Donovan Mitchell Refutes Knicks Legend’s Iconic NBA Moment: “People Say He Dunked Over Michael Jordan. I Don’t Think Michael Was in the Frame”

Published 12/19/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Utah Jazz’s John Stockton, left, and Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan fight for a rebound in the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 5, 1998. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-88, tying the best-of seven series 1-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)


Younger NBA players often look up to Michael Jordan as one of the greatest players of all time. The NBA marketed the Chicago Bulls and Jordan to a worldwide audience, which helped develop his brand and appeal to younger players. Alongside inspiring the younger generation, Jordan also created rivals out of his opponents. A current NBA player commented on one opponent dunking on Jordan.

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Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz reacted to the famous dunk in a YouTube video. Mitchell featured in the video, which showed NBA players – past and present – react to iconic NBA moments. The dunk by John Starks for the New York Knicks against the Chicago Bulls elicited a response by Mitchell in which he defended Jordan.

Mitchell said, “That is John Starks, man. He’s a good guy. I like John. People say he dunked on Michael. I don’t know about that. I don’t know if Michael was in the frame, I mean, he was in the frame, but I don’t know if he was under him, though. Don’t know if I would count that.”

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Starks rose to fame while playing for the Knicks between 1990 to 1998. He started his career in 1988 with the Golden State Warriors. Interestingly enough, Starks went on to play for the Bulls in the 1999- 2000 season but for only 4 games. By that time, Jordan had already left the Bulls alongside a host of other Bulls stars.

Jordan announced his final retirement after the 2003 season.

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Michael Jordan gets back at rival with a hilarious response

Like all other NBA players, Michael Jordan enjoyed a few flashes of heated moments. However, Jordan often displayed his ability to dismiss away such a movement with a laugh. Even if such moments included players like John Stark dunking on Jordan. Jordan and former NBA star Sherman Douglas shared one such incident.

29 Apr 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in action against Jason Williams #55 of the New Jersey Nets during the NBA Playoffs round 3 game at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bulls defeated the Nets 116-101.

Sherman Douglas played in the NBA between 1989 to 2001. Jordan and Douglas got into a heated altercation when the Bulls played the New Jersey Nets. Douglas blocked a shot by Jordan and then attempted to trash talk him. ‘Air Jordan’ simply brushed aside his trash talk attempt by laughing at Douglas along with coach Phil Jackson.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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