great memories! Found a pretty neat site that has all his contracts and transaction history, check it out!

  2. chadsay - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    And, if the second matchup wasn’t in Chicago, ‘Nique would have won that one, too.

  3. t16rich - Feb 17, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Thank you for winning 3 straight championships. Retiring. And returning to show us how good you really were with 3 more straight championships. And that, is why Kobe and Lebron can never reach his level. Never.

  4. philtration - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    A lot of fans around the country got see Jordan on the ESPN highlights or during the post season.
    Being in Chicago we got to see him every game and was even better than you think.
    You could have watched him for years and he would still do something that made you say DAMN!
    It was more than the dunks.
    He dominated teams on both ends of the floor and he broke their spirit.
    They feared him and he smelled the blood in the water.

    It was awesome to see and it never got old.
    We never got jaded.

  5. duanethomas - Feb 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    He has to be # 1 and he is, he has supplanted Donald Sterling as the worst owner in professional sports.

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