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How Michael Jordan Saved the League

SarahCorrespondent IDecember 8, 2008

When Michael Jordan first came into the league, there were moderately high expectations, but no one thought he would "save the league," or become the best player ever. However, during the first round playoffs in 1986, he made it clear he was going to leave his mark on the NBA.

During the first round of the playoffs, the dominant Celtics faced the upstart Chicago Bulls and their young star, Michael Jordan. In a packed Boston Garden, Jordan put up 63 points against one of the best teams in NBA history. He singlehandedly forced triple overtime before the Celtics outlasted the Bulls with a 135-131 win.

As someone who was at the Garden that day, I refer to this game as Jordan's "coming-out" party. Despite playing one of the best teams ever assembled and with all eyes on him, Jordan managed to simply take over the game. Every time the Bulls came down the court you knew Jordan was going to get the ball. And they still could not stop him.

By the end of the game, the Celtics’ fans were cheering for Jordan. We knew we were seeing something extraordinary. From that moment on, I knew Jordan would take over the NBA, and find a way to win championships.

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