Basketball had Michael Jordan.
Coming out of North Carolina, Jordan was deemed for success, being drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the third pick of the 1984 NBA Draft.
Jordan was picked behind Portland Trail Blazers' Sam Bowie, who would later be pronounced as one of the biggest busts in NBA history. He is known for "that guy being picked ahead of MJ."
Jordan would finish his career as an easy, first-ballot Hall-of-Famer with 32,292 points, 6,672 rebounds, and 5,633 assists.
Jordan would stop for nothing.
He will never quit.
He will never give up.
If you mess with him, he'll make sure you will suffer on the court. Not only the court, but anywhere. He did it when he gambled and he tried doing it in baseball.
He led the Bulls to a 72-10 record, what can you ask more? He can lead a team by himself. And at 36 years of age, he won his sixth and final championship.
Jordan would then become the Washington Wizards' general manager. With that, the Wizards started to struggle. And it came to him.
He had to make a final comeback.
Jordan was then announced back as an NBA player. He was a 39-year-old, certified baller for Washington. I remember that when Jordan was gone with the injuries and his knee, the Wizards struggled.
A 40-year-old man is that important to such a young team.
Though Jordan never reached Finals, let alone the playoffs, with the Wizards, it marked that he was the best because he can average over 25 points a game even at such an old age.
It's very rare seeing that happen.
It's even more rare seeing a 40-year-old guy drop 50 points on a guy 20 years younger than him.
And it saddens me when people compare LeBron James or Kobe Bryant to him. Those closest those people are to MJ are by twenty miles.
I was reading a great piece by Isaiah Montoya at BleacherReport.com. He wrote about Jordan's career from 32-to-40 years of age. And if he just played his whole career with just 32-to-40, Kobe or LeBron still wouldn't be better than him.
That's how awesome his Airness was.
Jordan is now a golfer, but he still competes. He is also the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, in where he was seen footage of himself owning the players on the team's roster.
So, there you have it.
Even at 47 years of age, Jordan can still ball.
Jordan is just too too good. In his 15-year-career, he had six titles and 32,000 points. I just can't see another player accomplishing that feat. So for those of you basketball dumbass fans that think Kobe is better than MJ, take a look at this between their careers:
Michael Jordan (through 15 seasons): 32,000 points, six titles, 10 scoring titles
Kobe Bryant (through 14 seasons): 25,000 points, five titles, two scoring titles
Along with that, Jordan was a five-time regular-season MVP and a six-time Finals' MVP. Kobe was a one-time regular-season MVP and a two-time Finals' MVP.
I bet you that Jordan could take a squad like Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, etc. to the Finals every year and win. Kobe couldn't even do that.
Some examples are the 2004 NBA Finals and the 2008 NBA Finals. Kobe is 5-2 in the Finals and Jordan is a solid 6-0.
Do I need to add any more to this little debate?
There was also a video leaked on the Internet of Jordan shooting a free throw with his eyes close, giving a warm-welcome to Dikembe Mutombo in his rookie year.
Here's a comment I read from Dale Sagen at BleacherReport.com in a response to Jon Star's article:
If Kobe Bryant stays in the league for 4 more solid years, 2 more average years, wins 2 more championships (at least 1 without Phil), has 2 clutch signature championship moments, 1 more League MVP, remains aggressive on defense, and tops Kareem's points record, then we can begin the debate.
So stop the debate with this. Michael Jordan will forever be the best. He changed sports. He invented a lot of things. He changed the new era of basketball.
But when it all goes down, nobody will ever be better than Michael Jordan on the whole planet.
I could go on and on with this topic.
Michael Jordan: The Greatest Ever.