Even Jim Carrey didn’t see this many 23′s:
So, Basketball fans, let’s talk about the #23… but first, there once was a man named James Naismith, who created a sport that reflected the game of life, the go getters are the guys who go after the rebounds, the head hanger’s are the guys who give up after misfiring, etc. Well, there was also a man named James, who gave birth to basketball’s version of the number 23, and to quote Krs-One “you might say prove it, well here’s some answers”.
Now, on the Michael Jordan. M is the 13 letter in the Alphabet. When matched up with the letter J (to complete MJ), which is the 10th letter in the alphabet. It equals 23. This man would take part in his first Olympics in 1984, and if you know your history, you know that it was the 23rd Olympics. So there must be a connection right? Well here it is. After Jordan exploded on the scene, the Olympic committee changed the rule and let pro’s in. The did so back in 1992 and called it the Dream Team!! He’d enter the NBA with the Jersey number of 23 and win 2 sets of 3 championships. His sidekick, Scottie Pippen, averaged 23.6 points per game as a Senior at Arkansas , representing the fact that he was scheduled to team w/ #23 to win 6 championships. By the way, Pippen wore the jersey numbered 33, for his 3 and 3 championships, (so Portland didn’t have a chance in 2000 even when it looked like they were headed to the finals then all of a sudden, they could’nt hit a shot).
Speaking of Scottie (Michael Jordan’s running mate), remember when he decided to return to the Bulls at the end of his career in an effort to Trump Jordan’s going out as a Wizard? Well, Scottie played 23 games then suffered his career ending injury… remember when Michael Jordan returned to play with Washington and Ron Artest injured his ribs before the season started? Well, Artest would miss the 1st 23 games of that season. Artest decided for one season to wear the #23, that was his one season winning the Defensive Player of the Year award. He then switched to Rodman’s #91 and that was the season that he was Suspended for the year in Detroit, where Rodman was drafted and won his 1st two tiltles. But back on track. Jordan would score his 30’000th career point against Ron Artest and the Bulls, when returning to Washington.
By the way, he (Jordan) would aslo score his first career point as a bull against Washington. Mike said that he use to have a reoccurring dream that he was an alcoholic that couldn’t quit. Well, as a rookie he would score 2,313 points. The 23 representing his career, the 13 representing coming back with the Wizards. Upon returning from baseball, he switched his number to 45 and then switched back, saying that 45 represented his ending and he wasn’t done yet. In his final game as a bull in the 98 playoffs, Jordan dropped 45 points. Speaking of that game, you might notice that in the famous freeze frame, as he kept his arm up, when the ball hit it’s peak there was 6.6 seconds remaining in the game. Representing Jordan’s 6 championships and 6 finals mvp’s… coincidence? Think back to a freshman Jordan and you’ll see that he entered the scene by hitting the game winner to win the championship!! Could 45 represent his ending? He played two seasons with Washington, both seasons the Wizards would finish with exactly 45 losses. Was Michael not meant to return? Was he meant to stay retired? Upon returning, he averaged 22.9ppg, representing he wasn’t quite #23. Mj’s 1st and final Season with the bulls he had totals of 2313pts & 2357pts, the only two in the 2300 pt. range!
And that was today’s Lesson in Real Math folks! Enjoy the rest of the Season and stay tuned for more Lessons!
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