Michael Jordan is one of those people who never impresses anyone. Over the years, current and former players have told how and when they met Jordan, sometimes quite vividly.
Andre Miller recounted in detail in an episode of “Knuckles” when he first came face-to-face with the six-time champion:
“We were all at UCLA when Michael Jordan was coming back … we went to Santa Barbara and Jordan came in and it looked like he was swimming all the time. He was sweating and I thought, ‘Wait a minute, that It’s Michael Jordan. “The first words that came out of his mouth were, ‘Give me Dre Miller and the others.'”
Miller played Jordan more than two decades ago, but he still remembers the details of that game. This is when “His Air” is looking to return to the NBA for the second time after leading the Chicago Bulls to their sixth championship in eight years.
The former NBA journeyman spoke about his years of admiration for the iconic superstar:
“Michael Jordan wasn’t real to me. You know what I’m talking about? He wasn’t real to me. …I tried to smell him. The guy was dark, bald, beautiful, Glowing! He’s not real. He’s a flying cartoon character!”
Miller finally got a chance to play against Jordan as a pro in his third season. After his Bulls unceremoniously disbanded after their 1998 title win, MJ felt he had some unfinished business.
When Chicago broke the dynasty, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Tony Kukoc dominated despite their advanced age. They could have had a chance to defend the title, especially since the 1999 lockout season was cut short.
In Miller’s five games with Jordan, the Hall of Famer has only lost once. On almost one leg, “His Air” still averaged 23.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game. During that time, “The Professor” split his time between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Michael Jordan is still as competitive as ever for the past two years
Andre Miller recalls Michael Jordan playing in Cleveland for the first time since Jordan returned to the NBA. Even at the Cavaliers’ home ground, Jordan was seen as royalty and a rock star. Jordan also played with the same aggressiveness and fiery personality that made him so unique.
In his first season with the Washington Wizards, Jordan played in 60 games and averaged 22.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals. At 38, he’s still on both ends of the floor. The Wizards looked like they were in the playoffs until Jordan’s injury ended their hopes.
In his farewell season, Jordan reportedly won’t even miss training because it’s a sign of weakness. He played all 82 games that year and showed fans and players what GOAT is all about.