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.
Leading 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.