Richard Jefferson narrates an anecdote when a 40-year-old Michael Jordan destroyed the Nets after suffering a blowout loss the previous match.
Considered to be one of the best players to ever step on the hardwood, Michael Jordan is a basketball god. In his incredible 15-year career, MJ completely transformed the way basketball is played.
His dedication and the craze to win is what set him apart from everybody else. Mike’s impressively stacked resume, with a flawless 6-0 record in the finals lets us know why he is considered to be the GOAT among basketball fans.
There was virtually nothing that His Airness had not achieved on the court. Clinching two three-peats in eight years, having an outstanding 72-10 record, winning 5 MVPs is only a few out of the tremendous list of his achievements. The impact and influence Jordan still has, despite being retired nearly two decades ago is beyond comparable.
We have heard many tales from Michael’s career where he absolutely goes berserk once he takes things “personally”. Time and again, Jordan showed his opponents, why trash-talking him wasn’t a good idea. There was something about Air Jordan and his drive to be the best at any given time.
Michael Jordan dropped 43 points on the New Jersey Nets in his Wizards tenure
Fans often forget about Jordan’s short two-season stint with the Washington Wizards. Despite playing for the Wizards towards the end of his career, MJ still did some incredible things. Former NBA champion Richard Jefferson reveals yet another incredible Jordan anecdote when he took things “personally”.
During Jordan’s last ever season, a rookie Richard Jefferson and his Nets blew out the Washington Wizards. How MJ responded in the next game following the embarrassment, is the most typical Michael Jordan-like thing ever.
“The real reason why Jordan is so amazing to me is because, (with) Jordan coming back, we actually gave Jordan his worst loss ever. He comes to Jersey, we’re up by 40 at half time, their team wasn’t very good, and he was a little tired. So we’re cruising, we’re crushing them.”
“So he doesn’t even play the second half, the game is over, fans are mad… But the next time we play them a couple of weeks later… He made sure to get his rest, he came after us. And what was so ballistic about that game is that this was back when the scores were like 92. So he scored half their points, there was like nothing we could do to stop him.”
Stories like these make it pretty clear to us just how dominant the great Michael Jordan was.