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A MESSAGE YOUNG NBA FANS NEED TO HEAR ABOUT MICHAEL JORDAN

Jay C. Brandriet

12/31/17

To the younger generation of NBA fans,

“Air Jordan” is the greatest playoff performer to live. He NEVER lost a series when Chicago had home court advantage.

I get it. You are probably in your mid twenties and have heard about Jordan your entire life. You respect the idea of him, but also maybe feel like he’s been pushed on you as the greatest by your Father, and ESPN. It’s a new day, and different narratives are being created about what Jordan was or was not. Many of these voices were too young to have seen Mike play in real-time. I’m here to help by telling you the truth. Jordan was even better than the hype. MJ is not a romantic idea people over 42 can’t get over because they are sentimental. He really happened, and it wasn’t that long ago. He’s not the name in the sport because of a cool logo and a wildly popular shoe. Michael’s that big, because the level he attained was that stunning. Jordan played basketball as well as anyone has ever done anything. He mastered his craft. He was Michael Jackson on stage, good.

These 40 points will help deliver my message.

 

#40- IN ELEVEN COMPLETE SEASONS WITH THE BULLS, JORDAN LED THE NBA IN TOTAL POINTS ELEVEN TIMES.

#39- OVER THE LAST 53 YEARS, ONE MAN HAS SCORED 3,000 POINTS IN A SEASON. MIKE!

#38- 40 POINT GAMES? THE GREAT SHAQUILLE O’NEAL HAD 49 OF THEM IN HIS CAREER. MJ HAD 37 OF THEM…..IN 1987.

#37- “HE’S THE BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER, THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER, THE BEST COMPETITOR. I DON’T KNOW HOW HE’S NOT THE GREATEST.” (Jerry West)

#36- MOST 30 POINT PLAYOFF GAMES (109), MOST 40 POINT PLAYOFF GAMES (38) AND MOST 50 POINT PLAYOFF GAMES(8).

#35- MANY PLAYERS FROM THE JORDAN ERA HAVE SAID IT WAS COMMON KNOWLEDGE THROUGH OUT THE NBA, TO NOT RILE MICHAEL UP. THE UNWRITTEN RULE WAS TO NOT TALK TO HIM. SOME WENT AS FAR AS AVOIDING LOOKING HIM IN THE EYES.

#34- MJ IS ONE OF THE ELITE SHOT BLOCKING GUARDS OF ALL TIME. AT 6’6″, JORDAN HAD 261 BLOCKS FROM 1986 to 1988 ALONE.

#33- HE WAS DURABLE. JORDAN NEVER MISSED A PLAYOFF GAME (179). HE SCORED 20 POINTS PLUS IN 97 PERCENT OF THOSE CONTESTS.

#32- OVER A FOUR GAME STRETCH OF THE 1993 FINALS…MICHAEL SCORED….42….44….55….AND 41 POINTS. HATERS WILL SAY HE WAS SHOOTING MORE THAN OTHERS….NO. THE RIGHT GUY WAS SHOOTING.

#31- SUGGESTION? “YOU TUBE” HIS PASSING SKILLS. HE WAS 8TH IN THE NBA IN ASSISTS IN 1989.

#30- JORDAN WAS THE BEST MID RANGE JUMP SHOOTER I’VE EVER SEEN.

#29- WITH HIS FIRST CRACK AT A FINALS IN 1991, MICHAEL PUT ON A PASSING CLINIC AND AVERAGED 11 DIMES IN THE SERIES. IN GAME 2…HE MADE 13 SHOTS IN A ROW.

#28- OVER HIS FIRST SEVEN YEARS, HIS LOWEST FREE THROW PERCENATGE WAS 84.0%

#27- HE AVERAGED 8 REBOUNDS A NIGHT IN 1989. NOT BAD FOR THE BEST IN GAME DUNKER OF ALL TIME.

