Michael Jordan’s Presenter, Books About The Legend


David Thompson will present Michael Jordan for induction into the basketball Hall of Fame this weekend.

David Thompson will present Michael Jordan for induction into the basketball Hall of Fame this weekend.


David “Skywalker” Thompson?  


Michael Jordan’s decision to have the highflying North Carolina State legend present him at this weekend’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony has the Twitterati in a frenzy.

Comments range from Lakers’ fan Michael Nolledo saying, “Wow – Michael Jordan picks David Thompsonto induct him into the HOF – says he was the only player to ever inspire him!” to Coach Steve Finamore  of Jackson Community College writing, “David Thompson will present MJ at the Hall of Fame http://tinyurl.com/l3zj64 This selection by MJ surprised me…”

The upcoming week will be like the preparations for a coronation.  

People hungry for some of Jordan’s most spectacular moments can check out ESPN’s countdown of 23 highlights,.  starting with his college days of torching the Bobby Cremins-led  Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech.

During the rest of the week, I will write each day about one book about the man ESPN named The Athlete of the Century.

Michael Leahy’s When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan’s Last Comeback is the first and least appealing of the books on the list.  Leahy paints a highly unflattering of the Jordan who played his final two years for the Washingon Bullets as a verbally abusive, power hungry, homophobic gambling addict of a teammate who was even less effective as an executive.

To some degree, the darker sides of Jordan’s personality had been explored before in Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules, which will be the subject of another post, and Leahy’s portrait goes far beyond Smith’s account.  

I recommend reading it either if you are a Pistons’ fan or if you want to be reminded that we are all human and, in some ways or another, have feet of clay.  

Even if you don’t agree with Leahy’s assessment, Jordan’s choice of Thompson over any teammate or former coach is curious, at the least.


4 responses to “Michael Jordan’s Presenter, Books About The Legend

  1. I love the idea of David Thompson presenting Michael Jordan for the Hall of Fame induction! I think it is a brilliant move by Michael, firstly because this way none of his peers (of which he has none) or former coaches can feel snubbed. Secondly, he is paying homage to a player who paved the way for MJ and his style of play, and who has truly not received the credit they deserved for their contribution to the game of basketball.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      As always, I hear you and appreciate your comments, c. flack, and doesn’t it just seem a little strange both that he called Thompson the only player who ever inspired him and that there is not a single person among all the player and coaches’ path he has crossed-Phil Jackson, Bobby Knight, Dean Smith and Scottie Pippen, to name just four-that he would pick to be with him?

      It was great to see all three of you on Saturday. We have to do it again soon!


  2. I think that he picked David Thompson so as not to make Phil Jackson, Bobby Knight, Dean Smith, Scottie Pippen, Sam Perkins, James Worthy or anyone else feel bad that they were not chosen. Think back to what David Thompson and NC State did in 1973 and 74. They went undefeated and beat the reigning NCAA cahmps UCLA. During those years Michael Jordan was a 10-11 years old impressionable kid living in North Carolina. My 2 cents.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      I hear you, c. flack, and appreciate your coming back with an amplifying round of comments. Maybe I’m too influenced by the accounts of Smith and Leahy and others, and, at the HOF induction ceremonies, I’ve been struck by how the people inductees have chosen people to present them have been those with whom they have had a long-term relationship. I understand Jordan impressed as a young kid by the spectacular things David Thompson. I’m just saying that I’m not sure that he was acting solely on trying to avoid hurt feelings, but also perhaps he doesn’t have real close connections with those folks. Again, a speculative thought worth 2 cents, and I love the dialogue! 🙂


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