In honor of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” docuseries, it’s a Michael Jordan-themed “What’s Your Favorite?” for this week.
What’ s your favorite MJ moment from his NBA Hall of Fame career? The game-winner against the Jazz in the 1998 finals? The iconic winner over Craig Ehlo? Maybe some “Space Jam” fans? Our staff and readers of The Beverly Review answered with their favorites!
Tim O’Brien: “My favorite MJ moment is pretty easy. It’s the game-winner against the Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
“That iconic jump shot over Bryon Russell was perfect in itself, the storybook ending to his Chicago Bulls career. Personally though, it was how I watched the game.
“I was 13-years-old at the time and visiting Yellowstone National Park with my family. Slight problem was that the lodge we were at didn’t have a single television. My dad, Gerry, drove me and my sister, Ellen, to a hotel on the west side of the park that did have a TV. We watched from the lobby of a Holiday Inn as the Bulls won their sixth NBA title.”
Kyle Garmes: “Finding a best Jordan moment is a fun, but tall, task, but I’ll go with his final one with the Bulls, his game-winning shot to beat the Jazz in Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals.
“In fact, I’ll go with the entire last minute of the game. With the Bulls down 3, Jordan converted a quick layup, stole the ball from Karl Malone and then drilled a jumper to give the Bulls the lead. Long live the King.”
From our readers
“My favorite will always be ‘The Shot’ to defeat the favored Cavaliers in 1989. More than the series win, it was in hindsight a definitive moment for each franchise. The Bulls began their dynasty run, and the Cavs never really rebounded until LeBron arrived many years later.”
—Dennis C. from Orland Park
“My favorite has to be the 3-point barrage and the classic ‘I can’t explain it’ shrug against Portland in the 1992 NBA Finals. It genuinely felt like he surprised himself in that moment.”
—Joe O. from West Chicago
Next week’s “What’s Your Favorite?” is pretty simple. What’s your favorite sports video game, a new release, an old classic? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your answer, a short explanation and where you’re from.
Stay safe, sports fans!