#26- JORDAN HAD HUGE HANDS. THE ADVANTAGE WAS CATCHING BETTER, PASSING BETTER, AND BEING A PUMP FAKING PUPPETEER. HE COULD TAKE THE BALL DIRECTLY FROM THE DRIBBLE TO ATTACKING THE RIM.

“Michael is the only player in our league, with no weakness.” Danny Ainge-1990

#25- NO OTHER PLAYER HAS  AVERAGED OVER 30 POINTS IN THE PLAYOFFS FOR A CAREER. MJ AVERAGED 33.4

#24- JORDAN TOOK THE BALL AWAY CONSTANTLY. HE LED THE LEAGUE IN STEALS THREE TIMES, CAME IN SECOND TWICE, THIRD TWICE, AND FOURTH TWICE.

#23- HIS FOOT SPEED, QUICKNESS, AND HANG TIME WERE INSANE.

#22- IN THE SPRING OF 1989, MICHAEL PLAYED POINT GUARD AND HAD 10 TRIPLE DOUBLES IN AN 11 GAME SPAN. ESSENTIALLY HE HAD 36 PERCENT OF HIS CAREER TRIPLE DOUBLE TOTAL IN THREE WEEKS, BECAUSE HIS COACH ASKED HIM TO.

#21- HIS PLAYER EFFICIENCY RATING IS THE BEST EVER IN THE REGULAR SEASON, PLAYOFFS, AND FINALS.

#20- “WATCHING HIM AND PLAYING AGAINST HIM WERE MUCH DIFFERENT. I LEARNED A LOT THIS GAME….HOW TECHNICALLY SOUND HE WAS. HIS FUNDAMENTALS AND TECHNIQUE WERE FLAWLESS.” (Kobe Bryant after his first matchup with MJ).

#19- HE WAS THE REAL KING OF NEW YORK. THE BULLS HAD A HEATED RIVALRY WITH THE KNICKS. IT WAS SO PERSONAL AND PHYSICAL. MICHAEL WON ALL FIVE SERIES HE PLAYED AGAINST THEM. JORDAN WAS A DREAM KILLER.

#18- MIKE DIDN’T HAVE THREE POINT PROBLEMS. THE SHOT WAS NOT NEAR AS CALLED FOR IN HIS ERA. HE WON REGULAR SEASON, PLAYOFF, AND FINALS GAMES WITH THREES. HE HIT SIX TRIPLES IN A FINALS HALF, WITHOUT A MISS. TIMING MATTERS.

#17- IN 1996, ON A 87-13 TEAM (OVERALL), MICHAEL WAS 11TH IN THE NBA IN THREE POINT SHOOTING PERCENTAGE(42.7%). HE WAS EVEN GOOD AT THE THINGS PEOPLE SAY HE COULDN’T DO.

#16- NOBODY HAD BETTER STYLE AND CREATIVITY THAN JORDAN. IT’S NOT JUST THAT HE WOULD SCORE 10 QUICK POINTS, IT’S THAT EIGHT OF THEM WERE ELECTRIC SHOWTIME.

#15- MJ SCORED 51 AND 45 IN BACK TO BACK GAMES….AS A WASHINGTON WIZARD.

#14- “MICHAEL WAS SO DOMINANT, PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY, I ALWAYS GOT THE SENSE EVERYONE WAS AFRAID OF HIM. THE OPPONENTS, THE REFEREES, HIS TEAMMATES. HE WAS JUST SO DOMINANT WITH HIS PRESENCE.” (Steve Kerr)

#13- THE MIAMI HEAT RETIRED JORDAN’S NUMBER. HE DID NOT PLAY FOR THE HEAT. HE WAS JUST THAT BAD ASS.

#12- IN EACH OF HIS COMPLETE SEASONS BETWEEN 1987 AND 1997 MICHAEL LED THE NBA IN WIN SHARES. HE WAS ALSO SECOND TWICE. HE LOOKS THE SAME UNDER COOL MODERN STATS AS WELL.

