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When MJ got drafted by the Bulls being from Chicago I didn't know what to expect after Portland took Sam Bowie with the second pick . So when Jordan came to Chicago he was low keyed and kind of shy but considered a good guy I saw him out on the city before he became a Chicago Icon . Everybody knows the story about how the Bulls were averaging 6,000 fans a game before MJ came and sold the stadium out every night , like Blake Griffin . Michael won the slam dunk contest his rookie year and became an allstar and rookie of the year , like Blake Griffin . Michael became "Air Jordan" he had a lot of swag and would posterize any and everybody like Blake Griffin . MJ would dunk on the likes of Ewing and Tree Rollins knocking them to the floor and talk trash on top of it unlike Blake Griffin . Well Isaiah Thomas and the Detroit Pistons didn't take to kindly to this young upstart and whenever they played against him they were one of the few teams that would knock him on his ass every chance they could if he tried to dunk on them like Blake Griffin . But he had Charles Oakley who would come to his rescue in the beginning then Bill Cartwright later on in his career Blake has nobody on his team to stand up for him . Then Wall street came a calling Gatorade , Nike , McDonald's , and a host of other endorsements came calling kind of like Blake Griffin . To make a long story short there are some similarities between the two of them with selling out their stadiums , power dunkers , endorsement deals , and disliked by some NBA teams and players with bounties for the likes of Lopez , and Jason Smith . Blake Griffin won four high school state championships . He was a star college player and John Wooden award winner his sophmore year . Drafted number one overall when he left college after his sophmore year . He has been an NBA allstar his first two full years in the league . Say what you want about him flopping the guy takes a terrible beating game in and game out . Like Michael Jordan the NBA must protect a good character guy like Blake Griffin like they did for Michael Jordan . I'm not saying he's on the same level as MJ I'am saying give him time this guy is a winner and if the Clippers continue to surround him with players like Chris Paul , Billiups , Butler , and K-mart solid veterans he will be a NBA champion .          
April 22, 2012  03:23 PM ET

I'm glad you remember him .

April 22, 2012  04:34 PM ET
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I'm glad you remember him .

When he first came to Chicago my wife got his autograph in a place called Maxwell Sweeny's . We use to frequent his restaurant and would sometimes see him there . I like MJ and respect his game but I still think Wilt was the GOAT ever the record books don't lie . Maybe there should be no such thing as Greatest of All Time in anything because each player brought something different to the game . That's a future fn TD .

April 22, 2012  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm glad you remember him .

When he first came to Chicago my wife got his autograph in a place called Maxwell Sweeny's . We use to frequent his restaurant and would sometimes see him there . I like MJ and respect his game but I still think Wilt was the GOAT ever the record books don't lie . Maybe there should be no such thing as Greatest of All Time in anything because each player brought something different to the game . That's a future fn TD .

April 22, 2012  07:16 PM ET

I remember Babe Ruth.b

April 22, 2012  08:02 PM ET
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I remember Babe Ruth.b

Did you get his autograph old man

April 22, 2012  09:07 PM ET
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When he first came to Chicago my wife got his autograph in a place called Maxwell Sweeny's . We use to frequent his restaurant and would sometimes see him there . I like MJ and respect his game but I still think Wilt was the GOAT ever the record books don't lie . Maybe there should be no such thing as Greatest of All Time in anything because each player brought something different to the game . That's a future fn TD .

hehehe..... I like the way you are always name dropping........ You are right numbers don't lie but they are subject to interpretation... You think Dan Marino is the GOAT QB?? Or Emmit Smith is the GOAT RB??

April 22, 2012  09:34 PM ET
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Did you get his autograph old man

On my boobies.

April 22, 2012  10:06 PM ET

Like Michael Jordan the NBA must protect a good character guy

I was with you until here. MJ was a lot of things, some good, some bad. One thing he was not was "a high character guy". The carefully constructed public image ignores the fact he was a serial cheating womanizer and a degenerate gambler. It also ignores the fact many/most of his team mates though he was a self-important prima donna who ignored their contributions to the team. They also resented the fact that he demanded and got the 'superstar treatment'.

None of that takes away from Michael Jordan the basketball player's greatness on the court, but as far as character goes? Let's just say he's not the kind of MAN that most mothers want their sons to grow up emulating.

April 22, 2012  10:14 PM ET
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I like MJ and respect his game but I still think Wilt was the GOAT ever the record books don't lie .

Depends on how one defines GOAT.

Is it a guy who artificially inflated his stats while playing on a lot of bad teams while also having a huge size advantage over almost everyone else? I don't know about that. I do know, however, there is zero chance Wilt would put up the same numbers in today's game. Judging Wilt's numbers by todays standards is like comparing Hugh Duffy's .440 batting average to modern day hitters and saying he had the best season in MLB history.

Numbers don't lie. Interpretations of them do.

