Basketball legend Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. During those years in Chicago and Washington DC, Jordan achieved numerous accolades and is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player ever.
For example, he is a 14-time all-star, has six NBA championships, is a 5-time Most Valuable Player, 6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 3-time All-Star MVP, 10-time scoring champion, 10-time All-NBA First Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, 2-time Olympic Gold Medal Winner, NBA Defensive Play of the Year, and an NCAA National Championship at the University of North Carolina.
He is also widely seen as the best basketball player of all-time, but if you ask him, he doesn’t want the title because it is disrespectful to the players that came before him, according to CBS Sports’ Chris Bengel.
“I don’t want it in a sense because I think it disrespects Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West—you know all the guys that prior to me I never had a chance to play against,” Jordan said. “What everybody is saying I am, I never had the chance to compete against other legends that were prior to me. When I hear it, I cringe a little bit because it’s a little bit embarrassing because no one knows. I never had the chance to, once again, to play against those guys. I would love to have played against them, but I never did. And for you to say that I’m better than him … I mean it’s your opinion; it’s their opinion. I accept that as their opinion. If you ask me, I would never say that I am the greatest player. That’s because I never played against all the people that represented the league prior to Michael Jordan.”
With that being said, we here at ONE37pm have decided to name the top 35 quotes that one of the NBA’s most pulverizing figures said throughout his life and career.