During his time with Washington Wizards, despite being close to 40, Michael Jordan used to school the new generation of players coming into the league. He would show glimpses of his former self quite often, and that is what he did when scoring 51 points against the Charlotte Hornets at the age of 38. That particular game was of utmost importance to him because, in the previous game, he scored only 8 points and needed to shut down the critics that were bashing him in the media. Former NBA player Baron Davis, a member of the Hornets, remembers that game very well.
In a podcast on the Balldontstop channel, Davis used that game to illustrate how it feels like playing against Michael Jordan. Davis said he and the rest of the team were trying hard to stop Jordan from scoring, but all their efforts made no impact whatsoever.
“I was trying hard, but I was like c’mon dude. He was cooking.”Baron Davis, via Balldontstop
Davis also explained what it’s like when going against Jordan. The problem most players have is that they were big fans of him, and while they are standing and admiring him, he is putting up points after points. Davis believes Jordan is aware of the impact he has every time he steps on the basketball court, which gives him an advantage when playing against anybody in the league.
“I am about to play against Michael Jordan, so you are hyped. He ain’t even tripping because he knows he will bust your ass. You don’t even know how to focus on playing against Michael Jordan. You are hyped, and when you get on the court, you say this is Michael Jordan. The whole time when you are in the game, you are like a fan the whole time. By the time you look up, he got 50. He got 50 on me. It’s a certain level he can go to that not a lot of people can go to.”Baron Davis, via Balldontstop
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