The NBA Top 75 players were released in October last year. It ranked the select few who made the list, including past and present superstars. Kevin Garnett, one of those in the Top 75 named, shared what it was like witnessing Michael Jordan and how his surprise appearance shut everyone up.
“He done killed everybody in the room”
Unsurprisingly, Kevin Garnett made it in the Top 75 list, armed with an MVP and a championship. A mix of past and present players who Michael Jordan either destroyed or inspired was there. KG shared what it was like witnessing MJ come to the surprise of everyone.
In a room full of elites, MJ was still the top dog. That night, all of them had one thing on their mind: Jordan’s presence made it feel like he still occupied the throne even after years away from the game.
Michael Jordan is still the top dog
There are those who believe that once LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the all-time scoring list, he will become the undisputed GOAT of basketball. Kobe Bryant loyalists claim The Black Mamba had overtaken MJ in that discussion, while the OGs and boomers believe Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, or Kareem should be the greatest. But Jordan shut down discussions or debates by showing up to the Top 75 celebration.
Mike is notoriously elusive, and he didn’t like showing up at events that he didn’t really need to be in. He has the money and fame to ignore invites that he thinks wouldn’t serve his image or brand well. Jordan was number one on the Top 75 list of the NBA, and whether or not he appeared in the event, he would still be the top dog among all of them.
The 6-time champion showing up unannounced is a classic MJ move. He still plays mind games with everyone. As Garnett mentioned, the former Chicago Bulls guard’s presence alone made it different, and he made sure to make his presence felt. Like a true king, Jordan came and conquered the grand stage once again.