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Magic Johnson tells a crazy story about Michael Jordan's famous shrug in the 1992 NBA Finals

Magic Johnson tells a crazy story about Michael Jordan's famous shrug in the 1992 NBA Finals

Michael Jordan has plenty of legendary moments that have legendary tales attached to them. Magic Johnson added his own backstory for Jordan’s memorable shrug from the 1992 NBA Finals.

Jordan famously made six 3-pointers in the first half and had 35 points by halftime in Game 1, a blowout win for the Bulls. After the sixth 3-pointer, Jordan turned to the broadcast table and shrugged. Jordan wasn’t known as a 3-point shooter, but couldn’t miss that half.

In Chicago for All-Star weekend, Johnson explained that he was playing bid whist, a partner card game, at Jordan’s house the night before. Magic and MJ’s dad beat Jordan. Ever the competitor, Jordan was left with a bad taste in his mouth as Johnson left for the night.

He told the story at McDonald’s Black & Positively Golden’s event with the video courtesy of Heavy.com’s Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson.

Johnson was broadcasting the Finals for NBC that year. He says the shrug was all about him.

“He was turning to me,” Johnson said. “He was so hot that night so he owed me a lot because I’m the one he was mad at. That’s why he took it out on Clyde Drexler the next day in the game.”

As far as the NBA Finals go, the shrug is high on the list of Jordan moments. Johnson says it was all about him, which is convenient, but it sure makes for a good story.

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Bill Simmons recalls seeing behind-the-scenes Michael Jordan footage

Bill Simmons recalls seeing behind-the-scenes Michael Jordan footage

As we creep closer and closer to the new April 19 release date for ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary on the ’90s Bulls dynasty, a palpable buzz is building. 

Bill Simmons — current CEO of The Ringer, formerly of ESPN — added to that in a recent appearance on The Herd, a radio show hosted by Colin Cowherd on FS1.

 

In Simmons’ time at ESPN, he famously pioneered the 30-for-30 documentary series that has since swelled in popularity and name-brand recognition. Over the course of a six-minute interview with Cowherd, Simmons recalled the universal reverence for Michael Jordan and those ’90s Bulls at the time, and also Jordan’s reluctance to peel the curtain back on their exploits.

“We (ESPN) tried to do it (a Jordan documentary) after we finished the first 30-for-30 series when we had everything going in 2009,” Simmons told Cowherd. “We knew about this documentary that NBA Entertainment had. You know, they had filmed his whole season, they had all this behind the scenes stuff. So we got a copy of it and we watched it. And the behind the scenes stuff, it was the real Jordan. It was the homicidally competitive Jordan, the guy yelling at his teammates, it was all the stuff we had always heard of but never seen. And we were just like how do we get this made?”

But…

“Jordan never wanted it, and I think what happened, middle of the (2010s) decade, especially when LeBron won that Cavs title, when things really started to shift and all of a sudden there was an MJ vs. LeBron argument, I think for the first time Jordan and his camp realized, ‘Oh, we gotta protect our legacy here,’” Simmons continued. “People are starting to forget how great and famous and how universally everyone thought, who was there, this is the best basketball player I’m ever going to see. And I still feel that way.”

To be clear, there’s no evidence of the footage Simmons alluded to being directly related to “The Last Dance.” But it shows that there is a side to Jordan that the masses have yet to see.

Hopefully, we get to experience that side in all its flaws and glory come April 19.

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Watch: Bulls' Thad Young shows no mercy playing sons in pickup basketball

Watch: Bulls' Thad Young shows no mercy playing sons in pickup basketball

If you thought the NBA's hiatus was going to stop Thad Young from busting dudes up, think again.

Thursday morning, Young's wife Shekinah posted a video of Thad and his two sons playing pickup on the back porch of their home. There's some real character-building stuff in here:

Thad sets the tone early by jumping a passing lane and turning a steal into a dunk, then following that up with a slick behind-the-back cross into a running hook.

"Dunked on." 

"Buckets."

Of course, he had to let the kids get in on the fun for a bit, too (while still swatting a shot or two). But the play that capped the video off was just plain vicious. It began with Thad picking his older son's pocket ("Your dad ripped you," Shekinah called from the sideline), followed by ten seconds of post-up bully-ball leading to both an open dunk and his sons running into each other. All while his younger son bemoaned Thad "guarding us too hard." 

Oh yeah, and he did all of this in slippers. 

All in a day's fun at the Young residence. We'll just keep eagerly awaiting the day we get to see Young whip out some of these moves in a Bulls uniform again.

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