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That time Michael Jordan lost to Larry Bird in a 3-on-3 tournament organized by Kenny Rogers


Playing in various basketball tournaments was common back in the ’80s, and NBA superstars often participated in such events. A famous songwriter and singer, Kenny Rogers, organized such a three-on-three tournament for charity back in 1988. He was able to get Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins, Larry Bird, and Isiah Thomas to show out, which meant the fans were in for a treat.

The tournament didn’t disappoint, with players being competitive as if it was a normal game in the NBA and not a charity event. Jordan started the match with a put-back dunk while talking some trash talking to Wilkins. Kenny Rogers followed that up with a brilliant pump-fake that not many players have sold on Jordan in his career.

That pissed of Jordan, who continued to play like it’s a playoff-type game and not a charity game that included 50-year-old people. In the later stage of the tournament, there was a direct matchup between Jordan and Bird. They were constantly going after each other like it’s a game 7.

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