Posted November 14, 2013

Michael Jordan reveals most memorable dunk (sorry, Patrick Ewing)

Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing
Patrick Ewing and Michael Jordan

Patrick Ewing (left) was one of many dunk victims for Michael Jordan. (Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan says his most memorable dunk was his baseline throwdown over Patrick Ewing during the 1991 Eastern Conference playoffs.

“I told him, Georgetown guys don’t block shots, all they do is take charges,” Jordan said. “I dunked it so hard on him it’s unbelievable. Every time I see him, that’s the first thing I remind him of.”

Pretty solid pick from Jordan:

Jordan also mentioned his 1997 dunk over noted shot-blocker and finger-wagger Dikembe Mutombo — a slam that was a long time in the making:

Jordan dished on several other topics in a promotional video for NBA 2K14:

On the four players he’d select to win pickup games with him: “Scottie Pippen, for sure. Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Hakeem Olajuwon. I got no chance of losing. None at all.”

On his favorite Air Jordan sneakers: “That’s hard. It’s like saying, Which one of your kids do you like the most? XIs are my favorite. IIIs are my next favorite. Probably XII or XIII comes in third.

GALLERY: Air Jordans through the years

“I always wore a brand new pair of shoes of every game. The reason I chose to do that is because if you ever put those shoes on for the first time [as a kid], it’s like you feel energetic, you feel like you have something you can actually showcase. Well, I wanted that feeling every game.”

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On the significance of No. 23: “In high school, when I played with my brother, my favorite number was 45, and his favorite number was 45. But we were on the same team. He had seniority. He had the option to wear 45, so I just figured 23 was half of 45 — 22½. So I grabbed 23, and 23 has stuck with me the whole time.

“I went back to 45 [in the NBA in 1995]. I was just coming back from my retirement, my father had just passed. I had never worn any other number other than 23 in front of him in the NBA. I felt like I wanted to start off fresh. So I went back to 45, and for whatever reason that didn’t click in terms of luck or just the way I felt.” Jordan switched back to No. 23 for good during a 1995 playoff series against the Magic — a swap that drew fines from the league.

On wearing No. 12 for one game in 1990 after his game jersey was stolen from the locker room in Orlando: “Everyone was trying to go into the stands to try to find my replica jersey that everyone was wearing. None of them fit, obviously. So I ended up wearing No. 12 for that particular game. I actually played pretty good that game, if I remember correctly.” Jordan scored 49 points in a 135-129 overtime loss to the Magic.

Watch the video from 2K here:

42 comments
SkeeterSkier
SkeeterSkier

It's 2013, and Michael Jordan now wears women's earrings.

carjax1202
carjax1202

This by far is the best dunk MJ threw down....sorry Ewing, but you will always be MJ's bee otch. 

const56
const56

Of course, MJ had an offensive foul on Ewing with his free hand pushing down on his chest. But he's Jordan so that never gets called.

lynch.robbie
lynch.robbie

you haters stink.  it just totally shows how little most people know about sports and about the relationships and respect you develop with your peers.

We are not his peers, we are just folks who watch and admire the game and obviously many get too much insight and do not have the ability or experience to place the proper context on most comments.

Sportsblabber
Sportsblabber

"Hey Pat!  Remember that time 22 years ago when I dunked on you?  That was awesome!!"

inthepresent
inthepresent

"Every time I see him, that’s the first thing I remind him of.”


^ is why so many people find him to be the greatest basketball player of all time. and one its greatest jerks. 

and his induction speech as exhibit 2. 

well done, michael. keep your legacy strong. 

6marK6
6marK6

If you are keeping count, this is the fourth day in a row that CNNSI has featured Michael Jordan in a story. The guy retired decades ago, why are we bombarded every day with this worship? Come on Nike...erhhhh....I mean CNNSI.

Beth3
Beth3

I LOVED MJ and cheered for him throughout his career. He was graceful and inventive on the court, but he's graceless and dull off of it.

Shhh, Michael.

tracejuno
tracejuno

MJ wearing brand new shoes every game? Yeah, right... Anybody who believes this never set foot on a basketball court.

cord u
cord u

yawn.

How old are you, Jordan? This is the type of stuff grade school kids talk about.

You'd think by now Jordan would have enough class to not indulge in all his "favorite" this and that or to put down former opponents. He's no better than the meathead ex-jock who hasn't left town and who can't stop talking about his high school glory days while at the local car shop.

Pathetic.

TeeHolmes
TeeHolmes

A shame Pat Ewing is best remembered for getting boss banged on by Jordan.

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

And that is my favorite one also. Not just the dunk, but he juked Starks and Oakley out of their shoes before he dunked on Ewing.

