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When Michael Jordan Threw A Free Throw With His Eyes Shut

When Michael Jordan Threw A Free Throw With His Eyes Shut

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and he wasn't above showing off his skills to taunt his opponents.

The Chicago Bulls legend won six Championships with the side, coming in two spells and winning three in-a-row twice, being the NBA Finals MVP on all six occasions.

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Jordan had incredible ability on the court and he could even score free throws with his eyes shut, something he did to mock a rival once.

The incident took place in 1991 when the Bulls were facing the Denver Nuggets and the sides famous number 23 scored 37 points in the game.

He did however fail to dunk against then rookie Dikembe Mutombo and the Congolese born player explained in an interview with Pete Holmes in 2014 that Jordan attempted the free throw in Mutombo's honour.

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The rivalry between the pair didn't end their though and actually continued into MJ's second stint as a basketball player in 1997.

After Jordan had saved the world in Space Jam a year earlier he was filmed having a conversation with Mutombo in the changing room in the Eastern Conference team's locker room before the 1997 NBA All Star Game.

The two men discussed whether or not Jordan had ever dunked on the Atlanta Hawk with the centre saying 'For real Mike, you haven't got me yet.'

MJ responded saying 'Don't even try it' before agreeing he hadn't got Mutombo 'recently,' much to the Hawk's player's annoyance.

The next time they faced Jordan made sure he did dunk on his rival and then made sure that Mutombo was aware of what just happened.

Jordan is considered the greatest NBA star of all time and fans of the legend can relive part of his career today on Netflix.

The streaming service airs 'The Last Dance' documentary series, which documents behind the scenes coverage of the Chicago Bulls' 1997-98 season, which was Jordan's last with the team, in his second spell there.

He retired for the second time after winning the NBA championship in 1998, before coming out of retirement again in 2001 to play for the Washington Wizards.

The first retirement came in 1993 and he had a stint in Minor League Baseball, before being brought out of retirement by the Looney Tunes to face the Monstarz, and you can also watch the Space Jam documentary about that chapter of his career on Netflix from Monday.

Topics: Space Jam, Basketball, Basketball News, NBA, nba news, American sports, US Sports, Michael Jordan, USA

Ryan Sidle

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