Top 4 Moments in Michael Jordan’s Career
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. He spent 13 seasons playing for the Chicago Bulls and 2 seasons playing for the Washington Wizards. Jordan’s career was filled with buzzer beaters, dunks, and clutch moments that no one will ever forget. Here are four of his best moments!
Coming in at number one is Michael Jordan’s final shot against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. With the Bulls trailing by three and under a minute to go in the game, everyone knew Jordan would find away to pull out the victory. He stole the ball from All-Star Karl Malone and dribbled down the court to nail a jumper with five seconds left to give them the win. That shot gave the Bulls their second 3 peat in eight years.
Michael Jordan defeated Atlanta Hawks star, Dominique Wilkins in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest, which proved to be the best dunk contest in NBA history. You had two of the best players in the game competing against one another in front of sellout crowd. The Slam Dunk Contest was held in Chicago, so you knew Jordan was given an extra boost with all of support from his fans. In the final round, Wilkins’ dunk scored a 45 by the judges. Many thought Jordan was out of tricks, but the NBA legend had one more up his sleeve. He took off from the free-throw line and slammed it home, getting a perfect score from all the judges! This was Jordan’s second consecutive Slam Dunk title.
In 1989, Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls took on a talented Cleveland Cavaliers team in the first round of the NBA playoffs. After the Bulls were not able to close the series out at home in game 4 the series shifted back to Cleveland for a decisive game 5. With Chicago trailing by 1 and 3 seconds remaining in the game Jordan dribbled toward the basket, jumped into the air and then nailed a buzzer beater to win the series.
All of Jordan’s NBA titles were special, but his fourth championship held a special place in his heart. The year before he won his fourth title his father was killed by a gunshot wound to his chest. After dealing with this devastating tragedy, Jordan decided to retire from the NBA and join the Chicago White Sox organization. He decided to do this because his father loved baseball and always hoped Jordan would play professionally. He played in the White Sox minor league organization for a little over a year before returning back to the NBA. In his first season back, he helped lead the Chicago Bulls to an NBA record 72 win season and on Father’s Day he added another NBA title to his legendary resume.