Michael Jordan was an icon and my nemesis at the same time. Being a Knicks fan, I only wanted my home team to win a title in my lifetime. Their last title was in 1973. Fast forward 41 years later and some of the memories have faded. One thing I’ll still say, though, is that Jordan was the greatest player I’ve ever seen. Sorry LeBron, Charles, Clyde, Hakeem, Patrick, Magic, Kareem, and the countless millions to have played the game.
While looking at all the magazines in my office, garage, and walk-in closet, I always realize how much I love sports. Looking through them all, I’m amazed at the history and how things used to be. My thought process came to a head in 2007 when I was out in New Haven, Conn., at a restaurant and saw a familiar face.
I thought to myself would Scott Burrell be wearing the last of the Jordan title rings? The last ring of the second three-peat? I approached the former Chicago wing player and after some great stories of that magical year with the Bulls, Scott Burrell, who had only worn the ring out once before, placed it in my hands. I remembering imagining a Knicks logo on it; I would’ve ran in the other direction. Then I asked the biggest question of all:
“Can I put the ring on?”
So now this legacy, all the heartache, and sleepless nights thinking about…how can we beat this team? This one man? All of that disappeared. I thought about how hard it was to get by the Pistons. All those summers in the gym, year after year playing golf early while the NBA Finals were on. Winning three titles, retiring, coming back. Being asked a million times why? Losing your father and then coming back again and again and again.
The sixth ring in the trilogy and the 50 Sports Illustrated covers have a large significance in the history of sports, street culture, sneaker culture, and the largest sports brand on Earth. Michael Jordan!
Thank you for taking me down memory lane, MJ. Here is The Definitive Ranking of Michael Jordan’s Sports Illustrated Covers.
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