The most important inductee of course will be Michael Jordan, a man many, including myself, consider to be the greatest player in the history of the game. But as the anticipation of this night has grown, there has been many who have commented on the negative impact Jordan’s Wizard years had on the franchise, as well as his legacy.
To me Jordan’s appearance in a Washington jersey did none of those things. As the saying goes, we are all victims to our expectations. For those who expected a 38-year-old Jordan to become the transcendent superstar he was in the late 90’s got what they had coming, disappointment. For me, however, a young Wizards fan who had never really known winning, Jordan’s return was the greatest thing in the world.
The greatest athlete in history, Michael Jordan, played night after night for Washington fans. Was he the same? No. But the magic was rekindled every few nights and it was always a show.
No matter what the critics may say, Michael still had it:
- Pau Gasol, 3rd pick
- Jason Richardson, 5th pick
- Shane Battier, 6th pick
- Joe Johnson, 7th pick
- Richard Jefferson 13th pick
- Tony Parker 28th.