Bradley Beal Channels His Inner Michael Jordan With Sensational Reverse Layup Against Phoenix Suns

Published 01/12/2021, 8:52 AM EST
Dec 29, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) gestures during the first half against the Chicago Bulls at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


Michael Jordan was an absolute terror in his prime. In the olden days of 80s and 90s basketball, Michael Jordan added finesse, style, and class to a game that was always considered thuggish. He had the frame and athleticism to compete with the guys that built that reputation, while he also had the skill to show where the sport was headed.

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One of MJ’s signature moves around the rim was a reverse layup. Jordan would use it to confuse opposing big men who go looking for a clean blocked shot. As their hand comes towards MJ for the block, he takes the ball from under the rim and releases the shot from the other side. Here is a good example of it.

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However, the Jordan moves still haunt the game in 2021. We saw Jamal Murray pull out a whole bag of Jordan-esque tricks in the 2020 Playoffs. Now one of the leading scorers of this season, Bradley Beal has decided to do the same.

Beal busted out a reverse layup in the Washington Wizards game against the contending Phoenix Suns. The Wizards had a big 21-point win to halt their horrible start to the season, with Beal providing 34 points on his own.

Michael Jordan: Lasting impact on the league?

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Though you can say that every legend leaves an impact on the game, MJ is no different. The older guard in the NBA grew up watching and idolizing Jordan. While the newer guard had Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to look up to, the fascination with Jordan just doesn’t die.

DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images)

After all, MJ is possibly the greatest individual winner in the history of the game. He has won almost every trophy possible. from championships to MVPs to Finals MVPs to scoring titles and even a Defensive Player of the Year award. What Jordan did in his time as a player has inspired generations of fans and athletes.

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Bradley Beal did something that a lot of people wanted to do. He played the game in a way he got to ‘Be Like Mike‘.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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