#11- A BIG TIME NBA SCORER MAY SCORE OVER 50 POINTS, THREE OR FOUR TIMES IN A CAREER. “AIR JORDAN”  DROPPED 50 PLUS…39 TIMES. HE SCORED OVER 60, FIVE TIMES.

In only his third game as a pro, Michael scored 37 points including 22 in the 4th quarter.

#10- VERY FEW WOULD ADMIT IT THEN, BUT JORDAN WAS BETTER THAN MAGIC AND BIRD EVEN BEFORE HE WON BIG. THAT SAID….IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE HOW GOOD MAGIC AND BIRD WERE.

#9- EVERY GAME THAT JORDAN PLAYED, HE WAS EXPECTED TO LIVE UP TO HIS OWN MASSIVE STANDARDS. I ADMIRE HOW OFTEN HE ROSE TO THE OCCASION. HIGH STAKES EXPOSED HIS GREATNESS.

#8- HE HAD POWER, SUPREME FOOTWORK, AND A DYNAMITE POST GAME.

#7- MJ DID THE DIRTY WORK TOO. HE DID ALL THE SMALL THINGS THAT ANY GUY ON THE END OF THE BENCH WOULD DO. WHEN HIS SHOT WAS NOT FALLING, HE WAS GOOD AT SIMPLIFYING THINGS.

#6- IN THE FINALS HE WAS A 33.6 POINT, 6 REBOUND, 6 ASSIST GUY. HE DOMINATED ON DEFENSE AND MADE BIG PLAY AFTER BIG PLAY….THAT’S ALL.

#5- NOBODY HAD ENERGY LIKE JORDAN. HE WAS THE MOST RELENTLESS, AGGRESSIVE PLAYER IN THE WORLD. THE LATER THE GAME GOT, THE MORE JUICE HE HAD.

#4- MJ SEEMED TO OFTEN TAKE WHAT HE WANTED WHEN HE WANTED. HE PLAYED WITH FURY AND LASER FOCUS. HIS WILL AND SKILL LEFT HIM THE BEST I’VE EVER SEEN. SEVEN OR EIGHT GUYS HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO AS GOOD….JORDAN WAS THE CLOSEST TO BEING A “TEN”.

#3- COMPARE HIM TO TODAY’S GREATEST WHERE IT MATTERS MOST. LEBRON JAMES…A TOP 5 PLAYER EVER….WHO IS STILL ROLLING….HAS PLAYED 3,300 MORE MINUTES THAN JORDAN….AND HAS THREE LESS RINGS AND FINALS MVP’S. IN A LONGER CAREER, CHANGING TEAMS TWICE IN HIS PRIME, SOMEONE AS ELITE AS JAMES, HAS HALF OF MIKE’S BEST JEWELRY.

#2- PEOPLE UNDER DOING 6-0 IN THE FINALS IS SICKENING. HE PLAYED IN THE 1990’S YOU JOKERS. LET’S JUST SAY THOSE BASKETBALL TEAMS AND TALENT HOLD THEIR OWN COMPARED TO ANY DECADE. HE TOOK DOWN THE 90’S BEST. HE WON 69 PERCENT  OF HIS FINALS GAMES. HIS TEAMS WERE GREAT. DON’T GET IT TWISTED…HIS BRILLIANCE AND SYMPHONY OF CLUTCH PLAY….IS WHY….HIS TEAMS WON 25 OF THE LAST 26 PLAYOFF SERIES HE WAS A PART OF.

#1- MJ IN THE LOCKER ROOM….SITTING WITH SCOTTIE PIPPEN AFTER THE 1998 FINALS IN SALT LAKE CITY….”SIX….SIX…..SIX OF THEM…(raising his voice)…SIX OF THEM! YOU ALL CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT…THEY CAN’T WIN UNTIL WE QUIT.”

