Growing up in a basketball country like in the Philippines there are no other player we dreamed of becoming… we stick our tongue out while driving to the basket… then imitating his signature shoe logo dunk in a cardboard size ring using a paper for a ball. There can be only one Michael Jordan… the player who made basketball a global sport. Back then I only knew one superstar player Michael Jordan and I only idolized one team the Chicago Bulls…we would walk for hours just to get a hold of his games in VHS tapes then after watching I’d readily dribble my ball all the way to our backyard. During summer leagues anyone who wears a jersey no.23 means he is the best player on the team but also a marked player.
I never dared for once to wear that no. It was such a sacred no. For me that should be worn only by legends such as my idol.
September 2009, Michael Jordan was inducted to the Hall of fame after a career of ups and downs and 6 NBA championships I do believed he should have been enshrined with no co inductees. No disrespect to David Robinson, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and the others but I guess Michael has brought the game of basketball into a certain level that it revolutionized the many superstars of today. You ask any basketball player around about whom they idolized while growing up and I guess you pretty know what I mean.
Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and Dwayne Wade all have potential to become the heir of Jordan’s greatness but sorry to say there can only be one Michael Jordan. During his retirement speech he said “I can leave the game of basketball because I know it’s in good hands” and Kobe, MJ and Wade are just merely taking up Jordan’s legacy.
Basketball is now in a global scale with even Europe teams beating the crap out of the USA team years ago. Everyone wants to be like Mike… even in a third world country like ours.