What if Michael Jordan was the King of New York? I know it sounds like a popular comic book title from Marvel Comics, but imagine that. The Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks completed a blockbuster trade that brings All-Star guard Michael Jordan to New York, and he instantly transformed Madison Square Garden into his kingdom. Under the flamboyant NBA coach Pat Riley, the Knicks, led by Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Charles Oakley dominated the Eastern Conference and the rest of the NBA with their rough and physical style of basketball. They have phenomenal rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat during the 1990s and go on to win six NBA championships during that decade.
Michael Jordan retired from the game after the 1997-98 NBA season. He helped turned the New York Knicks into a dynasty and the NBA’s third most historic team behind the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. A 12-foot golden statue of Michael Jordan (known as “The Icon”) stands atop a 5-foot gold granite base in front of Madison Square Garden as a token of the Knicks organization’s appreciation for his greatness. This cemented his legacy as the greatest athlete in the world and in New York sports. His name in the city was royalty like other great New York athletes such as “Babe” Ruth, Lawrence “L.T.” Taylor, and Mark Messier. He even had a street named after him on West 34 th Street and 7 th Avenue.
He entered the NBA as “Air Jordan” and exited as “The King of New York.”
By Shamarie, 7th Jul 2014