Jay C. Brandriet

12/31/17

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MY 125 FAVORITE R & B SONGS OF ALL TIME

Like many of you I love all kinds of music. R & B is the center piece of my musical interests.  This is not a list of which songs I think are the best, but rather my favorites.

 

#125- “SWEET NOVEMBER” (Troop)

The greatest entertainer that ever lived nailed the more traditional R & B sound of the 1990's with "You are not alone" (#2). MJ and R. Kelly collaborated on the hit for a week. The song has a tempo of 60 beats per minute making it one of Michael's slowest songs.
The greatest entertainer that ever lived nailed the more traditional R & B sound of the 1990’s with “You are not alone” (#2). MJ and R. Kelly collaborated on the hit for a week. The song has a tempo of 60 beats per minute making it one of Michael’s slowest songs. I liked his voice best at age 15 when he recorded “Music and Me” (#58).

#124- “WEAK” (SWV) 

#123- “ANNIVERSARY” (Tony! Toni! Tone’!)

#122- “FREAK ME” (Silk)

#121- “WHO’S HOLDING DONNA NOW” (DeBarge)

#120- “WIN” (Brian McKnight)

#119- RONI” (Bobby Brown)

#118- “I WANNA KNOW” (Joe)

#117- “DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY” (Thelma Houston)

#116- “IT’S ALL RIGHT” (Huey Lewis and the News)

#115- “YOU’RE NOT ALONE” (Boyz 11 Men) 

#114- “SAY SAY SAY” (Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson)

#113- “ROUND AND ROUND” (Tevin Campbell)

#112- “TRULY” (Lionel Richie)

#111- “CRY FOR YOU” (Jodeci) 

"Now's the time" by 4 P.M. is the most underrated album inside my music world, in the last 20 years. My R & B mentor Russ Riggs said it best, "You never need to hit skip on this album. The worst song on here is an 8.1."
“Now’s the time” by 4 P.M. is the most underrated album inside my music world, in the last 20 years. My R & B mentor Russ Riggs said it best, “You never need to hit skip on this album. The worst song on here is an 8.1.”

#110- “HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE” (Dru Hill)

#109- “U KNOW WHAT’S UP” (Donel Jones)

#108- “NO DIGGITY” (Blackstreet featuring Dr. Dre and Queen Pen)

#107- “IF YOUR’E NOT THE ONE” (Daniel Bedingfield) 

#106- “SUMMERTIME” (DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince)

#105- “KISS YOUR LOVE GOODBYE” (Brian McKnight)

#104- “LIVE YOUR LIFE” (T.I. featuring Rihanna)

#103- “SAME OL’ G” (Ginuwine) 

#102- “WITH YOU” (Chris Brown)

#101- “IF I COULD TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME” (R. Kelly)

#100- “I’D DIE WITHOUT YOU” (P.M. Dawn)

#99- “THEY SAY” (3T)

#98- “NUMBER ONE” (John Legend)

#97- “ALL OF ME” (John Legend)

#96- “HERE AND NOW” (Luther Vandross)

John Legend's "Get Lifted" album is an R & B treasure full of love, scandal, and family values all at once. In "Number One" (#98) he's beyond smooth. Legend makes cheating on a partner look as innocent as a walk on a beautiful day.
John Legend’s “Get Lifted” album is an R & B treasure full of love, scandal, and family values all at once. In “Number One” (#98) he’s beyond smooth. Legend makes cheating on a partner look as innocent as a walk on a beautiful day.

