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What memories jump out to you in defending Kobe Bryant? Bowen: “I think obviously he’s one of the best players at that position besides MJ [Michael Jordan]. The biggest thing for me, I knew Kobe was a due diligent person. His basketball IQ surpassed some of the others I competed against. The most critical aspect of Kobe’s game for me was his mental focus. It was comparable to mine about not allowing things to get to the point where you lose focus off of what’s at hand. I can tell you different guys at different moments where they lost focus. For the most part, he understood how important that focus was. Because of that, it wasn’t about the physical aspect. It was about the mental aspect as well. It was a chess game.
The latest Internet meme involves an image of Mr. Jordan’s tear-streaked face superimposed on pictures of athletes or coaches who lost an important game. Known as the “crying Jordan,” it has ricocheted around social media, popularized by fans poking fun at sports losers and eliciting laughs (and retweets)within moments of the final buzzer. In recent weeks, the trend has sparked rebuttals from teams and athletes.
Searches for “crying Jordan” have spiked since September, according to Google Trends. The photo mashups have expanded beyond sports into pop culture and politics. Making the rounds this week: Mr. Jordan’s lachrymose face perched atop the body of Donald Trump, following the billionaire’s second-place finish behind Sen. Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses.
The tearful image of Mr. Jordan was taken during his 2009 Basketball Hall of Fame induction speech, when he was moved to weep with gratitude. Stephan Savoia, a photographer for the Associated Press credited with the photo, said he was unaware that his work was trending until being contacted by a reporter this week. Mr. Jordan and his representatives have been protective of his brand during his years on court and ever since.
Michael Jordan‘s $33.1 million salary in his final season with the Bulls stands as the largest in NBA history after all these years, but that figure is probably going to become the new normal for basketball superstars with all the money coming in thanks to the massive TV deal kicking in soon. MJ made that kind of dough back in 1997-98, though. If we adjust to inflation, that one-year contract would be worth close to $50 million in present-day money. It’s still going to take a while for NBA players to rake in that much in a single season.