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Is Michael Jordan Still A Legend?
By Anthony Keene, Jr.
There has been a lot of
speculation on whether or not
Jordan would return to the game
with the same game that he left
with regardless of his age and of
the new changes in the game of
basketball. The answer to that
question remains to be pro\ ided
by the fans. The great M.J. has
had a great career and I really
can't blame him for wanting to
come back to the game to see if
he’s still got it. Think about it. If
you played in a sport here 3 0U
dominated the game so many
times that people got tired of
seeing y ou win (including me),
had received more trophies or
rings than y ou can wear on one
hand \\hile other teams struggle
to win one. Then, you \\in the
championship or the plav offs in
> our retiring game, you still haA e
people wearing y our jersey and
buy ing your shoes years after
>ou have retired, CAN YOU
HONESTLY SAY THAT YOU
WOULD PUT THE GAME
DOWN? I think not. The man’s
rich. He, in a matter of speaking,
has done e^ er\thing that he could
e^ er want to do with money; and
let’s not forget him ha\ing his
name added to the hall of fame.
A couple of years ago, a TV
program reAealed how people
o\ erseas feel about Jordan. Just
like the other M.J. they consider
him almost god-like. There is no
v/ay that he could stay awaj'
f'om the game.
Jordan used to be a
skinny guy who w as light on his
fset. He would finesse his way
past his opponent and out smart
him to either driA e to the goal and
draw the foul along with it, or
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Many obseners say Michael Jordan may have lost a step, but the skills are still there.
he would hit them with his
signature Jordan fade aw a\'. One
w ay or the other he would make
the score. Still you can’t lea^e
out the team. Jordan had the
picture perfect team with the
perfect sidekick. Scottie Pippin.
The Bulls were the dominating
team to beat for a while. Most
of the team was good, e\ en the
players that didn’t get much
spotlight. Face it, Jordan
couldn’t do the whole thing b}'
himself even when Scottie
wasn’t there. The presence of
other players who were equipped
to produce on the court left
someone who could put the ball
back up. Truly, if Jordan had
been injured I think the Bulls
could of held their own FOR A
WHILE. When it comes down
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Now the up-to-date question
is can Jordan do it without the
team he had, without the
sidekick? And if so is he w hat he
use to be? Can he dri^e to the
goal and still make the three-point
play. (Notorious for scoring and
gettmg the foul shot) Can he still
a^ erage 45 points a game? The
results speak for themselves,
some are positi\e and some are
negative. You KNOW that y ou are
famous when they put you on
ESPN for throw ing up an air ball.
I'm sorry to say it, but e^■en I
think that due to things out of
his control Jordan w ill not be able
to play like the “old” Jordan.
After all he is not as young as he
used to be. Still I think that it’s
best to let his game speak for
itself. Jordan has had to change
the w ay that he pla> s to fit the
w a}' that the game has changed.
Jordan not only has the problem
of being awa> from the game to
make up for, but he also has a
different breed of ball players to
wony about. They are not the
same size that the\’ use to be.
That is, more muscle and less
finesse. If you know am thing
about Shaq then you know w hat
I mean. Instead of making a lot
of nice moA es to the goal, they
use theirs size to their ad\ antage
and power their w ay to the goal.
If you don’t have that size, like
Iverson, then y ou haA e to ha\ e a
nice array of mo^ es to out smart
the opposition and dri\ e to the
goal or make the point. Also
Jordan has to depend on the
w hole team a little more. Unlike
Kobe, he doesn’t ha\e a man to
pair up w ith to form a d^Tiamic
duo. Jordan does on the other
hand, has his w a>- of fmding the
strong points of his teammates
and ha\ ing the pla> ers help each
other w here the other falls short.
He uses this to his ad\ antage to
help the team pla> better. It seems
like it is w orking cause in his first
game it was whack and
anno> ing how e\ ery time one of
his tearmnates got the chance, he
w ould throw Jordan the ball like
a small child who needed adult
supervision to walk across the
street. The other team w ould just
end up double-teaming him. After
a w hile, the\ stopped doing it and
just placed the game. Besides
Jordan’s still a little rust}. An> one
who has seen him can tell that
he’s getting old.
Still there are some good
things about his game. He's had
to change his form fi-om a slimed
down speed} \ersion to a more
bulky slow er a ersion to fend off
bigger players that might tr} to
bump him off his game or o\ er
power him to the shot. Jordan is
now more of a shooter than a
dri^ er. He is more than likeh to
moAe around and wait till he
shakes you and instead of dri^ ing
to the goal he is more than likely
to pop the shot. Also he depends
on the team more. He passes the
ball to open pla} ers, and instead
of shooting all the time, he is
letting the team take the team up.
In so mam words, he’s gi^ ing
the spotlight to the others to
share. Still another thing that w as
noticed was that Jordan has
stayed out of the waj of the
press. He hasn’t been talking to
reporters a lot. Also did I
mention that I heard that he’s
pla\ ing for free*^ I don’t know
if it is true, but I heard that his
pa}- is going to help the ^ ictims
of the Sept. II* incident.
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Photo by Kantrell Shelton
Women’s bowling is a new addition to the CIAAAthletic lineup and student
participation is expected to grow. “A lot of students were curious about the team, but
did not come out to join us. Participation will grow in time and bowling will become a
big-time sport especially for females,” said Coach Bobby Henderson.