Perhaps the entire NBA world pays homage to Michael Jordan as one of the greatest of his feet on the basketball court. However, it was Magic Johnson and Larry Bird who trained around the basketball court before the Jordan and Chicago Bulls dominated. They dominated the league by sharing 8 NBA championship titles with each other in the 1980s. But as the ’90s entered, they knew their time was coming to an end. The era of Michael Jordan was just beginning, and they were ready to take the torch to Jordan.

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In an interview with Ahmed Rashad, Michael Jordan recalled the incident of transferring the torch to him. MJ revealed how he remembers this event every time he sees magic and birds.

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Michael Jordan getting the torch

After the 1992 season, Michael Jordan became the face of the NBA. By that time, he had already begun to receive the title of the greatest athlete in the world. Join Johnson and Bird on Team USA’s ‘Dream Team’ in Barcelona.

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MJ talked about the night when he, Magic, and Bird were drinking beer and relaxing. He added that Magic said, “You guys are new kids in the building…. But we took it to another level, such and such and such. The Magic also added how he described himself as the best individual player and considered Jordan the best player on the team. Meanwhile, Bird urged the Magic to step back, saying, “We’ve had our time, these are the new kids in the building.”

In fact, Michael Jordan’s performance solidified his position and made the greats believe in him. Both were confident enough to believe that he would be the perfect torchbearer at the time. And then the torch was given.

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Like any other player, Michael Jordan also faced many annoyances by losing the playoffs in the early part of his career. His first NBA Finals achievement came in 1991 when he won the title by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers from Magic Johnson.

This win over the Lakers started the first three peat trip of the Chicago Bulls. Jordan with the Chicago Bulls continued to dominate the ’90s.

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Also, Michael Jordan’s rise came at a time when Larry Bird and Magic Johnson went down a fair share of awards in their name. The rise of Michael Jordan helped the NBA become a global phenomenon today.

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