MJ 23/50 - Part 1
Sun, 17 Feb 2013|
Comcast SportsNet celebrates Michael Jordan's 50th Birthday and legendary career - 2/17
Now. Hell water one I would stuck -- welcome to a special edition of sports net central. MJ 2350. For the millions who watched Michael Jordan defy gravity a bull's uniform. He'll always be that ageless wonder whose will to win was unmatched in the NBA. But tonight we celebrate Chicago's real life Superman as he celebrates. His fiftieth birthday. Pat Boyle takes a look back it just part -- and -- legacy. He is. The -- ever. And Odyssey that began on February 17 1963. Brooklyn New York the birth place of Michael Jeffrey Jordan. As a child his family's who relocated down south to North Carolina. He emerged as a kid who was once cut from his high school team to becoming a national championship of North Carolina basketball. And -- draft day 1984. The student athlete was ready for basketball's. Biggest stage. Lee Chicago Bulls. Big Michael Jordan. And. I. He changed a whole image or oneself and things you. Chicago or on the road now you've mentioned Chicago is so good. Realistically Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan was the catalyst. -- six NBA championships in the 1990s. And their greatest -- his game. -- That we could destroy your beautiful. I was in the zone that guy devoured. Anything. On the basketball court. Love practice. One -- every drill. Who won every game point every scrimmage -- pat pat could pitch. Failure was not an option for him. Moves. So. Great to watch play basketball -- who looked good basketball pin so it. And of course the rest of the world cause harm to us loose towards us ball players are usually the best of the game. Maybe now he's fifty years old he can sit back and say you know what. Not only did I played pretty well I'm not have been the greatest player that's ever played during that time never thought that he was always trying to prove something to somebody. With Michael Jordan there are at least recollections of his impact. Moments forever frozen in time. Some of the moments have a name for -- 89 there was the shots and Michael had a -- has taught me. The -- game and the many moments that. No words could describe. Michael just said all these. Things that we're not seen before or did you just move the basketball from home. -- opinions say it to the next level to the next pen left for the first time I saw was when it was a new assistant in the week. It came to play in Chicago and I don't think I noticed anything on the court so Michael. Josephson. -- who's watching. We look back and say you know this is something we'll never experience again nobody will ever experience again. We got to see the greatest athlete of all time probably certainly greatest basketball player. Grow up right in front of us there were Detroit's that bullets and LA's magic New York's you week. During the ninety's Jordan's Bulls defeated them all three straight NBA titles by 1993. And a two time gold -- us as part of team USA's 8014. And the dreams seem a 1992. He came here to close to my with. You've really got to know. You know. -- healthy give and. In October of 93 just months after securing the -- third title. And the murder of his father -- in July number 23 told the world and all of his career goals had been match. And there was nothing left to accomplish. When I lose. See some motivation. Since she proved something and the rest of the. Yeah. Jordan's 1990 forced sabbatical with the White Sox farm system wasn't ever -- time honored his late father's questions. But it was clear that a -- in baseball would not announce the winning formula he created on the court. Then came march 18 1995. A day of celebration for Bulls fans summed up with a state may -- the only two words. I'm back. I guess I have some tears -- of -- that. When you know I have seen. Tears of sadness that we came back it was tears of joy of having him back in the news this leadership post presence were there. Q and excitement or. At this stage is set for in return and knows him. Finished that -- Michael everything is great drama and kind of ends and happy ending. Within days return came. 72 in ten regular season in 9596. By 1998. There was another three -- for the city Chicago. The final shot that brought the curtain down as leader of the bolts. I know. What happens. We'll talk a little while ago you didn't fit in Chicago. I mean -- storybook. Everybody wants to go out like that but not many of us do but. To be able will be played as well as he played for all those years and go out on that last shot at that championship is simply -- stay in my mind. After a second retirement spanning three years Jordan felt there was still something left in the tank and set up for one more mission. As a member of the Washington Wizards in two seasons there would be no championship trophies to voice. But there was closure with that farewell tour. And then the end when Michael Jordan the player. Took his final back. Hope we can finish on top -- wish you could move. There is you know in the Chicago Bulls uniform -- but it doesn't always work out that way and it didn't work out that way. It was good to see you know he's got the game -- I think the most part people forgot about this two years it was sort of like they'll let him have his fun. Let him about the -- But in our memories of him is that less shot you talk. In 2009. -- the ultimate -- As a basketball hall of fame inductees. Into purchasing the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. Jordan became a team owner and it's Michael Jordan celebrate fifty years of life. The images of his work will always be vintage and time. Plus I think that's we all in the really suspect you know really realized that. It was so great to be alive and covering basketball during my. Jordan's time we were always good. To me. The best players you played -- the game. One day you might look up. Can see me play the game at fifty. -- the last. There. Never say never. Because limits like fears. -- -- just an illusion thank you very much. Strengths bat and -- did it all his career. An NCAA title rookie of the year to gold medals and six NBA championships. But it doesn't end there at five regular season NBC's. Sixth finals most valuable players and ten scoring titles. The most in NBA history. The date was October 6 1993. That's when Michael Jordan retired from basketball. For the first time and -- was ready to try his hand at baseball a very personal challenge for him. Around the world it was considered one of the wildest career moves of all time Chris -- has more. 26 foot six stature not to mention he's -- -- that iconic status Michael Jordan. Really stood out on the roster of the Birmingham -- the double -- affiliate of the White Sox. In the spring of 1994. In honor of his late father James he treated -- -- basketball life. The hard knock life of Minor League Baseball. You have never been frequently here. Character something very you have to deal with it. Reality is it's not always going to be successful Murphy from strong benefit from the first -- fifth straight. But I America not the not for an hour are you. He ought to stand on the box put out to try to get him ready for. Spring training which was 45 months down the line. You know club making a baseball just before basketball and then this guy was there every morning at 9930. Where they didn't miss until the weekend what a wonderful I'm -- they'll play golf he was there I mean he really he really wanted. But to learn how to -- play baseball. It was with circus like stand there that Chicago and the -- a good look at and sites are magnified in the gates of Wrigley Field open for an exhibition between the Sox and Cubs. Sixth -- Jordan jump started the trailing Southside. -- comes through to us but he's still on my. Everybody's on the walk and I hear so hunger for all of a -- on the front -- and right on the little. I have a whole lot of movement and so luckily I was right -- -- The following inning with a familiar pressure of the game on the line it was you type short shots eight. RBI double spring training matchup -- you know -- time and I. But for Jordan the cruelest reality wasn't the minor league bus -- But the ongoing struggle to raise his game -- -- that the baseball experiment was over about a year later. March 18 1995. The day he returned to the Bulls. Three more NBA championship followed. Those memories of -- living out his baseball then as he still -- Michael directly to double as well you know 200 stolen two bases. And everybody kept that a -- I'm convinced he would have made it back to the major leagues. Our special and -- 4350 continues on Comcast sports net. Jordan was the superstar on the court. And -- we look back at Michael's impact on the marketing world which started in his rookie year and continues today almost thirty years later. And it's it's there and it's turned fifty we look back is great scoring performances. Of fifty points or more.