The Last Dance
In the 15 seasons Michael Jordan played in the NBA, played 1.072 regular-season games and 179 more Playoffs in which he faced a total of 1,212 in opponents. Now on the eve of the premiere of “The Last Dance”in the united States on Sunday 19 April and Monday, 20th of the same month in all over the world for Netflix, we got to see the rivals he had to face Her Majesty. Let’s look at some numbers…
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Ewing, the biggest loser against MJ23
As the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks share the Eastern Conference, Patrick Ewing it is one of the two players who most often faced Michael Jordan (the other is Joe Dumars) with 70 duels. The first was the November 1, 1986, in the second year of His Majesty in the best league in the world. Then there was 42 duels more until the 21 of December, 2001, he saw for the last time, when Jordan was already playing with the Washington Wizards and the jamaican with the Orlando Magic. And as well as started this rivalry, ended: with a victory in favor of the former Tar Heel. Does the final balance sheet? 49-21 for the escort.
In the Playoffs, things were not too different and perhaps one of the biggest nightmares of Patrick, until today, is Michael Jordan. His talent was never arrested by the new yorkers and in the 19 games that they shared, the legend of the Bulls dominated with 19 wins and just 8 defeats. Five postseason series in which MJ averaged 33,1 points, 6,4 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.1 steals. And of the five times that crossed, in four ended up as champion Chicago.
The Bad Boys, with a positive record against Jordan
The Detroit Pistons led by Chuck Daly, from 1983 to 1992, they were one of the best and toughest opponents of Michael Jordan. Touching, and sometimes breaking the rules, it made it better to the dorsal 23 as they were going to learn how to play them, after that for three Playoffs consecutive eliminated the Bulls: 1988, 1989 and 1990.
Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas, John Salley, Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman and James Edwards made the life very complicated at MJ, and are the ones who have the most wins in playoff against Jordan with 12. In 1988 they left out to Chicago in the Semi-finals of Conference in five matches, then the next year the were eliminated in six games in the Conference Finals and in 1990 they ended the season for the Bulls in a series that went to seven games.
However, the basketball gave him a rematch to Jordan and to Chicago in 1991, and for the fourth year in a row they faced in the postseason. But Jordan led his team to remove that thorn and after four events, qualified for the first time to the Finals and we all know the rest of the story.
Danny Ainge and Rick Mahorn are the other basketball players that have double-digit victories over Michael in the Playoffs.
Who earned him more times to Jordan in regular season?
Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer, Vinnie Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, John Salley, Charles Barkley, Rick Mahorn and Robert Parish are the only players that earned 20 or more times to Michael Jordan in a campaign to regulate. Of the previously mentioned, the only ones which His Majesty won more times than lost are Dumars, Mahorn and Parish.
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