THROWBACK: How Michael Jordan Left Commentators Speechless After Inventing a New Move

Published 08/26/2021, 2:30 AM EDT
Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)


Some players always impress with their amazing moves. However, Michael Jordan is one of the few players who put on a show every night he stepped on the court. Some of his moves left the commentators speechless.

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Similarly, in a game against the Cavaliers, he left the commentators stunned. While it was not an impressive dunk, or a layup, it sure defied the simple basketball move itself.

(Original Caption) Michael Jordan, forward for the Chicago Bulls, holding a basketball in the locker room.
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Michael Jordan Wraps it Around with his Same Hand

In 1988, the Chicago Bulls played against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During an offensive possession, the Cavs missed a three-point shot. Then the ball went back to the Bulls. However, they almost lost the ball at mid-court, but Michael came in with the astonishing move.

He prevented a steal from the defender with a great wrap around dribble. But Jordan wrapped it around with the same right hand. This left the commentators in shock because normally players wrap it around with both their hands.

MJ then ended the possession by drawing a foul on to himself. Unsurprisingly, the 6 time champion hit both the free throws. The Bulls looked in a commanding position in the 3rd quarter. Chicago was up by 13 points after MJ made his free throws.

Michael Jordan (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

But, did the game go as smooth as the ‘Windy City’ would have liked?

Cleveland cut it close

With the 13 point lead, many would say the Bulls will win without question. But Cleveland had other plans. They did not go down without putting up a valiant fight of their own.

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Shockingly, Chicago only won by a single point with the score 111-110. Michael Jordan put up a game high 39 points to secure the win for the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls # 33 Scottie Pippen and Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan courtside during Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Cleveland stepped up big time in the second half. Larry Nance put up the best stat line in the game as he ended with 29 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 blocks. Stephen Curry’s father, Dell Curry, gave a tremendous boost coming off the bench as well. He accumulated 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals.

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But, their efforts were not enough to take them over Jordan and the Bulls.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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