Michael Jordon Cries During Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Speech (Photos)
Chicago Bulls legend and retired NBA star Michael Jordan, 46, cries as he delivered his induction speech for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday, September 11, 2009.
The five-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player and winner of 10 scoring titles, was one of five to be inducted which also included David Robinson, John Stockton, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer.
In a speech of more than twenty minutes, Michael Jordon shed tears as well as comically joked while giving his speech.
During the speech, Michael Jordon spoke on basketball being intense pain and joy and it meaning everything to him as well as he touched on his past and thanked everyone who did him wrong for making him who he is and was coy about being called the greatest player.
At one moment in his speech Jordon stated that his coach made a mistake for cutting him from varsity when he was a young boy in North Carolina in which he says he just wanted to make sure he understood he made a mistake. When it was time to speak on a highlight of his career, Jordon couldn’t decide and compared it to trying to pick which one of your kids is your best kid.
“I’ve had so many great accomplishments…,” stated Jordon.
Although the night was tearful for Michael Jordon, onlookers and behind-the-scene hearsayers state that everyone was unhappy and calling his speech a cleansing for his soul, unfocused and also pointed out that Michael Jordon didn’t thank the people who has always been behind him.
Well despite the hearsay, Michael Jordon did go on to acknowledge the other inductees and stated that it’s not only him going into the Hall of Fame, but a group of them which he is going to remember as much as they remember him.
Watch Michael Jordon’s Hall of Fame Induction Speech