Skip to main content

MICHAEL JORDAN'S REACTION TO Larry Bird's shooting clinic at the 1988 three-point contest

larry bird 3 point (1)

Larry Bird won three consecutive three-point contests, but none was more dramatic than the one that took place at the Chicago Stadium in 1988. After making it to the second round, Bird found his rhythm and delivered one of the most memorable shooting performances ever seen in three-point contest history.

His contest was so spectacular that he did it in his Boston Celtics top but also because of his second-round performance when he scored 23 points. The stadium gave him a standing ovation, and they were not the only ones who were impressed by Bird’s shooting ability. Allowing himself a small smile, the rarely-satisfied Bird sat between Ainge and Schrempf, knowing he was back in the finals.

Michael Jordan, who was watching the contest in the backstage with reporters, couldn’t believe what he saw. Bird was hitting one shot after the other, and you could see on Jordan’s face this is something he doesn’t experience every day despite being one of the best players in the NBA. The most surprising thing for Jordan was that Bird didn’t even take his top off during the entire contest.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

“He didn’t take off his top yet. I’d hate to see when he takes off his top. I tell you, it’s hard to shoot after Bird just made 23.”

Michael Jordan

Bird would face off against Dale Ellis in the final round and delivered an excellent shooting performance that won him the contest. They were both tied, and with five seconds left on the clock, Bird released the money ball that went in, and he celebrated his victory by pointing his right index finger in the air.

Too Short believes Jay Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

Too Short believes Jay-Z's remake of 'Blow The Whistle' was more than just a diss song: 'I think he was thinking about signing LeBron'

In 2008, Jay Z did a remake of Too Short's "Blow the Whistle" as a response to DeShawn Stevenson's "overrated" dig at LeBron James. The message was on point but Too Short thinks it was more than just a diss song

Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant's rap skills: 'Sounded like Stephen A. Smith would rap'

Dwyane Wade on Kobe Bryant's rap skills: 'Sounded like Stephen A. Smith would rap'

Whenever Dwyane Wade hears Kobe Bryant rap, he also think about Stephen A. Smith.

Bill Simmons on the Rudy Gobert trade - “Gonna spend the next 48 hours…wondering if Minnesota just made the most inexplicable NBA overpay trade of all time”

Bill Simmons blasts the Rudy Gobert trade: "Minnesota just made the most inexplicable NBA overpay trade of all time"

Bill Simmons said he believes this may be one of the most inexplicable overpays in NBA history, and chances are, he is right

Instagram model Yasmine Lopez confirms she dated Carmelo Anthony: 'I was literally sitting next to him in the bed'

Instagram model Yasmine Lopez confirms she dated Carmelo Anthony: 'I was literally sitting next to him in the bed'

Carmelo Anthony's marriage with LaLa fell apart primarily due to his alleged unfaithfulness. Years after their divorce, one of Melo's rumored side chicks opened up.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving

”He went back to the Nets with his tail between his legs. Why can't we just say that?” — Bill Simmons calls a spade a spade about Kyrie Irving's free agency

While discussing media coverage of NBA Free Agency, and all of its absurdities, Bill Simmons reflected on Shams' "embarrassing" myth-building around Kyrie Irving.

North Carolina Tar Heels guard Michael Jordan

The “first person to discover Michael Jordan” describes how North Carolina reacted to MJ

According to Roy Williams, you don’t really need to have an eye for a new prospect to notice a young Jordan, who was simply known as “Mike” at the time.