Michael Jordan Faces His Toughest Opponent Yet—NBA Ownership

March 8th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan stood at the Symphony Hall podium and delivered one of the cruelest, pettiest enshrinement speeches in sports history, using an imaginary Taser to electrocute anyone who had doubted his greatness.

His victims ranged from his revered former college coach Dean Smith, to an old high school teammate, to Bryon Russell.

He did not have to feign sincerity. He welled up as images from his remarkable career flashed on a screen behind him. Among those hallmark moments: the shot he hit over Russell at the Delta Center to clinch his sixth and final championship.

Jordan berated the former Jazz guard-forward for suggesting he could stop the league's premiere star.

"At this time, I had no thoughts of coming back and playing the game of basketball," Jordan said in his speech. "Bryon Russell came over to me and said, 'Why did you quit? You know I could guard you.' ... From this day forward, if I ever see [Russell] in shorts, I'm coming at him."

His Airness ruled the hardwood even after his baseball detour. Birmingham residents who had never watched or cared about a Minor League game flocked to see the Chicago White Sox's far ...

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