Michael Jordan at 40 Teases Steve Francis
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Michael Jordan was the master of many of things and one of them was the ball fake. He would often do them by palming the ball and then swinging and pump faking with it around, above, away and towards the defender. In the photo above, a 40-year old MJ, with the Wizards, didn’t make Steve Francis one of his ball fake victims but he did make the DC native look like a little kid trying to get a ball from his taller dad. He also had his way with the rest of the Rockets back in this 2003 game, when he lit Houston up for 35 points and 11 rebounds in a two-point win. Francis struggled with his shot, making only 1 of 13 shots, and finished with 8 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists.
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