Michael Jordan-Will there ever be anyone as lengendary as he was?

I finally got around to completing the Michael Jordan Challenges on NBA 2k11.
I don't follow NBA too closely, as I don't get a chance to really watch it on TV, but I knew he was a legend; my gosh... he really couldn't be stopped back in those days, could he?
 
I had no idea he was that godly in basketball back then.  Just seeing the numbers he put up on those games.. not just in points, but in other things too... rebounds, steals, assists, percentages.. holy cow!  Playing those challenges really gave me better appreciation for what Mike brought to the game.  Gave me goosebumps the first few times I played those historical moments. 
 
For those who don't have any idea about his legendary stats, here's a look at a snippet, thanks to the NBA 2K11 Michael Jordan Challenges:
 

The Arrival

When and Where: April 20, 1986. Game 2, 1st round playoffs vs. Celtics, at Boston Garden.

Goal 1:

Score 63 points or more

Goal 2:

Shoot 50 percent or better from the field
Skinny: Although the Bulls lost this game against one of the greatest Boston teams ever, you wouldn't tell it by the way Jordan's showstopping 63-point performance is remembered. After the game, Larry Bird said the Celtics were playing "God disguised as Michael Jordan."

69 Points

When and Where: March 28, 1990. Regular season game vs. Cavaliers, Richfield Coliseum

Goal 1:

Score 69 points or more.

Goal 2:

Shoot 50 percent or better from the field

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: Jordan averaged 44 points versus Cleveland in the 1989-1990 season, scored 54 points against them in the season opener, and had buried the Cavs' playoff dreams a year before. Yet Jordan himself considers this staggering 69-point performance his best ever. Teammate Stacey King would say later: "I'll always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points."

Shootout

When and Where: Any date in 1990, a regular season game vs. Hawks

Goal 1:

Outscore Dominique Wilkins

Goal 2:

Hold Dominique under 25 Points

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: There is actually no game played between Chicago and Atlanta in 1990 that matches these conditions.  But 2K Sports clearly wanted to put in a showdown between the league's pre-eminent scoring superstars, at the height of their rivalry.

Bad Boys

When and Where: May 26, 1990. Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons, Chicago Stadium

Goal 1:

Score 47 points or more

Goal 2:

Win the game
Skinny: This game serves as the basis for The Jordan Rules in NBA 2K11. The year before, Chicago had taken a surprising 2-1 lead in the 1989 Eastern Conference finals against the hated Detroit Pistons, who then rolled out the bruising "Jordan Rules" strategy that targeted the superstar and dared the Bulls to beat them with the supporting cast. When these two hooked up in the 1990 Eastern Conference finals, Detroit deployed the same aggressive tactics en route to a 2-0 lead, before getting torched for 47 in Game Three. Detroit still would win this series, and repeat as NBA champions by sweeping the Lakers.

1991 NBA Finals

When and Where: June 2 thru June 12, 1991 vs. Lakers, Chicago Stadium and the Great Western Forum

Goal 1:

Average 31.0 points or more for the series

Goal 2:

Shoot 55 percent or better from the field

Goal 3:

Win the series
Skinny: Magic vs. Michael made the 1991 Finals appointment television for five games, especially after the Lakers stole Game One in Chicago. The highlight will undoubtedly be Jordan's unbelievable switched-hands layup in Game Two - his 13th consecutive field goal of the night - and Scott Williams raising his arms triumphantly despite loafing up the court on the break and not being involved in the play at all.

The Shrug

When and Where: June 3, 1992. Game 1, 1st round playoffs vs. Blazers, Chicago Stadium

Goal 1:

Score 35 points or more in the first half

Goal 2:

Make 6 or more three-pointers in the first half

Goal 3:

Hold Clyde Drexler to fewer than 20 points for the game.

Goal 4:

Win the Game
Skinny: After hitting his sixth three-pointer in a scorching 35-point first-half performance, Jordan shrugged to NBC's Marv Albert at the scoring table, as if to say he didn't know how he does it either. The Bulls annihilated Portland 122-89 to open the series, but had to tough out a six-game win to repeat as champions.

