Next time you want to call Michael Jordan a no-name hack, well, you can, because M.J. once played a game with a No. 12 Chicago Bulls jersey without his name on the back.
It very well could be His Airness’ most under-reported feat of all-time.
Ninety minutes before tipoff of a 1990 Valentine’s Day game against the Orlando Magic, Jordan’s uniform was stolen. As the story goes, Jordan scrambled to find a jersey, going as far as trying on one young fan’s replica. After realizing it made him look like Karl Malone in one of his smedium ensembles, he opted for the alternative: a generic jersey.
Jordan, was well, Jordan, dropping 49 in an overtime loss and easily becoming the best player to ever don the No. 12.
Tom Brady. Terry Bradshaw. Joe Namath. Sorry. You and your eight Super Bowl victories don’t even come close.
But back to the thief. Kudos to you. I hope he/she gifted it their lover and made it the most authentic gift on the fakest of holidays. It edges out the Romance Kit from Adam & Eve – barely.
Jordan’s known to have worn a few jerseys, and this made me curious: What are his career-high for points in each of the jerseys he’s ever worn? Here we go:
No. 9: Team USA – 24 points
No. 12: Chicago Bulls – 49 points
No. 23: Laney High School – 42 points
No. 23: North Carolina – 39 points
No. 23: Chicago Bulls – 69 points
No. 23: All-Star Game – 40 points
No. 23: Washington Wizards – 51 points
No. 45: Chicago Bulls – 55 points
No. 45: Birmingham Barons – 127 G, .202 BA, 3 HR, 51 RBIs, 30 SB, 11 E, 114 K
No. 53: Team USA – ? points (1984 U.S. men’s basketball team trials in Bloomington, Indiana.)
… And then there is this guy, who will wear Jordan on his back until the day he dies.