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Michael Jordan: I Could Have Scored 100 Points in Today’s Game

Michael Jordan may officially be taking all this NBA 2K11 nonsense to the head.  There’s no arguing the concept is a fun one for gamers.  Heck, back in the day I remember being frustrated as s*** that I had to play basketball video games as a player who was clearly supposed to be Michael Jordan but was given a name like Joe Schmo.  Jordan never gave video game companies permission to use his name because he wanted to get paid if they did.  Surprise, surprise.

So gamers finally get the chance to play as MJ in a mainstream video game.  I guess it’s cool, but what isn’t cool is what Jordan said about the way the rules in the NBA have changed when he was giving an interview about the game:

It’s less physical and the rules have changed, obviously. Based on these rules, if I had to play with my style of play, I’m pretty sure I would have fouled out or I would have been at the free throw line pretty often and I could have scored 100 points.”

MJ should probably realize that he has an inordinate amount of biggest fans, so there’s no need for him to be his own.  100 points? Wilt Chamberlain only did it because he was a physical freak of nature at the time and shot the ball 63 times.  Humans hadn’t even started getting that large yet.  It would be like if one of us went to the North Pole to take on Santa’ smallest little helper in a game of 1-on-1.

When Kobe scored 81, it felt like he never missed a shot.  He attempted 20 free throws and made 18 of them.  MJ’s career high was 69 points.  He attempted 23 free throws and made 21 of them when he accomplished that feat.  Oh yeah, and he needed overtime to even get that high.  So if Air Jordan scored 69 points as a career high and attempted more free throws than Kobe did when he trumped that total by 12, where exactly is the argument?

The rules have certainly changed, but MJ’s mind must have been buried in a Las Vegas slot machine when he made that claim.  Relax Michael, it’s just a video game.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    It seems like a lot of the most competitive athletes get bitter when they are unable to play the game. Jordan couldn’t handle the new technical foul rules. He’d be out of games in the first quarter with four points!

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I really would like to hear his tone when he said that. Was he screwing around or straight forward? Knowing him, he probably was serious. He really seems to have a chip on his shoulder

  • Anonymous

    Wilt would still be a freak of nature. 7’1, could dunk free throws and bench 315. What man that size nowadays could do that? Even Dwight Howard as amazing a jumper as he is, couldn’t dunk from behind the line. Wilt could do it daily. He’s the best player ever and I don’t want to hear about his ‘competition’ because most of those guys are in the HOF.

  • Anonymous

    Wilt would still be a freak of nature. 7’1, could dunk free throws and bench 315. What man that size nowadays could do that? Even Dwight Howard as amazing a jumper as he is, couldn’t dunk from behind the line. Wilt could do it daily. He’s the best player ever and I don’t want to hear about his ‘competition’ because most of those guys are in the HOF.

  • Gene

    I totally agree with Spinmax about Wilt being the greatest ever, and it’s not even close. However, as far as the 100 point game goes, Wilt did not get there because he took 63 shots. He got there because, uncharacteristically, he made almost all of his free throws, and he was on the line a lot (over 30 times).

    Incidentally, the 100-point game against the Knicks was played in Hershey, Pa. and was not televised. many old timers will tell you they saw that game and almost all of them will be bulls–tting you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rob-Lee-Howard/1432936710 Rob Lee Howard

    jordan scored 69 pts against multi championship boston celtics, one of the best defensive team in the league in that era. kobe scored 81 pts against the toronto raptors…… watch those games again and make another judgement about whose pts were more challanging.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NP3WTIP7PFK35WED62KA4HXKZM Jeff

    Kobe also scored 61 in 3 quarters against a pretty good team at the time.

  • Theo Bush

    Jordan didn’t score 69 pts against the Celtics.  He scored 63 against them in a playoff game which also had two overtime periods.  Jordan’s highest scoring non-overtime game is 61 vs Atlanta in 1987.  That is 20 pts less than the 81 Kobe scored.  Jordan is undoubtedly a better basketball player than Kobe however the one thing he doesn’t do better than Kobe is the reason he could never approach 81 pts in a game.  Kobe is a better three point shooter and obviously this difference is the reason his highest scoring game dwarfs Jordan’s.  For example, in Jordan’s 63 pt game against Boston he didn’t even attempt a three pointer.  In Kobe’s 81 pt game against the Raptors he was 7 out of 13 from three point land.  Kobe is a better long range shooter than Michael and this ability is why Kobe is a more prolific scorer when he gets hot.