Double Nickel

When and Where: March 18, 1995. Regular season game vs. Knicks, Madison Square Garden

Goal 1:

Score 55 points or more.

Goal 2:

Shoot 55 percent or better from the field.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: After his father was murdered following the Bulls' first three-peat in 1993, a numbed Jordan retired, citing a desire no longer to play basketball, and to pursue a childhood dream of playing professional baseball. The one year experiment didn't work, and in 1995, Jordan returned to a listless Bulls team with a two-word announcement. "I'm back." Six games into his return, wearing No. 45, his baseball uniform number, Jordan cemented his reputation for delivering big-game performances almost at will, with a jaw-dropping 55-point night in the most famous arena in the world.

Father's Day Victory

When and Where: June 16, 1996. Game 6, 1996 Finals vs. Sonics, United Center

Goal 1:

Score 22 points or more.

Goal 2:

Grab nine rebounds or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: In the first full season of his return, Chicago unloaded an NBA record 72 victory season and demolished the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, losing just one game before meeting Seattle in the Finals. The Bulls took a 3-0 lead on the Sonics before letting them back in with two wins, and the images of Jordan's clinching performance - he shot just 26 percent for the game - are not compelling. But winning a fourth NBA title, clutching the basketball at midcourt, and weeping on the floor of the locker room on Father's Day, is.

The Flu Game

When and Where: June 11, 1997. Game 5, 1997 Finals vs. Jazz. Delta Center.

Goal 1:

Score 38 points or more.

Goal 2:

Grab 7 rebounds or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: Arguably the greatest individual performance under duress in the history of championship sports. Sick with the flu, the Bulls playing in a hostile Delta Center and facing a 3-2 series deficit, Jordan summoned a 38-point effort and the game-winning three point basket, making the most emphatic demonstration of his famous will to win. "No matter how sick I was, how tired I was, I felt the obligation to my team and the city of Chicago to go out, and give that extra effort," he said. Chicago won its fifth NBA title in the next game.

Michael's Last Dance

When and Where: June 14, 1998. Game 6, 1998 Finals vs. Jazz. Delta Center.

Goal 1:

Score 45 points or more.

Goal 2:

Get 4 steals or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game.
Skinny: If only it ended here. Jordan's game winning shot for the 87-86 win, and sixth NBA championship, was a storybook finale too good to be true. And it was. Instead of being the last shot he'd ever take, Jordan would return from retirement again three years later, for two forgettable seasons with the Washington Wizards. But his game-winning shot for a sixth NBA title, set up by a steal from Karl Malone with the Jazz up by one, is the only way to end this series of indelible moments.



My favourite was his first NBA finals... he silenced all the nay-sayers :)... with style!  The Flu game too was pretty awesome.. we've all had the flu before and we know how crappy we feel... Sometimes we feel like we can't even get out of bed.  He, on the other hand, was able to rise up and take charge.
 
My question to you guys is:  Is/Will there ever be anyone as legendary as MJ was?  Should I even hope for someone to step up and take the mantle?
 
There are a few players that seem like they may be the next Mike, or at least close to what he became, but who knows?  I'm talking about Kobe, LeBron, D.Rose, D.Wade... (I personally like D.Wade)
 
Damnit, I just wish Canada had a better NBA coverage.  Playing those challenges really made me go, "Ugh, I missed it all!  I missed him become a legend! :( "
 
I wonder if there are any tapes/video of those historical games.. I would really love to watch those games again (or for the first time, as the case may be).
 
PS:  Jordan probably couldn't be Jordan if it weren't for the support he had from his team, especially from Scottie Pippen (My favourite Bulls player besides MJ.).  Sometimes I feel bad for him because he had to play out under Jordan's shadow, but that's ok because Pippen was awesome in his own right.
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Posted by JCTango

I finally got around to completing the Michael Jordan Challenges on NBA 2k11.
I don't follow NBA too closely, as I don't get a chance to really watch it on TV, but I knew he was a legend; my gosh... he really couldn't be stopped back in those days, could he?
 
I had no idea he was that godly in basketball back then.  Just seeing the numbers he put up on those games.. not just in points, but in other things too... rebounds, steals, assists, percentages.. holy cow!  Playing those challenges really gave me better appreciation for what Mike brought to the game.  Gave me goosebumps the first few times I played those historical moments. 
 
