Sport NBA Basketball in the Late 1980s Was Even More Physical Than You Remember
NBA: Jordan turns 58: The biggest rivals, legendary games and more
Michael Jordan is still considered the best basketball player of all time, so there are many stories to tell about His Airness. We at SPOX have already told a few anecdotes about the legend of the Chicago Bulls and other people involved in this era. For MJ's 58th birthday, we are giving you an overview of our collected works. © Provided by SPOX To depict Michael Jordan's career in a text is almost an impossibility. No other player shaped the game like the number 23 man from the Chicago Bulls.
For basketball fans of a certain age, it took watching the NBA evolve into a more offense-friendly, defense-optional game to realize that the sport to first enter our consciousness was quite far afield from the one happening today. If one goes back and watches footage of a classic Detroit Pistons-Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls-New York Knicks matchup, it is immediately clear that things used to be much more physical. Which makes what Michael Jordan was able to do even more impressive.
As a reminder, this is the exact type of heavy petting the Bad Boys used to do whenever a star player stepped on the court. It's important to remember that while this may look an awful lot like flagrant fouling now, things were just different back then.
Complete NBA All-Star starter voting, from LeBron James to Nate Hinton
LeBron James led the NBA in All-Star starter voting by fans (5,922,554), fellow players (214) and media (100). But despite winning the overall fan vote for the fifth straight year, something he previously said drove him him to compete hard in All-Star games, LeBron is not enthused about going to Atlanta for this year’s event. Nate Hinton received no player or media All-Star votes and just 238 fan votes, the fewest in the NBA. But he’s not far removed from just being happy to hear his name called on draft night. Not as an actual selection. But by the Mavericks, who called to sign him as undrafted free agent.
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Oh yeah, and every single player used to have an Anthony Tolliver-Vinnie Johnson body. Forgot about that.
Younger readers are probably wondering about the uniforms. Again, that was simply the apex of fashion at the time. Men and women alike were sucking it in and cramming their frame into a skin-tight singlet.
Fun trip down memory lane.
The top 25 NCAA men's tournament moments .
It's truly one of the best times of the year for a sports fan, and over time there have been plenty of unforgettable plays, shots and victories from a tournament that seems to make time stop for those involved and those watching.