August 28, 2009
You know, there was once a time on Ball Don't Lie when it was basically impossible to slip a vintage Michael Jordan video past our radars. We've previously posted YouTube clips of MJ stealing kids' bikes; MJ dunking a head of lettuce; MJ losing a game of one-on-one to some mutual fund CEO; and many more. But a funny thing happened last month — we missed one. A really, really good one.
Via YouTube connoisseur "rairjordan" comes this epic footage of a young Michael playing ball against Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins and Kenny Rogers — yes, that Kenny Rogers! — during the country-singer-cum-chicken-magnate's "Classic Weekend" in 1988. And as if that description wasn't enough, consider that legendary Lakers' play-by-play man Chick Hearn calls the heated three-on-three action. Slam dunk!
Excuse the hyperbole, but "Kenny Rogers puts Jordan in the popcorn machine and hits a 21-footer" is the greatest quote of all time. The crack after Bird's "rafter three" was good, too. Chick Hearn was the best.