For those who don't have any idea about his legendary stats, here's a look at a snippet, thanks to the NBA 2K11 Michael Jordan Challenges:
 

The Arrival

When and Where: April 20, 1986. Game 2, 1st round playoffs vs. Celtics, at Boston Garden.

Goal 1:

Score 63 points or more

Goal 2:

Shoot 50 percent or better from the field
Skinny: Although the Bulls lost this game against one of the greatest Boston teams ever, you wouldn't tell it by the way Jordan's showstopping 63-point performance is remembered. After the game, Larry Bird said the Celtics were playing "God disguised as Michael Jordan."

69 Points

When and Where: March 28, 1990. Regular season game vs. Cavaliers, Richfield Coliseum

Goal 1:

Score 69 points or more.

Goal 2:

Shoot 50 percent or better from the field

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: Jordan averaged 44 points versus Cleveland in the 1989-1990 season, scored 54 points against them in the season opener, and had buried the Cavs' playoff dreams a year before. Yet Jordan himself considers this staggering 69-point performance his best ever. Teammate Stacey King would say later: "I'll always remember this as the night Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points."

Shootout

When and Where: Any date in 1990, a regular season game vs. Hawks

Goal 1:

Outscore Dominique Wilkins

Goal 2:

Hold Dominique under 25 Points

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: There is actually no game played between Chicago and Atlanta in 1990 that matches these conditions.  But 2K Sports clearly wanted to put in a showdown between the league's pre-eminent scoring superstars, at the height of their rivalry.

Bad Boys

When and Where: May 26, 1990. Game 3, Eastern Conference Finals vs. Pistons, Chicago Stadium

Goal 1:

Score 47 points or more

Goal 2:

Win the game
Skinny: This game serves as the basis for The Jordan Rules in NBA 2K11. The year before, Chicago had taken a surprising 2-1 lead in the 1989 Eastern Conference finals against the hated Detroit Pistons, who then rolled out the bruising "Jordan Rules" strategy that targeted the superstar and dared the Bulls to beat them with the supporting cast. When these two hooked up in the 1990 Eastern Conference finals, Detroit deployed the same aggressive tactics en route to a 2-0 lead, before getting torched for 47 in Game Three. Detroit still would win this series, and repeat as NBA champions by sweeping the Lakers.

1991 NBA Finals

When and Where: June 2 thru June 12, 1991 vs. Lakers, Chicago Stadium and the Great Western Forum

Goal 1:

Average 31.0 points or more for the series

Goal 2:

Shoot 55 percent or better from the field

Goal 3:

Win the series
Skinny: Magic vs. Michael made the 1991 Finals appointment television for five games, especially after the Lakers stole Game One in Chicago. The highlight will undoubtedly be Jordan's unbelievable switched-hands layup in Game Two - his 13th consecutive field goal of the night - and Scott Williams raising his arms triumphantly despite loafing up the court on the break and not being involved in the play at all.

The Shrug

When and Where: June 3, 1992. Game 1, 1st round playoffs vs. Blazers, Chicago Stadium

Goal 1:

Score 35 points or more in the first half

Goal 2:

Make 6 or more three-pointers in the first half

Goal 3:

Hold Clyde Drexler to fewer than 20 points for the game.

Goal 4:

Win the Game
Skinny: After hitting his sixth three-pointer in a scorching 35-point first-half performance, Jordan shrugged to NBC's Marv Albert at the scoring table, as if to say he didn't know how he does it either. The Bulls annihilated Portland 122-89 to open the series, but had to tough out a six-game win to repeat as champions.

Double Nickel

When and Where: March 18, 1995. Regular season game vs. Knicks, Madison Square Garden

Goal 1:

Score 55 points or more.

Goal 2:

Shoot 55 percent or better from the field.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: After his father was murdered following the Bulls' first three-peat in 1993, a numbed Jordan retired, citing a desire no longer to play basketball, and to pursue a childhood dream of playing professional baseball. The one year experiment didn't work, and in 1995, Jordan returned to a listless Bulls team with a two-word announcement. "I'm back." Six games into his return, wearing No. 45, his baseball uniform number, Jordan cemented his reputation for delivering big-game performances almost at will, with a jaw-dropping 55-point night in the most famous arena in the world.

