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Kstat
04-19-2008, 04:50 PM
Maybe I destroyed the game, and maybe you're just making excuses.

Beautiful. Glad to see Jordan address his impact on basketball as it is today.

That's right up there with Barkley's "I'm not a role model" ad. Controversial, but sends a great message.

Kstat
04-19-2008, 04:55 PM
here it is on youtube for those who missed it.

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AesopRockOn
04-19-2008, 04:59 PM
And his best acting since......well, let's just say the voiceover was a good idea.

Hicks
04-19-2008, 05:01 PM
It really is a great commercial.

ajbry
04-19-2008, 05:09 PM
Let Your Game Speak > all.

Although this is definitely one of the better Jordan commercials.

JayRedd
04-19-2008, 05:20 PM
Maybe I destroyed the game, and maybe you're just making excuses.

Yup...That's amazing.

Stryder
04-19-2008, 05:52 PM
Fantastic. Seriously.

Anthem
04-19-2008, 08:53 PM
How is it controversial?

pizza guy
04-19-2008, 09:07 PM
How is it controversial?

Because there's the on-going debate about MJ. Whether or not having one super-mega-giant-ungodly star that put the world on his shoulders and beat it, was a good thing. People say that MJ defied and destroyed the "team" aspect of basketball. That's where the controversy is. Are those people right? Or are they just making excuses?

It really is a great commercial.

Anthem
04-19-2008, 11:16 PM
Because there's the on-going debate about MJ. Whether or not having one super-mega-giant-ungodly star that put the world on his shoulders and beat it, was a good thing. People say that MJ defied and destroyed the "team" aspect of basketball. That's where the controversy is. Are those people right? Or are they just making excuses?
I get that. What I don't get is what in the commercial people could object to.

Robertmto
04-19-2008, 11:46 PM
This is hands down the best Jordan commercial ever, well up there with Lars at least :p

JayRedd
04-20-2008, 12:02 AM
Yall clearly don't remember Johnny Kilroy or Motorboat Jones.

pizza guy
04-20-2008, 12:02 AM
I get that. What I don't get is what in the commercial people could object to.

I suppose the commercial itself isn't controversial, but what it's about is.

duke dynamite
04-20-2008, 02:43 AM
Really nice. I love it. Wasn't much of a Jordan fan, but it is a well-done commercial.

andreialta
04-20-2008, 03:01 AM
this is almost as good as the one when he was getting out from the car and walking towards the arena

Pacersfan46
04-20-2008, 03:19 AM
I wish I was a little bit older. I was too busy being a young kid, loving Reggie and had a natural hatred for Jordan through most of his career.

I really, really wish I was a little older, so I could have appreciated what I was able to see, as I do now with Lebron, Kobe, and what I hope I'll see from Chris Paul.

-- Steve --

N8R
04-20-2008, 05:45 AM
Great commercial. I like the post Jordan in the NBA commercials a lot better than when he was playing.

bellisimo
04-20-2008, 06:32 AM
become legendary?
sounds like someone has been watching their share of HIMYM....

travmil
04-20-2008, 06:49 AM
People say that MJ defied and destroyed the "team" aspect of basketball.

Fair enough. I say the Spurs and Pistons brought it back.

aceace
04-20-2008, 08:38 AM
Now that I've reached "legendary" status as a poster on PD, I can really appreciate MJs new commercial.

pacerwaala
04-20-2008, 09:26 AM
Because there's the on-going debate about MJ. Whether or not having one super-mega-giant-ungodly star that put the world on his shoulders and beat it, was a good thing. People say that MJ defied and destroyed the "team" aspect of basketball. That's where the controversy is. Are those people right? Or are they just making excuses?

It really is a great commercial.

Is it? Never heard of this debate. Can you post any link?

JayRedd
04-20-2008, 12:16 PM
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This pretty much sums it up, pwaala.

A whole generation basically grew up trying to do the things that MJ could do. They wanted to drive by everybody, take every last second shot and generally become utterly unstoppable. And the main problem was, for most of these guys, they were talented to do exactly that throughout youth ball, high school and AAU. Back then, they were like Mike.

Then, they got to the NBA.

But they failed to realize that in the League they were not even remotely like Mike. They were, in fact, Ricky Davis. They were Isaiah Rider. They were Steve Francis. They were Stephon Marbury.

But they didn't adjust their styles of play from the days of high school, AAU or NCAA domination once they got to the League. They just kept playing under the delusion that they were enough better than their teammates that they legitimately deserved to take horrible shots like flipping the ball over your head and constant, closely guarded fadaways. The mentality was like "Hey MJ made them all the time...and I make them once in a while."

