Count me as impressed. Michael Jordan has new found respect...at least in my eyes. As most of you know, he is entering the Basketball Hall of Fame this year. Come to find out, when asked who he wanted to introduce him at the ceremony. He picked the original "Skywalker" himself...David Thompson.
For those of you who don't know who Thompson is, look up the history of the American Basketball Association (ABA). Or for that matter, check back with North Carolina State basketball circa early 1970's. If you watch the highlights and see some guy jumping out of the building...it was probably Thompson.
Check out the story from the LA Times here .
((David Thompson Dunks//Courtesy:NBA File))
Thompson had a modestly successful career in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets, once they moved to the NBA. In fact, he and "The Iceman" George Gervin staged one of the greatest scoring title battles in the history of professional basketball in if memory serves...1979.
I know that for some, the choice is odd. Why would a North Carolina Tar Heel choose someone who played for NC State? It's quite simple really. When Jordan was a kid...his idol was none other than David "Skywalker" Thompson.
Check out this video montage. The music is kind of cheesy, but the video should give you an idea of what this guy could do. Courtesy: You Tube/NBA TV