Father's Day Victory

When and Where: June 16, 1996. Game 6, 1996 Finals vs. Sonics, United Center

Goal 1:

Score 22 points or more.

Goal 2:

Grab nine rebounds or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: In the first full season of his return, Chicago unloaded an NBA record 72 victory season and demolished the Eastern Conference in the playoffs, losing just one game before meeting Seattle in the Finals. The Bulls took a 3-0 lead on the Sonics before letting them back in with two wins, and the images of Jordan's clinching performance - he shot just 26 percent for the game - are not compelling. But winning a fourth NBA title, clutching the basketball at midcourt, and weeping on the floor of the locker room on Father's Day, is.

The Flu Game

When and Where: June 11, 1997. Game 5, 1997 Finals vs. Jazz. Delta Center.

Goal 1:

Score 38 points or more.

Goal 2:

Grab 7 rebounds or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game
Skinny: Arguably the greatest individual performance under duress in the history of championship sports. Sick with the flu, the Bulls playing in a hostile Delta Center and facing a 3-2 series deficit, Jordan summoned a 38-point effort and the game-winning three point basket, making the most emphatic demonstration of his famous will to win. "No matter how sick I was, how tired I was, I felt the obligation to my team and the city of Chicago to go out, and give that extra effort," he said. Chicago won its fifth NBA title in the next game.

Michael's Last Dance

When and Where: June 14, 1998. Game 6, 1998 Finals vs. Jazz. Delta Center.

Goal 1:

Score 45 points or more.

Goal 2:

Get 4 steals or more.

Goal 3:

Win the game.
Skinny: If only it ended here. Jordan's game winning shot for the 87-86 win, and sixth NBA championship, was a storybook finale too good to be true. And it was. Instead of being the last shot he'd ever take, Jordan would return from retirement again three years later, for two forgettable seasons with the Washington Wizards. But his game-winning shot for a sixth NBA title, set up by a steal from Karl Malone with the Jazz up by one, is the only way to end this series of indelible moments.



My favourite was his first NBA finals... he silenced all the nay-sayers :)... with style!  The Flu game too was pretty awesome.. we've all had the flu before and we know how crappy we feel... Sometimes we feel like we can't even get out of bed.  He, on the other hand, was able to rise up and take charge.
 
My question to you guys is:  Is/Will there ever be anyone as legendary as MJ was?  Should I even hope for someone to step up and take the mantle?
 
There are a few players that seem like they may be the next Mike, or at least close to what he became, but who knows?  I'm talking about Kobe, LeBron, D.Rose, D.Wade... (I personally like D.Wade)
 
Damnit, I just wish Canada had a better NBA coverage.  Playing those challenges really made me go, "Ugh, I missed it all!  I missed him become a legend! :( "
 
I wonder if there are any tapes/video of those historical games.. I would really love to watch those games again (or for the first time, as the case may be).
 
PS:  Jordan probably couldn't be Jordan if it weren't for the support he had from his team, especially from Scottie Pippen (My favourite Bulls player besides MJ.).  Sometimes I feel bad for him because he had to play out under Jordan's shadow, but that's ok because Pippen was awesome in his own right.
Posted by HitmanAgent47

No, maybe kobe bryant, but that's about it. Maybe him and lebrons james combined.

Posted by DaveBeFree

No.  Never.  As a life time Chicagoan no one will ever come close to Michael Jeffrey.

Posted by Gonmog

His stardom is above what he was no. Dont get me wrong he was great and very fun to watch play. But he is so much more then the sum of his parts now. hes more then that. Everyone, not just Baseball fans, knows the name Babe Ruth, even though he is not the greatest hitter now and days, we still know his name after many years. The same, i think will be of Michael Jordan. Years down the road, there will be better players, but everyone will know the name Michael Jordan, not just Basket Ball fans. At lest this how i think it will be. And nothing wrong with that. That guy had some great skill that ever great from then till when ever is so maybe cause they tried to mimic him a little.