Many legendary Michael Jordan stories have been told over the years and one category of them is his ability to call his shot. According to legend, sometimes during games he would tell opponents his next move and still convert, even though they knew it was coming.
Apparently, Jordan still had that ability when he was playing with the Wizards in the early 2000s, even when he was much older and less athletic than the rest of the NBA. His former teammate Jared Jeffries explained how it would go on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast.
"It used to be so crazy how he could break a basketball game down. He could tell you 'tonight I feel good, I'm gonna go for 40.' I remember we were playing Atlanta at Verizon Center, Capital One [Arena] now, we played there and walking out on the court he goes 'I'm gonna get 40 tonight,'" Jeffries said.
"He would break down getting 40 points. It would be like 10 free throws, a couple layups in transition, curl screen; little things where he knew how to break the game down to get 40 points. It's like 'dang man, it's that easy for you to go out and get 40.' He could just feel a 40-point game coming on. When for everybody else, it was a career-high, but for him it was like 'tonight I'm gonna have 40 or I'm gonna have 50.' And it would be done."
Jeffries went on to say that Jordan had tricks to get himself in rhythm if his shot wasn't falling. He would cherry pick on the fastbreak for an easy dunk or get to the free throw line with reputation calls from the referees. That would help him back up his pregame predictions even if he wasn't having a great shooting night.
If Jordan had that type of control over the game when he played with the Wizards, you can only imagine the stories we will hear in ESPN's "The Last Dance" documentary set to debut Sunday night.
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