Friday, August 7th, 2009 at 3:45 am  |  21 responses

SLAM and Gatorade Honor Michael Jordan

Win a trip to see MJ’s Hall of Fame induction

by Ben Osborne

We all thought Michael Jordan was gonna be in the Hall of Fame years ago. After hitting his memorable shot against the Jazz in the ’98 Finals, he walked away with his legacy as the greatest and his place in Springfield cemented. Until he came back as a Washington Wizard. MJ gave us some a few more memories during his DC days, but the Hall—and the chance to look back properly at what we deemed two months ago the best career in NBA history—had to wait.

Well, the wait is finally over. As the basketball world prepares for MJ’s enshrinement on September 11, Gatorade has been busy honoring his Airness. For their latest MJ-related promotion, the folks at Gatorade are giving one lucky fan (well, two, since the winner can bring a friend) the chance to be at the induction ceremony—and SLAM’s fortunate enough to be a part of it. All you’ve gotta do to enter is check out the promotions part of Gatorade’s Facebook page and vote for your favorite Jordan moment. This is where we come in: there’s 10 to choose from, as submitted by a handful of journalists, myself included (remember that frozen moment I mentioned up top? It might look familiar in this pic, too).mj last shot.jpg

The PR person running the media side of this promotion for Gatorade called me a few weeks ago and asked if I’d participate. When he got to me (on my cell late on a Friday afternoon, too late to even run this by my co-workers), a few moments were already taken, but this classic shot, which I remember so vividly (can’t believe it was 11+ years ago!), had not been chosen, and to me seemed like the no-brainer most memorable moment. I asked that SLAM get the “Last Shot,” did my little write up, sent them a headshot, and waited for the contest to go live. Based on the results so far, seems like a lot of fans agree with this choice.

But let’s not get cocky. Assuming you have a FaceBook account (there’s a nice irony to this qualification, by the way), hit up that vote page and cast your vote…ideally for this shot. If it wins, this amazing moment will get memorialized on another one of the special Gatorade bottles they’re making, and as the chooser of said moment, SLAM will get some to giveaway. You can vote once a day until the end of August, so be sure to keep at it and give yourself and SLAM the best shot at winning.

Lastly, I hope people are enjoying the MJ buzz, cause trust me: there’s a lot more coming.

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  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    SLAM magazine picking the latest in the long line of memorable jumpshots, the most memorable for a lot of our generation, is both a little strange (name like SLAM with all those posters and SLAMADAMONTHS) and a no brainer. This one will probably get tons of votes.

  • larrylegend

    best thing about the pic above: dick bavetta, dude is always around if something great happend.

  • BostonBaller


  • Ken

    Really, the only other MJ moments that come close to this are the flu game, and the picture of MJ crying as he clutches his first Larry O’Brien.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    I still think that winning his first comeback title on Father’s day is the greatest “MJ Moment.” Especially since it was his father’s murder that forced his first retirement to happen.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Co-sign Ken!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    Co-sign Ken!!

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    This one takes the cake. As far as jumpers go, the close second would probably be the Cleveland game winner.

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep

    Im pissed off because I didnt get my streetball DVD yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • serevei

    i did

  • http://yahoo.com logan

    i got mine, and dont worry the dvd sucks, your not missing much

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Ken: I don’t know, I love the shot he hit against Cleveland and his vehement jumping/arm pumps. Then you have the coach (Doug Collins?) going absolutely berzerk on the sidelines, jumping into the players’ huddle. Great moment. AKA “The Shot”. Also one of my favorite plays of all time.

  • Chris Ujma

    hang on…..he’s not coming back?

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep

    SLAM please send me my DVD i wanted it so bad.

  • serevei

    kobe is that homo

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  • Daniel Segura

    i really need this i would love these videos!

  • Daniel Segura

    if i win this would be a perfect for my cosins birthday hes a big MJ fan!