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What was Michael Jordan's greatest basketball moment?

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Trying to pick Michael Jordan's greatest basketball moment is a practice akin to choosing God's most perfect creation. Sure, the obvious answer is Natalie Portman, but then you start to really think about it and eventually realize that Mt. Everest is pretty sweet, too.

Still, choosing Jordan's greatest moment is exactly what Gatorade is asking hoops fans to do in honor of MJ's September induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

michael-jordan-final-shot.JPGLeading the pack at the moment is Jordan's final shot as a Bull (right) -- a championship-clincher against the Utah Jazz in 1998. In a distant second is "The Shot" that sank Cleveland in the 1989 playoffs. Next (and the humble choice of this writer) is Jordan's first title celebration where he weeps while clutching the championship trophy. It's my favorite because I knew at that moment, as an 11-year-old undersized dork in the suburbs with joyous tears streaming down his face, that Michael Jordan and I were doing the same thing at the same time.

Other contenders include:

  • "The shrug" game against Portland in the 1992 finals where he hit six threes in the first half.
  • Winning the 1996 title on Father's Day.
  • Dunking on the Knicks at the Garden.
  • The cradle drunk during his 1984 rookie year.
  • Dropping 63 points in the 1986 playoffs against the Celtics.
  • Scoring 55 points against the Knicks in 1995 shortly after his comeback.

This list reads like a where-were-you biography of the childhood/adolescent experience I shared with so many of the guys I grew up with. But did Gatorade leave any of his top moments out? How about announcing his return to the NBA with the words, "I'm back." Or perhaps the up-and-under scoop in the '91 finals that prompted Marv Albert to yell, "Oh, a spec-tac-u-lar move!"

Tell us your favorite MJ moment in the comment section below. And don't forget to visit the Gatorade Facebook page to register your vote for MJ's greatest moment. If you're at least 18, you can enter to win a trip to the Hall of Fame ceremony to see His Airness get inducted next month.

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Don't forget about Jordan knocking the ball out of Malone's hands under the basket in Utah during the last minute of the 97 finals. That's my favorite.

Uncanny, I was just watching old Michael Jordan clips yesterday and thinking "does anyone even remember Michael Jordan, damn I feel old". Thanks for answering this... NOBODY who lived though it will EVER forget Michael Jordan's reign. My favorite MJ moment was that game when he completely dominated despite having "flu-like symptoms" (as marv albert reminded us several thousand times during the course of the game.. yyyyesssssssssss). PURE HEART!

Uncanny, I was just watching old Michael Jordan clips yesterday and thinking "does anyone even remember Michael Jordan, damn I feel old". Thanks for answering this... NOBODY who lived though it will EVER forget Michael Jordan's reign. My favorite MJ moment was that game when he completely dominated despite having "flu-like symptoms" (as marv albert reminded us several thousand times during the course of the game.. yyyyesssssssssss). PURE HEART!

MJ is simply the greatest of all time, maybe in any sport. It is fitting that he has his own exhibit in the hall. 6 for 6 will never be surpassed. The competitive fire is unmatched.

Best moment for me is the push off shot vs. the Jazz in game 6.

Perhaps his shot that became known as "The Shot" ...I think it was 1989 I don't remember. But this shot was amazing and it was literally almost IMPOSSIBLE for the Bulls to win this game. There was not enough time left on the clock to even make a shot...yet MJ made the shot and won. It was surreal.

Also, his Con game where he made (I think) 51 or 55 points against the Knicks to show Jeff Van Gundy that you don't mess with MJ.

Anyways Michael Jordan is forever in my heart. After he retired for the last time, I loved him a thousand times more than when he was playing. He became part of my past and my childhood adn youth!

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