Ed hit me up with a comment on my Chris Jackson/MAR post from awhile back. He mentioned that there was some video on YouTube. Thank goodness. I had to check it out for myself. In this first video, which I believe must have been from 1996, MAR goes off on the Bulls and the Nuggets break their 18-game winning streak. Some juveniles over at YouTube were under the impression that Michael Jordan could have enjoyed some success guarding MAR…not a chance. The NBA and David Stern should say a prayer every night thanking their white supremacist stars that a conscious Black man with that level of skill was slowed by Tourette’s Syndrome. For the league, there was no question that MAR posed a challenge to the Empire and his steadfast refusal to bow down was an occasion for relocation. If his level of performance forced a reckoning of the questions raised by his actions, it would be a different day in the league right now. The disease did what no man could do. Jordan was helpless. The same would have been true of Joe Dumars and all of the other elite defenders the league could summon. That’s another post for another time.
As you can see in the video, Jordan starts out on MAR. I can’t tell if that was the result of switching during the game. That Nugget team, if I remember correctly, still had Todd Lichti (man, he could ball before the injury), Bryant Stith, LaPhonso Ellis, Dikembe [Fill in Five Names Here] Mutombo, and some other nice complementary players. Jordan couldn’t keep up. It was worse with Steve Kerr. Ron Harper even had a taste.
Today’s point guards would have to head for the hills if they saw this guy coming. In the gym range, super quicks, deft passing and an air tight handle spell D-O-O-M.
Quick Release 101
Baton Rouge 1 – check out the rip off the dribble at 1:18!
Baton Rouge 2 – The Repertoire
Floating one hander in traffic at :31
Reverse spin dribble pull up at :37
I can’t tell you what happens at :45
Jab step from HELL at 1:02
Alley at 1:15