#95- “SITTIN’ ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY” (Otis Redding)

#94- “YOU ARE MY LADY” (Freddie Jackson)

#93- “THE EARTH, THE SUN, THE RAIN” (Color Me Badd) 

#92- “COOL IT NOW” (New Edition)

#91- “SUDDENLY” (Billy Ocean)

#90- “ALWAYS” (Atlantic Starr) 

#89- “THE CROSSROADS” (Bone Thugs -N- Harmony)

#88- “ON THE WINGS OF LOVE” (Jeffrey Osborne)

#87- “WISHES” (Nathan Morris)

#86- “IF TOMORROW NEVER COMES” (Joose)

#85- “CHERISH” (Kool & the Gang)

#84- “I MISS YOU” (N 11 U)

#83- “LIVE IT UP” (John Legend)

#82- “TWISTED” (Keith Sweat featuring Kut Klose and Pretty Russ)

#81- “HE’S DOING YOU WRONG” (Shai)

#80- “AGAIN” (Janet Jackson)

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Whitney was the barbie doll pop diva in my time growing up. More of her best work is “All at Once”, “All the Man That I Need”, “Run to You”, and “The Greatest Love of All”.

#79- “TIME TO END THIS STORY” (Az Yet)

#78- “I’D RATHER BE ALONE” (IV Example)

#77- “YOU GIVE ME SOMETHING” (James Morrison)

#76- “AS ONE” (Hi-Five)

#75- “ALL MY LIFE” (K-Ci & Jo Jo)

#74- “WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU” (The Spinners)

#73- “ONE MOMENT IN TIME” (Whitney Houston)

#72- “I CAN’T SLEEP BABY” (R. Kelly) 

#71- “IT’S HARD WHEN YOU LOVE SOMEONE” (Shai)

#70- “TIL YOU DO ME RIGHT” (After 7)

#69- “ALL CRIED OUT” (Allure featuring 112)

#68- “NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN” (Dionne Warwick) 

#67- “ANYTHING” (3T)

#66- “AFTER THE LOVE” (Earth Wind and Fire)

"Did you know" (#57) is one of Shai's several, awesome mid paced jams.It's a smart song. "Stop and think now what it's all about, and maybe you too will find, that your reality, is without a doubt, just a reflections of the thoughts on your mind."
“Did you know” (#65) is one of Shai’s several, awesome mid-paced jams. It’s a smart song. “Stop and think now what it’s all about, and maybe you too will find, that your reality, is without a doubt, just a reflections of the thoughts on your mind.”

#65- “DID YOU KNOW” (Shai)

#64- “SECRET LOVERS” (Atlantic Starr)

#63- “ON BENDED KNEE” (Boyz 11 Men)

#62- “MOTOWNPHILLY” (Boyz 11 Men)

#61- “LET’S STAY TOGETHER” (Al Green)

#60- “ONE SWEET DAY” (Mariah Carey and Boyz 11 Men)

#59- “SOMEONE TO HOLD” (Trey Lorenz) 

#58- “MUSIC AND ME” (Michael Jackson) 

#57- “I’M READY” (Tevin Campbell)

#56- “WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO” (Whitney Houston)

#55- “JUST ONCE” (James Ingram)

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Marvin Gaye singing the National Anthem before the 1983 NBA All-Star game (#6). The performance defines the phrase “making it your own.” A three minute, mello soul concert broke out. The entire crowd was clapping along, caught up in his coolness. The moment did not disrespect the flag. He couldn’t help being Marvin Gaye.

#54- “DO THEY KNOW” (Boyz 11 Men)

#53- “ANGEL” (John Secada) 

#52- “FOR ALL ETERNITY” (Color Me Badd)

#51- “STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU” (New Edition)

#50- “NOBODY” (Keith Sweat and Athena Cage)

#49- “SHE SAID” (Hi-Five) 

#48- “U SEND ME SWINGIN” (Mint Condition)

#47- “CRAZY” (K-Ci & Jo Jo)

#46- “STILL” (The Commodores) 

#45- “WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN” (Bruno Mars)

#44- “CRAZY LOVE” (Brian McKnight)

Stevie Wonder has a magical voice. When he is in a group or duet, I'm always waiting for his part. In "That's what friends are for" (#51) he's on the stage with legends. I'm waiting for him to put down his wicked harmonica and belt out his part.
Stevie Wonder has such a great voice, it seems tangible. It sounds like the perfect sunrise would look. When he is in a group or duet, I’m always waiting for his part.

