100 days of hoops, hardwood

100 Days of Hoops, 43 at 40

Michael Jordan performing a satanic ritual Jason Kidd’s groin. (Photo Credit: ESPN.com)

They say Michael Jordan aged like fine wine.  The later he played, the more tricks he had up his sleeve. And they were right.

Whenever he touched the ball, D.C. fans were in awe. Whether it was making a dunk on a fast-break, diving for a loose ball or grabbing rebounds, Wizards fans tasted greatness even at forty years old.

To this day, Michael Jordan is the only player to score 40+ points at forty years old. He scored 43 against the contending New Jersey Nets.

Oh, and he didn’t even attempt a three-point shot.  Jordan used his off-ball fundamentals to slice up Richard Jefferson and the Nets.  The same Nets who lost to the Finals in six games against the Spurs months later.

And we all know about Jordan’s competitive desire to prove people wrong and a month prior to this game he scored eight points in a loss against the Nets, shooting 8-16 from the field.

“I don’t feel like 40,” Jordan told the media afterward. “I feel good. I feel like I can compete, and on certain nights I can compete with the best.”

Not a surprise.  One of the best players of all-time can still compete with the best in their primes at forty years old.  Unfortunately, most hoop fans don’t dwell on Jordan’s stint with the Wizards.  It seems like the Wizards stint is nothing more than a punchline to a lame joke, but Jordan proved during his time in D.C. that he’s still able to play at a high level.  Even though the Wizards missed the playoffs during the Jordan years, Michael proved to fans he still had a little bit in him, even if it was mostly forgotten.

 

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Michael Jordan blows past Kerry Kittles on a fast break

 

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