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Video: Michael Jordan’s Hall of Fame acceptance speech

Sep 3, 2012, 11:46 PM EDT

With this being the week where some greats of the game — Reggie Miller, Jamaal Wilkes, Don Nelson, and others — are enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, we’re going to have some speeches to remember no doubt.

Nothing is going to top Michael Jordan’s acceptance speech. Which is such vintage Jordan, the fire that drives him and how that is a double-edged sword.

So, why not relive it on a late holiday weekend night? Enjoy.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 4, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    Everything you need to know about Jordan’s career is revealed in the first minute of the speech.

    1. He immediately thanks Scottie Pippen. Championships aren’t won alone, and having one of the best perimeter defenders of all time who was willing to play Robin to his Batman was a huge help, and Jordan acknowledges that.

    2. Even after a Hall of Fame career with 6 championship victories, 6 Finals MVPs, a Defensive Player of the Year Award, multiple regular season MVPs and scoring titles…he begins his explanation of what motivates him by talking about how in high school, he lost out on “Best High School Basketball Player in North Carolina” Award.

    Even after those professional accomplishments, momentous personal milestones (reaching adulthood, marriage, children, divorce, losing his father), and the accumulation of massive wealth, he still remembers that “snub” from back when he was a teenager.

  2. lakerluver - Sep 4, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Those that try to criticize Kobe for his arrogance and selfishness really need to watch this video. MJ could be the GOAT but let’s not act like he was above reproach. Most of the all time greats have one thing in common, they were a**holes. Not only was MJ one in his speech, he was also one on the court.

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

      Real talk LL, notice how it’s an article on MJ (which usually generates 40+ comments everytime, no PFT numbers by a longshot, but good for PBT) and before mines was only 2 comments…yours and eventhorizon04 and this has been out for already close to 2 days now.

      Everybody knows this, but no one wanted to say anything ’cause MJ’s nuts are stuck so far down everyone throat that no one wants to call him out on what was one of the worst H.O.F. speeches of all time and really spoke to his arrogant a-holeness. Imagine if this was a Kobe or LeBron speech, there would be over 60 comments ragging and degrading either player. MJ just always gets a “get-out-of-jail-free” card.

      • 00maltliquor - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:22 AM

        By the way, I have no problem with MJ, but if we’re gonna be fair, lets be fair and stop handing out freebies to His Airness and sh!ting on Mamba, even LBJ.

      • camnellum12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:38 AM

        I’m not sure if that’s the media sweeping this under the rug like they did with the rest of his mishaps (gambling, cheating on his wife, physically abusing teammates, etc), but the only prominent writer to jump on this was my favorite writer in the nation, Adrian Wojnarowski (or simply Woj). He told it like it was:
        and every agrees, it’s just like they take it willingly from that a**hole everyone knows. I hate the fact that I never hear MJ’s name in charity works or he never makes his overhyped/overrated/overpriced shoes taken off the shelves when people get seriously hurt over his sneakers. Maybe one day it will be brought to light, but until then, people like me and you will be called “haters”.

  3. mjfan4life23 - Sep 4, 2012 at 1:08 PM


  4. camnellum12 - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:42 AM

    *everyone agrees.

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