Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
What is the relationship between time and greatness?
Is it inverse, is it direct, or does it vary? Can greatness diminish? Does greatness only swell? Or does time have any relation at all to how monumental a person or event is in history?
adj. great·er, great·est
- Losing to the Celtics in his 2nd season
- Being abused and defeated by the Pistons for three straight years
- Losing his father
- Struggling as a minor league baseball player
- Coming back into basketball, older and further removed from the game
- Coming back into basketball at age 38 to join a losing Wizards team
- The Knicks battles of the mid-90's
- The '96 season, 72 wins after losing to Orlando the previous year
- The Sick Game
- Game 7 against the Pacers, 1998
- Game 6, The Shot, against the Jazz in '98
- The "game winner", 2003 all-star game, his last
With all the adulation and praise being rained down on the Hall of Fame inductions today, it's important to remember that today is the 8th anniversay of the biggest Terrorist Attack in US History. If you get a chance today, I heavily encourage you to reflect.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
As I left the practice facility I thought to myself “How could/should I possibly show my appreciation to a man who has everything?” I called a friend - Phil Rosenthal, Bell Captain at The Grand America Hotel where the Washington Wizards were staying, and had a case of Bud Light beer delivered to Michael’s room. A gesture that I hoped wouldn’t go unnoticed.
“I know what you were trying to do. You got the tall bottles trying to get me drunk!” he said. “What is it with you guys in
“To this day, I don’t think anyone appreciates how seriously ill Michael was in Game 5 on the 1997 Finals against
1997 NBA Finals Post Game Comments: “I almost played myself into passing out,"
Now, just for the record, I was not trying to get Michael Jordan drunk or sick! Nor was I the individual responsible for giving Michael Gatorlode instead of Gatorade.
Michael thanked me for the beer and we engaged in casual chit-chat before he went onto the court for shoot-around. While the players were on the floor I assisted the Equipment Manager, Jerry Walter, with the set up and organization of the visiting team locker room (hanging uniforms, laying out shoes, placing name plates, etc.) After the team left I took the opportunity to get a few pictures. (How many people do you know who can say they wore MJ’s jersey?)http://i922.photobucket.com/albums/ad70/nickfairclough1/Page3WW3copy.jpg
There you have it. My memory of Michael Jordan, The Greatest Player of All Time, Hall of Fame Inductee
Hey Nick, thanks for the info...a few follow up questions:
Did you work the Bull's locker room for Mike's sick game?
I was not officially assigned to the Chicago Bulls locker room during the finals. However, I assisted the Chicago Bulls bench and was on that end of the floor helping the other Utah Jazz Ballboys along with the Chicago Bulls Trainers and Equipment Manager.
Were those of you who were employees of the Jazz aware of what was happening with Michael's health?
Michael’s health was public knowledge due to the media. However, there were several employees (as well as fans) who believed that MJ was faking his illness in hopes of sabotaging the Utah Jazz mentally.
Do you have any specific memories from that game?
I was sitting on the basketball standard as Michael dunked the ball. The reverberation from the dunk was exciting as the standard shook. After MJ's epic performance, Pippen would say, "He's the greatest, and everyone saw why tonight."
Monday, September 07, 2009
In celebration of Michael Jordan entering the Hall of Fame this week, Page 3 is changing out top banner as well as posting a bunch of stuff in review of Mike's career. Celebrate with us as the Greatest Basketball Player who ever lived gets his due Sept. 11.