Took them long enough, right? But this wasn’t gonna surprise anybody anyway. He was undoubtedly the greatest of his time.
“In all the videos, you never just saw me. You saw Scottie Pippen. Every championship I’ve won.”
Seeing all the oldies in the crowd just made me start remisnicing the old days. John Stockton and David Robinson, who were inducted at the same time; Charles Barkley, Isiah Thomas, former Chicago Bulls teammates Charles Oakley, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman and of course, Scottie Pippen. I also saw Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony in the videos, who are stars of their two different generations respectively. Funny thing is that Magic Johnson and Larry Bird weren’t there during the induction. These two former players were like his seniors and most challenging opponents.
“You had Jordan-stoppers on your team, you had John Starks who I loved.”
These are the videos of his speech in the induction:-
Actually I still do sympathise Brian Russell a little. He was guarding Jordan when he made the winning shot in ’97 finals. Then he was once again in the background of a poster in the ’98 finals when he was pushed off by MJ before MJ made his famous so-called “last shot” which won him his 6th and last championship before his second but not final retirement. He will forever remain as that player who failed to prevent Jordan his “beautiful” walk-away from the game, which MJ himself screwed it all up by coming back to the NBA at the age of 40. I wonder if he, Brian Russell, has problems sleeping at night still? I wonder if he could look back with a smile taking it as a former glory instead of a humiliation or a massive defeat? I think I could. Cause’ it’s Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player of all time.
This was a little taste of humiliation for MJ:-