April 23, 2012  01:40 AM ET
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hehehe..... I like the way you are always name dropping........ You are right numbers don't lie but they are subject to interpretation... You think Dan Marino is the GOAT QB?? Or Emmit Smith is the GOAT RB??

Try reading the rest of my blog like toward the end . Why hate I have professionals at every level in my family and inner circle . I'm not an autograph seeker trying to make a dollar off the rich and famous I've done a pretty good job of taking care of myself I don't make my money selling memorablia . Subject to who interpretation your media people who didn't set 72 NBA records who weren't running backs that played with Jim Brown or infielders who were teammates with Jackie Robinson . It's like going for a job interview what is your track record what can you do to make my team a winning team . In some folks cases it's not what you know but who you know . I don't have to prove anything the facts don't lie . Like until Tiger Woods break Jacks golf record Jacks the BEST .

April 23, 2012  01:47 AM ET
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Like Michael Jordan the NBA must protect a good character guyI was with you until here. MJ was a lot of things, some good, some bad. One thing he was not was "a high character guy". The carefully constructed public image ignores the fact he was a serial cheating womanizer and a degenerate gambler. It also ignores the fact many/most of his team mates though he was a self-important prima donna who ignored their contributions to the team. They also resented the fact that he demanded and got the 'superstar treatment'. None of that takes away from Michael Jordan the basketball player's greatness on the court, but as far as character goes? Let's just say he's not the kind of MAN that most mothers want their sons to grow up emulating.

There's a difference in high character and good character. JFK was a cheat and a womanizer it didn't stop him from becoming the President of the USA . Nobody on this earth is perfect we are all flawed look at most of the straight and not straight people running our country FLAWED . I watched the game tonight Clippers against the Hornets guy pushed Blake in the chest Blake knocked his hands off of him and Blake gets called for a tech . I really think sports is fixed !

April 23, 2012  02:07 AM ET
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Like Michael Jordan the NBA must protect a good character guyI was with you until here. MJ was a lot of things, some good, some bad. One thing he was not was "a high character guy". The carefully constructed public image ignores the fact he was a serial cheating womanizer and a degenerate gambler. It also ignores the fact many/most of his team mates though he was a self-important prima donna who ignored their contributions to the team. They also resented the fact that he demanded and got the 'superstar treatment'. None of that takes away from Michael Jordan the basketball player's greatness on the court, but as far as character goes? Let's just say he's not the kind of MAN that most mothers want their sons to grow up emulating.

I beg to differ MJ is the kind of man most women want their daughters to marry because he is rich and she wouldn't have to worry about what most Americans love MONEY .

April 23, 2012  02:14 AM ET
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I beg to differ MJ is the kind of man most women want their daughters to marry because he is rich and she wouldn't have to worry about what most Americans love MONEY .

I guess that's why so many youngmen idolize him and want to be like him on the court . The guy couldn't get a prom date in high school he can now . He hasn't played basketball since the late ninties but his shoes sellout in the stores . Young boys and men still want to be like Mike so don't fool yourself .

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April 23, 2012  02:23 AM ET
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There's a difference in high character and good character. JFK was a cheat and a womanizer it didn't stop him from becoming the President of the USA . Nobody on this earth is perfect we are all flawed look at most of the straight and not straight people running our country FLAWED . I watched the game tonight Clippers against the Hornets guy pushed Blake in the chest Blake knocked his hands off of him and Blake gets called for a tech . I really think sports is fixed !

*He will be tested this season and I'm praying for a miracle on 34th Street in NY.

April 23, 2012  06:04 AM ET
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There's a difference in high character and good character. JFK was a cheat and a womanizer it didn't stop him from becoming the President of the USA . Nobody on this earth is perfect we are all flawed look at most of the straight and not straight people running our country FLAWED . I watched the game tonight Clippers against the Hornets guy pushed Blake in the chest Blake knocked his hands off of him and Blake gets called for a tech . I really think sports is fixed !

If the public had known JFK was a cheat and a womanizer there is no chance in hell he'd have won the election. BECAUSE it goes to character. Same thing with Jordan. Hell, Tiger Woods is absolute proof of that. He was everyone's golden boy until it became public knowledge that he was a womanizer and 75% of the 'fans' turned on him. And He only had one of Jordan's major vices.

April 23, 2012  06:05 AM ET
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I beg to differ MJ is the kind of man most women want their daughters to marry because he is rich and she wouldn't have to worry about what most Americans love MONEY .

That's just plain stupid. It's obvious you are neither married nor have children if you believe ANY woman would want their daughters to marry a serial cheater simply because he has money.

 
April 23, 2012  06:07 AM ET
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I guess that's why so many youngmen idolize him and want to be like him on the court . The guy couldn't get a prom date in high school he can now . He hasn't played basketball since the late ninties but his shoes sellout in the stores . Young boys and men still want to be like Mike so don't fool yourself .

What young men and boys want has nothing at all to do with the mans character. OF COURSE young men and boys would be THRILLED to be a great baller with more money than they could spend and women throwing themselves at you. So what?

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