First, it doesn’t look like Jordan would have made it to the halftime party to honor the NBA team’s 75th anniversary. As the new owner of the 23XI Racing team, he was in the Daytona 500 keeping an eye on his driver, Bubba Wallace.
But in coolest fashion, after the race was over, a jet-set jumped and arrived in Cleveland just in time to announce the three final members of the team ever – Stephen Curry, Magic Johnson and MJ. Before the entrance:
Then the crowd reacts:
After the ceremony, LeBron and Jordan exchanged a private moment. We all love to compare these two as if they were antagonists, but it is clear that the respect they have for each other transcends all stupid goat debates.
It was fitting, then, that LeBron, back in Cleveland, with Jordan at home, seized the opportunity with a game-winning Elam Ending fadeaway that almost looked like the patent stash we’ve seen Jordan sink so many times in particularly the latter half of his career. .
“It’s crazy that tonight’s winning shot was so lackluster, it was so inspired by MJ,” LeBron said after the match, detailing the extraordinary impact Jordan had on him as a young kid.
Given the moment and the setting, there couldn’t have been a more fitting end to what was such an entertaining All-Star Game.