Why are Michael Jordan Fans So Upset With NBA’s Iconic LeBron James Led Advertisement?

Published 10/10/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS – MAY 05: Hall of fame NBA player Michael Jordan looks on during the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Oscar De La Hoya during their WBC super welterweight championship fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena May 5, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather defeated De La Hoya by split decision. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


Over its rich history of 75 years, the NBA has seen some big names dominate the game. Be it the likes of Bill Russell in the 1960s, Michael Jordan in the 90s and now LeBron James in the modern era, the game has had its fair share of great players.

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To celebrate the league and its glory, Adam Silver and co. recently came up with NBA Lane. Featuring the biggest stars the league has ever seen, the NBA lane in its 2:48 duration is probably one of the best tributes we have seen in a while.

From appearances from Hall of Famers like Bill Russell, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving to name a few, to current superstars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum, NBA lane had a filled star cast.

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Michael Jordan missing from the NBA lane advertisement

While it was certainly refreshing to see all the legendary players in one mega collaboration, perhaps the biggest miss from the NBA lane advertisement was that of Michael Jordan.

MJ who arguably is the greatest to play the basketball, won six championships, six Finals MVP, 5 MVPs and 10 scoring titles in his incredible career. Given the incredible number of accolades he has won, it was rather a big surprise to see that the ad did not pay any homage to Jordan and the Bulls.

Given the massive impact Jordan, and the Bulls had in the 90s, one would surely expect them to see in an NBA ad celebrating its 75 years. Even MJ’s fierce rival and Pistons’ legend Isiah Thomas got an appearance in the same.

Jordan fans diss NBA’s latest advertisement

MJ fans were certainly not pleased with the advertisement. Given that the ad was missing an icon, the displeasure from the fans is certainly understandable. Many even claimed that the ad got the wrong Jordan as award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan also features in the advertisement.

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Ever since his retirement from the game, Jordan has been away from the public eye and is absent from social media platforms as well. Given how private the 6-time champion has been about his life, there is a real possibility that Jordan might have declined to appear in the advertisement.

Whatever the case maybe, there is no denying that Jordan was a big miss from the iconic ad. Why do you think Michael Jordan did not feature in the NBA lane commercial? Let us know in the comments section down below.

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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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