Here’s a special treat for Michael Jordan fans: 21 minutes of rare MJ footage courtesy of Oldskool Baller.
Before you complain about the quality and/or editing, this is how mixtapes looked in the 80s and 90s, when you recorded footage off live TV with a VCR and then recorded footage from other VHS tapes — if you were lucky enough to have two VCRS (which would have cost you about a thousand dollars in 1985)!
So how did MJ do during his rookie season? He won Rookie of the Year after putting up 28 points a game. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the title “A Star is Born.” He was voted by the fans to be an All-Star starter, which didn’t sit well with Isiah Thomas, who supposedly was responsible for organizing the “MJ freeze-out” during the game. True or not, MJ got his revenge on Thomas by dropping a franchise rookie record 49 against the Pistons in the now equally famous “Freeze-out Revenge Game.”
The most shocking numbers from his rookie season might be how much money he was making back then: $550,000 from the Bulls, $500,000 from Nike and $200,000 from Chevy. It’s easy to look at these numbers now and say it he was ridiculously underpaid, but back in the 80s, most of were dreaming we could be making that type of money to play basketball.