“Maybe I Destroyed the Game”: Michael Jordan and His Powerful Message That Still Moves NBA Fans

Published 09/13/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


The NBA has had some incredible players in its illustrious 75-year history. Be it the likes of LeBron James or Kobe Bryant, fans are always up for determining who the real GOAT is. But one name often stands out in the same, Michael Jordan.

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Jordan who made his debut back in 1984 was truly one of a kind. In a generation where centers and forwards dominated the game, it was Jordan who really paved the way for guards and shooting guards to be the go-to players in the team. Given the influence he had on the game, it is easy to see why so many players are inspired by Jordan.

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When Michael Jordan sent a powerful message in an Air Jordan commercial

Jordan might not have played a single game of basketball from 2003, but his impact can still be felt all across the league. One of the biggest ways through which the Bulls’ legend has stayed relevant is the Air Jordan brand. Often releasing some of the best sneakers out there, MJ and Nike’s collaboration has been a big success.

Not only the sneakers stand out, Jordan’s commercials are often the most unique. In one such ad, MJ sent a pretty powerful message to basketball fans all around the world.

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The voiceover of the video goes like, “Maybe it’s my fault, maybe I led you to believe it was easy when it wasn’t. Maybe I made you think my highlights started at the free throw line and not in the gym.”

Jordan adds, “Maybe it’s my fault that you didn’t see that failure gave me strength, that my pain was my motivation. Maybe I led you to believe that basketball was a god given gift and not something I work for every single day of my life. Maybe I destroyed the game or maybe you are just making excuses.”

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Just like Jordan this commercial also was iconic as well. With such an inspirational message, it is easily one of the most beloved Air Jordan commercials. The message certainly paints a true picture about MJ’s character.

If anyone knows how to comeback from a setback, it is ‘His Airness‘. Be it a broken foot injury or coming out of retirement, Jordan was unfazed by challenges. Given his ultra competitiveness, it is easy to see why he is an inspiration to many. Do you think Michael Jordan is the best the game of basketball has ever seen?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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