#43- “TOGETHER FOREVER” (Shai) 

#42- “STAY GOLD” (Stevie Wonder)

#41- “STAND BY ME” (Ben E. King)

#40- “A SONG FOR MAMA” (Boyz 11 Men)

#39- “FOREVER LOVE” (Color Me Badd)

#38- “YOU GOT IT ALL” (The Jets) 

#37- “YOUR LOVE” (Boyz 11 Men)

#36- “DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL” (Whitney Houston)

#35- “I CAN CHANGE” (John Legend featuring Snoop Dog)

#34- “THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR” (Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Gladys Knight)

Music often ties us to a time and place. "Lately" by Jodeci (#11) was so prominent in my life it reminds me of the entire fall and winter of 1993. "K-CI SING IT."
Music often ties us to a time and place. “Lately” by Jodeci (#11) was so prominent in my life it reminds me of the entire fall and winter of 1993. “K-CI SING IT.”

#33- “I’M GOING FOR MINE” (Keith Sweat) 

#32- “YOU ARE EVERYTHING” (The Stylistics)

#31- “THESE ARE THE TIMES” (Dru Hill)

#30- “COME AND TALK TO ME” (Jodeci)

#29- “THIS TIME” (K Jon)

#28- “NEVER GONNA LET YOU GO” (Sergio Mendes)

#27- “LET IT BURN” (Usher)

#26- “YES” (4 P.M.)

#25- “I’ll MAKE LOVE TO YOU” (Boyz 11 Men)

#24- “DO WHAT I GOTTA DO” (Ralph Tresvant) 

#23- “EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART” (Brian McKnight)

Hi-Five has a bubblegum side, but I think they are legit. "As One" has a grown                   up sound. The layers of voices in the chorus are memorable.
Hi-Five has a bubblegum side, but I think they are legit. “As One” (#76) has a grown up sound. The layers of voices in the chorus are memorable.

#22- “CONFUSED” (Tevin Campbell)

#21-  I KNOW LOVE” (Hi-Five)

#20- “IGNITION” (R. Kelly)

#19- YESTER ME, YESTER YOU, YESTERDAY” (Stevie Wonder)

#18- “MIDNIGHT TRAIN TO GEORGIA” (Gladys Knight and the Pips)

#17- “NICE AND SLOW” (Usher)

#16- “GIRL U FOR ME” (Silk)

#15- “BETCHA BY GOLLY, WOW” (The Stylistics)

#14- “COMFORTER” (Shai)

#13- “IT’S SO HARD TO SAY GOODBYE TO YESTERDAY” (Boyz 11 Men)

#12- “CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE” (Hi-Five)

#11- “LATELY” (Jodeci)

#10- “YOU CAN NEVER ASK TOO MUCH OF LOVE” (Take 6)

#9- “TELL ME WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO” (Tevin Campbell)

"Cooleyhighharmony" is where my passion for the New Jack Swing sound began. "Your Love" (#34) is the subtle gem on the album. Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary make a perfect blend.
“Cooleyhighharmony” is where my passion for New Jack Swing began. “Your Love” (#37) is the subtle gem on the album. Shawn Stockman and Michael McCary make a dynamite blend right out of the gate.

#8- “ONE LAST CRY” (Brian McKnight)    

#7- “COME WITH ME” (Shai)

#6- “NATIONAL ANTHEM” (Marvin Gaye) 

#5- “END OF THE ROAD” (Boyz 11 Men)                                     

#4- “JUST MY IMAGINATION” (The Temptations)

#3- “ORDINARY PEOPLE” (John Legend)

#2- “YOU ARE NOT ALONE” (Michael Jackson)

#1- “PLEASE DON’T GO” (Boyz 11 Men)

Jay C. Brandriet 8/6/15