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WATCH: Michael Jordan playing pickup ball in 1994 at local gym

Watch this rare footage of Michael Jordan playing pickup basketball


With sports on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Jordan is the talk of the sports world. Largely due to the hit ESPN series The Last Dance. This new show dives deep into the amazing story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Michael Jordan retired in 1993 to pursue a career in professional baseball. Apparently he couldn’t stay away from the basketball court regardless of the competition. This might have had something to do with his baseball career not going as well as he hoped.

An old video from a local news station has surfaced showing Michael Jordan playing pickup basketball at the Athletic Club at Illinois Center, circa January 1994.

Did someone shut Michael Jordan down?

First, they interviewed someone who understood that MJ was only going about 30 percent.

After that, they interviewed someone named Aaron Watkins. He had an experience contrary to the first person’s. Watkins felt he knew the secret to shut down Jordan.

“Michael’s weakness is his shot, You just keep him around the perimeter, and when he does this move right here palm the ball, bring it around, just don’t fall for that. Just wait for him to shoot, run up there, get the rebound, throw up some kind of lucky shot and you win.”

Aaron Watkins on defending Michael Jordan

After Aaron Watkins shut him down, Jordan won three more NBA Championships. He won them in 96′, 97′ and 98′. That pushed his NBA Championship total to six. That also left him with one of the most successful runs in the history of the NBA. Through his career, Jordan played 13 seasons averaging 31.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists. He played in 14 All-Star games and was a 5 time NBA MVP.

Jordan retired for the second time for the 1998-2001 NBA seasons. We don’t know if Aaron Watkins received another chance during that time before MJ returned again.