People started to think that because they were the most athletic and skilled guard on the team, they were allowed to take any shot they wanted and that if it didn't work out, "Oh well, it's not like any of these other scrubs can score any better."

Meanwhile, these guys never thought to check that even when MJ was averaging 35 ppg in the NBA he was shooting 54%. They were completely happy with their 24 ppg on 42% shooting.

To them...that was "Like Mike."

Watching MJ's success also made them think that, not only was it fine to take any and every bad shot, but because they were the best guard on the floor, it was also their divine right to every last shot.

That "hero complex" (Sports Guy's term...not mine) was probably the worst part of all this to me. And ironically, it was probably most egregiously displayed by MJ's apprentice, Scottie Pippen, that time he refused to go into the game when Phil drew up a last second play for Kukoc (who famously drilled the shot and made Scottie look even worse). But for this "Be Like Mike" generation, taking that last shot is a badge of honor. Since Mike could just dribble out the clock and then pull up and hit the jumper without fail, they thought they can do that too.

And that's still the prevalent mentality throughout the League.

Sure, Kobe, Bron, DWade and Manu are borderline capable of doing it effectively (and, yes, strategically it is a good plan if the game is tied), but guys like Arenas, TMac and Paul Pierce have also been doing it for years even though their success rates are probably under 1/3 (and yes, Gilbert did have like three sick ones from three-point range two years ago).

Anyway, MJ's ability and success created this "best player gets the last shot" mentality -- even if it's partial BS when you look at the Paxson shot, the Kerr shot and his dump off to Horace (I think) in his first game back against us.

Los Angeles
04-20-2008, 12:40 PM
Not one d*** joke JayRedd??? :unimpress You're losing your edge.











(In other words, great post m'man :) )

BoomBaby31
04-20-2008, 06:10 PM
Because there's the on-going debate about MJ. Whether or not having one super-mega-giant-ungodly star that put the world on his shoulders and beat it, was a good thing. People say that MJ defied and destroyed the "team" aspect of basketball. That's where the controversy is. Are those people right? Or are they just making excuses?

It really is a great commercial.

I think slowly but surely it is getting back to team basketball. Anyone watch the Jazz game last night? Talk about team basketball, there isn't a better definition. Every True contender this year has a team around them, from Kobe to Hypebron.

Love the commercial though, Michael Jordan set the bar too high. He was way ahead of his time and will always be the greatest because he was the originator. Like Michael Jackson with dance and pop music.

tdubb03
04-20-2008, 06:44 PM
Man, woulda thunk Mike would have donated some cash to his old HS for some nicer facilities.

Roaming Gnome
04-20-2008, 07:08 PM
Excellent commercial... Personally it is hard to believe that its been a decade since Jordan retired from the Bulls.

rexnom
04-20-2008, 08:07 PM
I thought last year's (?) "let your game speak" commercial was better...goosebump worthy...it also gave us "kid with eerily awesome dejected Cliff Robinson impression."

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JayRedd
04-20-2008, 08:21 PM
The Ehlo kid deserves Best Supporting Actor.

And, yeah, that's the best commercial ever easily. Was well more than a year ago though.

Ownagedood
04-20-2008, 08:24 PM
Ya, I saw it yesterday.. All I could think was "wow." It was like a breath taking commercial..lol

Growing up as a kid I was a Jordan lover. He was awesome.

rexnom
04-20-2008, 08:42 PM
The Ehlo kid deserves Best Supporting Actor.

And, yeah, that's the best commercial ever easily. Was well more than a year ago though.
Years just kind of melt together for me.

Stryder
04-20-2008, 09:10 PM
Man, woulda thunk Mike would have donated some cash to his old HS for some nicer facilities.

Kinda like what you would think Mr. Bird would do for Springs Valley.

Dr. Goldfoot
04-21-2008, 01:34 AM
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JayRedd
04-21-2008, 02:13 AM
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tdubb03
04-21-2008, 03:21 AM
Kinda like what you would think Mr. Bird would do for Springs Valley.

Is Springs Valley still in existence?

Side note: I went to a casino in the French Lick area that had recently gone through an extreme remodeling, and as we pulled off the interstate we saw this massive Taj Mahal like-structure with cranes and whatnot surrounding it. My legitimate first thought was it was Larry Bird's house. Ended up being a hotel.

rexnom
04-21-2008, 04:14 AM
The Ehlo kid deserves Best Supporting Actor.

