You can't tell the story of Michael Jordan's iconic NBA career without mentioning his equally iconic switch-hands layup. But according to Nick Wright, you should. Because if you ask the Fox Sports' NBA analyst about it, a move glorified by many is somehow overrated.
Wright gave us a sneak peek at his controversial take days ago with a Tweet. He expanded on it in the latest episode of "What's Wright?"
"It has been absolutely forced down our throats for 30 years as if this is one of the greatest moments in NBA history. It flatly is not," Nick said.
One of the most acrobatic scoring moves since Julius Erving's under-the-basket layup happened in Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals. With the Bulls down 1-0 to the Lakers, in the process of blowing out the Purple and Gold in the 4th quarter of Game 2 and regaining control over the series, Jordan went up with the ball, switched hands mid-air, and tossed it off the backboard for the layup leading to Marv Albert's legendary call and the crowd's reaction that still resonates today, over three decades later.
But for all the wrong reasons, according to Wright.
Mythologizing Michael Jordan
"Jordan might be the greatest player ever," Nick said. "But that doesn't mean we have to mythologize everything about him."
If you think about the highlights you see forever throughout NBA history, they are these amazing feats of athleticism, and then a couple of basic-ass Jordan plays.
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Whether it's Erving's aforementioned baseline scoop, Steph Curry's magical game-winner against OKC in 2016, LeBron James' iconic block on Andre Iguodala, Shaquille O'Neal's backboard-shattering dunk, or any other legendary play in NBA history, the standard for joining this elite company is high. And according to Wright, some of MJ's highlight plays do meet them -- the free-throw line dunk from the 1987 Dunk Contest for example. But the switch-hands layup doesn't.
And not only that, but his dunk over Patrick Ewing is another play "The Jordan iconographers" have undeservedly made iconic. And according to Nick, none of the two stand the test of time.
"What am I looking at?" Wright continued. "An unnecessary switch hands in the air layup. It's enough. A guy can be maybe the greatest ever and not everything he did is the greatest ever. I'm not a hater; I'm wright," he added.