NoThanksESPNFacebook
NoThanksESPNFacebook

I have the Sam Vincent Hoops card that shows Jordan with the #12 Jersey. Not worth anything but a cool piece of basketball trivia to have.

jimmyjon_55555
jimmyjon_55555

jesus.  poor ewing is right.  jordan still taunts him to this day.  (ewing is an asst coach on the bobcats- jordan is his boss)  

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

@const56 That's why he led the league in scoring 10  years straight & won 6 titles. ALWAYS getting the calls. You're so right. You figured out Jordan. Congrats 

Truthman12
Truthman12

@const56 agreed.  jordan got away with alot of offensive fouls and walks during his career.  He was a bit of whiner on the court....and looked weird with his tongue hanging out all of the time..weird

carjax1202
carjax1202

@const56 You're an idiot...and the guy who liked your comment is also an idiot.

Sami
Sami

@const56 For someone to read this article, then sign in, and after that somehow find an offensive foul on this play of all plays… the hate is strong with this one. 

Never mind faking two guys out of their shoes, never mind challenging one of the top shot blockers of all time under the rim, but yeah.. lets call it an offensive foul for your pleasure so your day gets a bit better. Talking nonsense is no way to go through life. Bitterness isn't a good look either.

Nobody in their right mind could find an offensive foul on that play and not a single referee in the world would make that call, no matter who the player was. But hey, maybe you are some sort of a misunderstood genious, a combination of Pat Riley, Red Auerbach and Phil Jackson. Somehow I doubt that though.

Beth3
Beth3

@lynch.robbie Robbie, I'm no hater. I'm a longtime fan. This doesn't mean that I am duty bound to give Mr. Jordan a thumbs up on his perpetual bragging. Bragging is beneath him. He's the greatest. Unfortunately, when he brags, he's merely grating.

Sami
Sami

@inthepresent You know what his legacy is? The greatest basketball player of all time. Not "The nicest person in the world". Zero 3 game losing streaks between 1990-1998 when he was in uniform. Do you understand how insane that statistic is? His competitiveness has to be something complete insane to play on such a consistent level. Probably not something that a "nice" person could accomplish.

riley8
riley8

@6marK6 Decades ago?  Do you know how many years are in 1 decade?  Nevermind.  Trying logic with idiots is pointless.

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@6marK6 I humbly suggest you try reading another sports web site like ESPN. Oh wait, he's on there also. When you're the GOAT, things like this happen. Deal with it and quit whining like a little boy.

6marK6
6marK6

@Beth3 He is the biggest A-Hole in the world off of it.

DBLETAP
DBLETAP

@tracejuno Yeah, new shoes every game, my man.  That's been known for some time now. 

RobMonteleone
RobMonteleone

@cord u 

Did he call a press conference like LePunk? or did he merely answer questions that were asked of him?

Retirement IS the appropriate time to wax poetic about past glories.  

I'm sure you'll have plenty of interesting things to talk about in your retirement...


fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@TeeHolmes That play is just a microcosm of Ewing being an excellent center and having the unfortunate luck of having to get through the Bulls teams in the early 90's. I think there was a good chance he would have at least one ring if the 91-93 Knicks teams had been able to make it to the finals. Those teams were championship caliber.

Truthman12
Truthman12

@Sami @const56 wow, the hate is strong with Sami and carjax1202.  Lame how some people get so upset over everything.  It's just a comment on Michael Jordan...a guy who could put a ball through an elevated circle very well.  It doesn't matter, Jordan will be forgotten....he never did anything important in his life.

inthepresent
inthepresent

@Sami @inthepresent 

you're absolutely correct. indeed, it is. i remember it well. 

but that doesn't negate his nastiness, and he should be consistently called out for it. every time. however impotent the protest may seem.

he was something of an anal aperture during his playing days. and now that he doesn't have the great play to take the spotlight off of it, it shines through even more clearly.      

6marK6
6marK6

@RobMonteleone @cord u Every day there is a story about how this sacred cow used to be a great basketball player, it is pathetic. You don't see Magic Johnson having to resort to that, he moved on and became successful off the court. If Jordan did not have Nike money pouring in he would be homeless. 

inthepresent
inthepresent

@GeraldRosenstingel1 

the comment in this article, his induction speech, his constant one-upping everyone - despite having the left the league years ago. 

he was the best player ever. no mistaking that. he was also a jerk. no mistaking that either. 

if calling him out (a sentiment echoed by countless other) is called being a hater, i'm guilty as charged. 

have a great day. 

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

And you're a fool for not knowing the difference between responding to someone who made several comments WHINING about the Jordan coverage versus telling said person to simply stop whining. Class dismissed. 

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@Truthman12 @fabio.fantone @6marK6 There is definitely a solid argument for Wilt and I won't deny your claim of him being the GOAT. I'll take Jordan over him for two reasons: more championships, and better overall competition. Having said that, Wilt has one of the most badass stats of all time: He led the league in assist in the '67-'68 season with 702. As a 7'1" center. THAT is absolutely amazing.