And, yeah, that's the best commercial ever easily. Was well more than a year ago though.
Eh...I'm still picking Cliff Robinson kid.

travmil
04-21-2008, 08:15 AM
Kinda like what you would think Mr. Bird would do for Springs Valley.

Bird bought a new floor and bleachers for Springs Valley years ago before they consolidated and closed it. The center of his high school court was hanging on the wall at the Boston Connection in Terre Haute for years.

JayRedd
04-21-2008, 10:40 AM
Eh...I'm still picking Cliff Robinson kid.

You're completely overlooking the physical difficulty of the windmill-arm-wave/collapse-like-your-bones-disappeared sequence.

Lilttle man nailed it like it was a Fire! Sale audition.

MyFavMartin
04-21-2008, 12:45 PM
I thought last year's (?) "let your game speak" commercial was better...goosebump worthy...it also gave us "kid with eerily awesome dejected Cliff Robinson impression."

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Where's the push-off?

rexnom
04-21-2008, 01:46 PM
You're completely overlooking the physical difficulty of the windmill-arm-wave/collapse-like-your-bones-disappeared sequence.

Lilttle man nailed it like it was a Fire! Sale audition.
I'm giving it to you because of the Tobias reference. I'm that easy.

However, I'm giving Cliff Robinson kid and "MJ-kid that looks like a young Stephen Jackson" honorable mention.

avoidingtheclowns
04-21-2008, 02:06 PM
You're completely overlooking the physical difficulty of the windmill-arm-wave/collapse-like-your-bones-disappeared sequence.

Lilttle man nailed it like it was a Fire! Sale audition.

embedding Hulu doesn't seem to be working so i'll just...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/1296/arrested-development-fire-sale#x-4,vclip,17

JayRedd
04-21-2008, 03:02 PM
And...Scene. [bow]

Stryder
04-21-2008, 05:35 PM
Bird bought a new floor and bleachers for Springs Valley years ago before they consolidated and closed it. The center of his high school court was hanging on the wall at the Boston Connection in Terre Haute for years.

I'm not sure what you are talking about because Springs Valley High School is still in existence and students attend the school every year. No consolidation has ever taken place. It is still as crappy as ever there.

Stryder
04-21-2008, 05:36 PM
Is Springs Valley still in existence?

Side note: I went to a casino in the French Lick area that had recently gone through an extreme remodeling, and as we pulled off the interstate we saw this massive Taj Mahal like-structure with cranes and whatnot surrounding it. My legitimate first thought was it was Larry Bird's house. Ended up being a hotel.

Yes, it is still in existence. It is still open; no consolidation has ever taken place. There are 3 schools in Orange County: Orleans, Paoli, and Springs Valley High School.

Yes, that structure is referred to as The Dome.

travmil
04-21-2008, 09:32 PM
I'm not sure what you are talking about because Springs Valley High School is still in existence and students attend the school every year. No consolidation has ever taken place. It is still as crappy as ever there.

Ok, but he did buy the bleachers and floor. My high school coach was also Bird's high school coach, so he coached there and knows. And the center of the court WAS at the Boston connection because I shot hoops right next to it more times than I can count. And the mini court at the BC was made of the rest of the old Springs Valley court. I just assumed they finally closed that school.

JayRedd
04-21-2008, 09:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oACRt-Qp-s

rexnom
04-21-2008, 09:48 PM
What the **** is Mike wearing? Jesus man. Bill Cosby called. He wants his sweater back.

sweabs
04-21-2008, 11:27 PM
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My 55 year old Uncle called. He wants his backhair back, Mr. Bird.

JayRedd
04-22-2008, 07:09 AM
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rexnom
04-22-2008, 03:03 PM
Excellent ESPN the magazine commercial...

Meanwhile, in light of white people loving Mos Def...I hereby present my second favorite Jordan commercial:

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JayRedd
04-22-2008, 03:14 PM
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AesopRockOn
04-22-2008, 06:19 PM
From Steve Nash's production company:

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Naptown_Seth
04-23-2008, 12:03 AM
Maybe I destroyed the game, and maybe you're just making excuses.

Beautiful. Glad to see Jordan address his impact on basketball as it is today.

That's right up there with Barkley's "I'm not a role model" ad. Controversial, but sends a great message.
So they recorded his halftime speech to the Bobcats and made it into a commercial?

;) :D

Naptown_Seth
04-23-2008, 12:13 AM
I'm giving it to you because of the Tobias reference. I'm that easy.
Ditto.

"Would you like to try that a little....simpler, maybe?"
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"No."