How Michael Jordan nearly ended up in Los Angeles instead of Chicago

michael-jordan-1998Many basketball fans still remember the LA Clippers team, that has always been considered one of the weakest in the entire NBA, up until they started getting serious, legitimate talent after 2007, along with good trades.

The Clippers drafted Maurice Taylor in 1997, Michael Olowokandi in 1998, Lamar Odom in 1999, with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles in 2000. The mentioned picks never lifted the team to the desired heights.

In 2008 the Clippers drafted DeAndre Jordan, in 2009 they hit the jackpot with Blake Griffin and the team started to climb the basketball ladder.

However, going back into the 80’s, the Clippers had a couple of chances of adding Michael Jordan – arguably the greatest ever – to their roster. It never happened. Well, this is one of those “what could’ve been…” stories.

According to the ClipsNation (an LA Clippers Community), the team had two opportunities of getting Jordan, one in 1984 and the other one in 1988.

In 1984 it was about trading for the draft pick the Bulls used to select Jordan back in 1984. The Bulls wanted L.A.’s Terry Cummings, and a three-team deal that would have also included the Mavericks could have returned that third overall pick, which the Clippers presumably would have used to add Jordan to the franchise.

The second offer was far more tempting, and came during the 1988 season. Believe it or not, there was a feeling in Chicago that Jordan’s style of play wouldn’t be conducive to winning championships, and the team’s 4-15 record in the playoffs during Jordan’s first four seasons with the Bulls was always brought up as an example.

The Clippers offered “any combination of five players and/or draft picks,” according to Sam Smith’s book “The Jordan Rules,” and L.A. had the No. 1 and No. 6 picks in the draft that season. That was tempting, because of the availability of players like Mitch Richmond and Rik Smits, both of whom the Bulls were reportedly interested in.

But Jordan sold tickets and merchandise in Chicago, and probably for that reason alone, the deal was never made. Jordan went on to play for the Bulls, lead them to six NBA championships and secure himself a spot not only in the Hall of Fame, but also as arguably the greatest player ever.

A six-time NBA champion, Jordan earned fame and fortune on the basketball court, as well as through endorsements and movies. The Hall of Fame player won the NBA Most Valuable Player award five times and was named an all-star 14 times.

His on-court success and commercial endorsements have made him one of the most recognizable and prosperous athletes in the United States. Jordan played in total 1072 NBA games (1039 started), averaging 30.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg in 38.3 minutes per contest.


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