The day Michael Jordan became the worst tripler in All Star history

Michael Jordan He is considered, by the vast majority of specialists and basketball fans and practically without discussion, as the best player in all history.

His achievements, both individual and collective, are as extensive as they are difficult to list. Throughout his 15 seasons in the NBA (13 with the Bulls and 2 with the Wizards) played a total of 1072 games (930 with Chicago and 142 with Washington), ending his career as the 5th highest scorer in NBA history (32,292 points) and spectacular averages of 30.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

At the collective level, their main argument is the 6 NBA Champion rings earned with the Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998), but at the individual level, the list of ‘merits’ of the great ‘Air’ is practically endless: 5 NBA MVP, 6 NBA Finals MVP, 14 All Star times, 3 All Star Game MVPs, ‘Rookie of the Year’, 11 times in the NBA’s Best Quintet, 10 times NBA’s top scorer, 1 time ‘Defender of the Year’, …

In addition, he won 2 gold medals at the Olympic Games (Los Angeles 1984 and Barcelona 1992), where the nickname of ‘Dream Team’ was born for the American team, and won a couple of NBA Dunk Contests (1987 and 1988).

A bad decision … but had to try

However, nobody is perfect. Although for many he was considered practically like a god on a basketball court (Larry Bird defined him as ‘God dressed as a basketball player’ after scoring 63 points at the Boston Garden), one day he proved to be deadly and, worst of all, he went in full view of the world and took one of the worst decisions of his entire career: enter the 1990 All-Star Game Triple Contest, which took place in Miami.

Although three-point shooting was never his strong suit (he came to the aforementioned contest after signing 55/141 in T3 that season, 39% correct), perhaps his ego or the desire to try new things made him make that decision. .

Michael Jordan, among the participants in the 1990 NBA Triples Contest

After winning the NBA All Star Dunk Contest twice in a row (1987 and 1988) and being MVP in an All Star Game, Jordan surprised locals and strangers by appearing in the triple contest, where he competed with specialists of the stature of Larry Bird (Boston Celtics), Reggie miller (Indiana Pacers), Craig Ehlo (Cleveland Cavaliers), Bobby hansen (Utah Jazz), Jon sundvold (Miami Heat), Mark Price (Cleveland Cavaliers) or his partner in the Chicago Bulls and reigning champion of the contest, Craig hodges.

In fact, the draw wanted Jordan to have to ‘compete’ (they pitched at the same time, but did not compete against each other) at the same time as Hodges… who finally won the trophy.

Michael Jordan, surrounded by Larry Bird and Craig Hodges, before the 1990 Triples Competition started
Michael Jordan, surrounded by Larry Bird and Craig Hodges, before the 1990 Triples Competition started

The mythical ’23’ wanted to show that his enormous quality allowed him to be up to the task in all facets of the game, but his performance ended up being disappointing: only scored 5 of the 25 balls, adding 5 of the 30 possible points (16.7%), in which to this day it remains lworst mark in the history of the NBA All Star Dunk Contest.

A performance to remember … or to forget

His shooting series, to remember (or to forget, depending on how you look at it), has been part of NBA history for more than 20 years: 2 out of 5 in the first car; 1/5 in the second; 1/5 in the third; 1/5 in the room and 0/5 at last! closing his performance with up six consecutive failures.

That night, Jordan received one of the hardest setbacks of his sports career, directly towards his ego, but far from lowering his arms, Michael Jordan had a career full of successes (the following year he won his first NBA champion ring) and he could say that at least he had tried. Of course, it seems clear that he learned his lesson and did not participate in any other Triple Contest throughout his career.