Full video of MJ & Kobe plays by Youssef: https://youtu.be/C5tagtU4AV8
You all know the shot by Michael Jordan. As iconic as it is, there’s always that argument about being an offensive foul. But it was never called against MJ. However that didn’t work too well for Devin Harris when he tried to be like Mike and attempted almost the exact same move.
Regardless of how things will turn out, today’s players enjoy imitating some of the moves from their GOAT. And I’ll show you a few examples. What up everybody, my name is Stefan and this is Heat Check. Let’s get into it.
Starting things off with Lebron James.
The ESPN crew noticed a few seasons ago that Lebron tried to mimic a few of MJ’s moves while playing in the house that Jordan built. So was this a coincidence? The guys from ESPN think it’s not.
Also Lebron once executed his very own version of the legendary switch hands layup from 1991. It sure didn’t look as cool when James did it but still, he was able to pull it off.
Next up. Anyone remember Michael licking his fingers? Well Jamal Murray obviously does. But I doubt that he’ll ever do it again without washing his hands first. You know…with this whole situation…Ok Moving on.
Now here’s a guy that really wanted to be like Mike. Rip Hamilton began his NBA career on the Wizards, playing alongside MJ. And as Michael would hit a game winner, and pose with his famous fist pump, Hamilton would run right next to him, and do the exact same thing.
So when he moved on from Washington and joined the Detroit Pistons, this celebration stayed with Rip on game winners, even without his idol on the team.
Probably the most imitated MJ thing is the shrug. He famously did it during the 1992 finals after hitting his 6th consecutive three pointers in the first half. So naturally it has become a symbol for being blazing hot from downtown. A lot of players, starting from the average guys all the way to the elite of the NBA use this as a way of telling their opponents that they cannot be stopped.
Kemba Walker even did it right in front of MJ as the Hornets owner was watching from the sideline.
And last but not least, even the greatest shooter of all time can sometimes surprise himself, so here’s Steph Curry with his own version of the shrug.
Oftentimes when he got fast break opportunities, Michael liked to do this dunk cradling the ball in the air. The originator is actually Larry Nance, but MJ made it popular.
So here is Javale Mcgee replicating it in a summer league game. Then we got Rudy Gay with a slightly modified cradle dunk. And to finish things off, it only makes sense to include Larry Nance junior, who admittedly is probably copying his dad more than he is copying Jordan here.
And of course, how can there be a video like this without mentioning Kobe Bryant. He was by far the closest thing that we ever got to Michael Jordan. The Mamba studied every aspect of Michael Jordan and wanted to replicate that. The first thing that comes to mind are of course the fadeaways and the incredible footwork, but then Kobe would go to insane lengths to exactly replicate things like celebrating winning the championship, or the overall demeanor and that killer instinct that ultimately got him in the top 10 and even top 5 all time depending on who you ask. At the end of the day, if you’re going to copy someone, it might as well be the greatest player of all time.
Hey everyone, it’s been a long time. I haven’t been at 100% for a while. And while it’s still pretty much the same, I at least want to feel better psychologically since I love making these videos and interacting with you guys in the comments. So I’m not gonna rush anything, no pressure, 1 video at a time and see where this takes us. However I wanna say huge thank you to all of you for the continued support. Love you guys and talk to you in the next one. Peace out.