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For his 50th, a compilation of Jordan’s 50 greatest plays (VIDEO)

Feb 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

You can’t go wrong with along string of Michael Jordan highlights.

Don’t quibble with the order or talk about how he pushed off on Byron Russell (he did), just enjoy the greatness. I’d say guys like him don’t come around very often, but frankly guys like him simply don’t come around again period. There will never be another MJ.

And happy birthday, Mr. Jordan.

  1. minnesotablizzard - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    There isn’t a hyperlink to the video on this stupid NBC sports talk app and their wasn’t one for other posts with videos either…

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 17, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    If PBT was invented iin 1984, I’d bet Cantonbound13 would have spent 84-91 posting daily comments like “No Rings” or, ” He’ll never be as good as Magic or Larry”.

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Never. There is no doubt Michael was the greatest. Magic & Larry, who at that time were at the top of the game in ’84 said Michael was special. He never called himself “the king”, or predicted 9 championships before even winning 1. He never had an arrogant decision show. Michael dominated with class & had respect for the great ones ahead of him. Not until this year did LeBron grow up.
      I just don’t understand your fellow bandwagon fans calling LeBron the best of all time. He should not even be mentioned with Michael until he wins at least 4 rings & makes at least 1 clutch shot.
      As a Knick fan I did not like Michael but I respected him.
      72, you should gather up those bandwagon Heat fans that just started watching the NBA 2 years ago & show them a few clips of Michael. Maybe they will understand what greatness really is. You may have to pause the video a few times because south beach, move back & moron Matt are a little slow.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      A lot of people did do that. I recall it vividly.

      However, I see what you’re trying to do, and no, he does not have Jordan’s fortitude, so there is no parallel.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Can you think of any athlete in a team sport ever who faced what Lebron faced in Game 6 of the ECFs in Boston last season? I’d call Lebron’s performance that night as something resembling fortitude.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        But the main point I was making is that those who didn’t think Jordan was a “winner” or “clutch” in the first 8 years of his career were a bunch of idiots, proven to be so over and over again. Just like many of our friends here already are and will continue to be. 10 years to go, more or less.

      • namriverrat69 - Feb 17, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        Michael Jordan was the best at what he did. He was a tremendous champion with the heart of a lion. Like so many great players he was a winner and brought out the best of other players on his team. I grew up in a different time. I had the priviledge of watching the great Bill Russell play and win 11 championships in 13 years, busting the Lakers over and over. The last 2 were as player/coach. He was the 1st black coach in professional sports to my knowledge. 2 years and 2 championships. He actually should have 13 rings. He should have gotten 2 rings as a coach and another 2 rings as a player those last two years.

        They changed the game of basketball because of him. After Russell’s senior year, the NCAA rules committee changed two rules for college basketball directly related to Russell’s dominance. The free throw lane was widened from 10 feet to 12 feet due to his ability to grab rebounds. In addition, offensive goaltending — touching the ball inside the cylinder — was banned. These changed in the pros too. His college coach with the Dons told him not to leave his feet to block a shot or get a rebound. Every game Russell did that they lost. He ended up ingoring the coach jumping for rebounds and blocks. His athletic ability was amazing. He won 2 NCAA championships at UCF plus 11 NBAs.

        Russell was a fierce competitor who hated losing, as all great players do. He played defense with abandon, feeling their were enough scorers on the team to make the difference. He averaged 22.5 rebounds for his career. He was the greatest in his generation for the game he played. Watching him play 7’1″ Wilt Chamberlain was great. Russell only stood 6’9″ tall and he was thin. He gave up 4 inches to Wilt. He played position better than all the rest which is why he totalled 21,620 career rebounds. People talk today about Bill Walton’s outlet pass. Bill Russell wrote the book on it as he led the Celtics fast break with it.

        No center had ever played the game the way Bill Russell did. He revolutionized the position. His leadership brought out the best in all the players who played with him. Over all those years the face of the team changed again and again yet he still won 8 straight and 11 championships in 13 years.

        Could Jordan have coached any of his teams to a championship? I sincerely doubt it. Russell was a great student of the game while he played.

        Jordan was the greatest of his generation but if I was picking an all time player to build a team around, it would always be Bill Russell hands down.

  3. cantonbound13 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    ATTENTION BANDWAGON HEAT FANS: Take note of all the game winning “Clutch” shots in this highlight reel. Thst’s why Michael is the greatest of all time & no one compares, especially LeBron.

  4. scrock25 - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    LBJ is better.

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 17, 2013 at 4:44 PM

      Please, LBJ can’t even put together a top 5 highlight reel!

  5. robones - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Watching these highlight reels make you appreciate what Jordan was. He single handily beat and kept the likes of Miller, Stockton, the Mail Man, Patrick Ewing, Barkley, Clyde Drexler, etc, etc, etc, etc, the list goes on and on!!! All these players are Hall of Famers!!!! Jordan at 6’6 was dunking on 7 footers before it was even imaginable! The highlight reels also make you remember how clutch he was. There is no denying that he has the most winning clutch moments of any basketball player ever! That’s why he is unquestionably, unarguably, the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER to ever play the game. Unreal!!!

    • robones - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      I mean to say: He single handily beat and kept the likes of Miller, Stockton, the Mail Man, Patrick Ewing, Barkley, Clyde Drexler, etc, etc, etc, etc, the list goes on and on out of winning an NBC Championship.

  6. pellypell - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Jordan running a 104 temperature, suffering from severe dehydration and diarrhea, all while on one good leg with a case of blue balls is still better than anything the league has on display today.

  7. chi01town - Feb 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Michael Jordan… only one way to
    describe this guy. JORDAN!!! the NBA will NEVER be able to replace him. Nobody in the league today can even get close.

  8. kingcrusher - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    He was amazing, no doubt.

  9. cosanostra71 - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    He pushed off no doubt. But even if they call it, I still don’t see the Jazz winning in Game 7.

  10. butkusditka - Feb 17, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Best ever….no argument
    Lakers fan

  11. scrock25 - Feb 17, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    LBJ is absolutely better.

  12. hojo20 - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    I got chills many times during this video. That 360 layup on Laimbeer is the best. What’s so great about MJ’s 50th is that there’s been a lot of reminiscing this week about how great MJ was.

  13. bleedburgandyandgold - Feb 17, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Amazing highlight reel I remember watching most of those games when I was a kid brought back a lot of good memories

  14. scrock25 - Feb 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    LBJ is bigger, stronger, faster, and better in every way, shape, and form than whats his name.

    • gor76 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:27 AM

      Look, I like comedy as much as the next guy, but you’re just taking this joke too far.

  15. bowmanj35 - Feb 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    sorry, I’d take LeBron and I’m not a fan of either team, and I was around to watch Jordan. I’d take LeBron and make him guard Jordan, shut him down. ok ok ok slow him down but Jordan or no one else could guard LBJ.

  16. tominma - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM

    Im wondering if NBC Sports will make such a big deal next year when Bill Russell turns 80 years old!
    He didnt have the skills MJ had, but more rings than fingers makes him the best ever.

  17. acdc363 - Feb 18, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    It’s amazing how Heat fans can turn any discussion into one about Lebron.

  18. cantonbound13 - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Craig Ehlo must still have nightmares

  19. jordanismyidol - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Thats the order

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