4.3.01: Jerry Stackhouse scores career-high 57 against the Bulls
For years, Jerry Stackhouse was compared to Michael Jordan and for a while Stack even believed he was better than Jordan.
It all goes back to mid 90’s summers at North Carolina where alumni like MJ and Stackhouse would face off against each other. One summer, Stackhouse caused a little controversy by reporedly telling the media that he could beat Jordan (fresh off the baseball field) one-on-one. Jordan didn’t respond in the media but did drop 38 and 48 (in 3 quarters) on Stackhouse and the 76ers during the following NBA season.
Then as the 76ers became Allen Iverson’s team, the Jordan comparisons quickly faded away and Stack was soon traded to the Pistons. It was in Detroit that he became an All-Star and in 2001, he almost led the league in scoring with 30 points per game. It was also in 2001 when he had his career high against Jordan’s old team and broke the United Center single-game scoring record with 57.
“Ron Artest told me at the beginning of the game that [Bull] Coach [Tim] Floyd said he didn’t respect my game and he wasn’t going to double-team me,” Stackhouse said. “Maybe next time.”
Maybe Stack did have some MJ in him. He made 21 of 36 shots from the field and broke the franchise record set by Kelly Tripucka in 1984 – against Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
As fate would have it, Stack would soon be traded to the Wizards where he would play alongside…who else but Michael Jordan.