Considered one of the greatest athletes to ever exist, Michael Jordan and his influence on basketball and sports, in general, is massive. Apart from winning everything on the basketball court, his ventures off the court have made him a global icon.

Despite having retired from the league for some time now, Jordan and his references still rule the game. Whether it is Kyrie Irving with “I took it personally” or Anthony Edwards, they all love to quote the GOAT.


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Edwards is the latest to drop a Michael Jordan reference. After going off against the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter, he referred himself to as ‘Black Jesus’, a nickname Jordan was associated with.

Anthony Edwards gives a Michael Jordan reference

The Minnesota Timberwolves came out on top against the Portland Trail Blazers, thanks to Anthony Edwards. His brilliant performance guided his team to a much-needed win which will be vital for their playoff race.

After his fourth-quarter antics, Anthony Edwards was asked about how he felt during the post-match press conference. Edwards had a hilarious response in store.

He remarked, ” I feel like Black Jesus, yeah”. Edwards gave a Michael Jordan reference here. Jordan once famously called himself Black Jesus which became a nickname for him.

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Why was Jordan known as Black Jesus?

Michael Jordan has been referred to using many nicknames throughout his career. The nickname ‘Black Jesus’ was revealed by Reggie Miller. Miller talked about the story behind the name during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Jordan was already a household name, and he decided to put the young star in his place. During a pre-season game in 1987, the Indiana Pacers took on the Chicago Bulls. Before the match, a Pacers player decided to trash talk MJ. He said, “Can you believe Michael Jordan, the guy everyone’s talking about, who’s supposed to be able to walk on water? You’re out here killing him, Reg !”

Jordan responded on the court. He ended up with 44 points during the game and as he was walking off, Jordan mentioned, “Be careful, you never talk to Black Jesus like that.” That’s the origin behind the Black Jesus nickname of Jordan.

Anthony Edwards against the TrailBlazers

Although D’Angelo Russell got the winning points against the Portland Trailblazers, it was the young star Anthony Edwards who led them to that point.


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He dropped 40 points, 9 rebounds, and 0 assists! 14 of his points came in the fourth quarter itself. His performance ensured consecutive victories for the Timberwolves in Portland since the 2004-05 season.

Edwards also became only the second 20 year old in NBA history to get 40 points without an assist, after Carmelo Anthony of the Los Angeles Lakers.


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