No matter the year, watching Michael Jordan play basketball will never get old to me. It’s a thing of beauty. Especially when you’re watching footage of him in 1999, just one season after capping off his second three-peat. MJ seemed loose and free of any NBA Championship pressure, and just took Corey Benjamin to school virtually every possession.
“Look around you Look around you. What do you see?” That answer is easy. Championship banners.
The Six Fouls crew alks about the legacy of LeBron James and where he stacks up against Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Michael Jordan and what a win against the Golden State Warriors could really do to his overall image.
Most Valuable Player can be interpreted a few ways. Some feel the MVP should be awarded to the league’s best player (LeBron James). Others feel it should be awarded to the best player on the best team for that season should they have a player of that caliber (Stephen Curry). And then others prefer to award it to the best player on a playoff team in which he had to carry the most due to certain circumstances (James Harden).
Regardless of your interpretation, the player that wins the award is usually one of the game’s best and that was the case this year with Stephen Curry. But what isn’t always the case is the league MVP reaching the NBA Finals, and what’s even more rare is them squaring off against a former MVP in the matchup.
This season we have both. So as a result, I’ve decided to go back the last quarter-century and see how many times we’ve had the pleasure of seeing an NBA Finals match where the current MVP met a former MVP.
A former ballboy for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1984-85 season was able to snag these from Michael Jordan after a game. He stashed them in his mom’s closet and over 30 years later he’s about to cash in some serious coin.