I find that sometimes my writing can be a little too serious, and it’s not always appropriate. But this one is too good to not share with you. It’s a story about Michael Jordan and another NBA player George Gervin.
Back in 2001, an interview between NBA legend Michael Jordan and NBA legend George Gervin was the talk of NBA circles after Gervin claimed he was once asked by Michael how he could have put a move on him such as the infamous charge he did on Jordan in the 1984 NBA playoffs.
George Gervin was an early version of Michael Jordan. A scoring machine, Gerwyn used his patented agility to win four NBA titles in five years with the San Antonio Spurs. Jerwin’s college basketball career ended when he was suspended in the 1972 NCAA college division semifinals for beating Jay Piccola of Roanoke College. When Gerwyn and Jordan were teammates in the NBA for a year, Jordan asked him about the incident, to which the Iceman gave his classic answer.
Portrait of George Gervin, defender for the San Antonio Spurs. Gerwyn, better known as the Iceman, was a four-time top scorer in the league and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Gerwyn played 10 seasons in the NBA after spending several years playing for two teams in the ABA. He spent nine of those NBA seasons with the Spurs, where he was a four-time scoring champion and All-Star in each season.
Before the 1985-86 season, Jordan’s second year in the league, the Spurs traded Jervyn to the Bulls. Jordan only played in 18 regular season games this year after breaking his leg. Although Gerwyn is not as productive as he used to be, he still manages to score a lot of points, averaging 16.2 points per game. He played in all 82 games and was a starter in 75 of them.
When the Bulls acquired Jerwin, he didn’t see himself as the final piece of the puzzle to help them win the title. The Bulls have yet to blossom with Jordan, who has only been in the league for a year. No. (Jordan) was too young, Gerwyn said in an interview after the 2017 game. He just found himself. Then he got injured and I took his place.
When Gervin played college basketball for Eastern Michigan, his team was in the semifinals of the NCAA division in 1972. Gervin played two seasons at Gurona and averaged 26.8 points per game. During the tournament, Gerwyn defeated Jay Piccola of Roanoke, resulting in an immediate suspension.
‘I thought it was terrible that it happened,’ Gerwyn said, as reported by Sports Illustrated, ‘but it turned out to be positive because my whole career started after that.
The following season, Gervin was not allowed to play due to a testing violation, so he played in the Continental Basketball League for $500 a month. I lived off my job and had my own car, says Gerwyn. I was happy.
Two years after Gerwyn and Jordan met in Chicago, they met again on the set of the TV show Greatest Sports Legends. Jordan then started talking about the surprise attack. Gerwyn didn’t seem to have a problem with it.
Ice, if you had the chance to do it all over again, what would you do differently? Jordan asked, according to Sports Illustrated.
Throw left, Gervin replied, and they both burst into laughter.
42 YEARS LATER
Highest scoring game in NBA history: Skywalker against the ice!
After David Thompson scored 73 points (28-38 FG), George Gervin needed 58 points to win the title.
He scored 53 points in the first half and finished with 63 points (23-49 FG, 0 3PTS).
– Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) April 9, 2020
Gerwyn made his NBA debut in 1976. He played for the Spurs in the ABA and stayed with them when the leagues merged. In his first season in the NBA, he averaged 23.1 points per game with 54 percent shooting from the field. The next three years he won the NBA Player of the Year award. He averaged 33.1 points per game in the 1979-80 season.
He missed out on the title the following season, averaging 27.1 points. He returned to the top of the scoring charts in the 1981-82 season, scoring 32.3 points per game.
Did he ever think about coming back for another year and playing a full season with Jordan?
Not at all, he said in an interview with Post Game. I went abroad. One game a week, Sunday at 5pm, 30 games in 30 weeks. I liked it. I got a good check and lived in Italy. He left with 190 pounds and came back with 240 pounds. The food was good, the child went to school, the woman was happy. Come on, man. Now it was my turn.
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