Michael Jordan Taunts A Rookie Mutombo By Shooting A Free Throw With His Eyes Closed
Most only remember Dikembe Mutombo as a shot blocking genius, but during the first half of his rookie season in 1991, Deke looked like he was going to be the next Patrick Ewing and not Mark Eaton. The rookie All-Star had a 27 & 17 performance in his 2nd NBA game and had 8 20/10 games in the first month of his career. He even exploded for a 39 point 21 rebound performance during his rookie campaign which put him on the radar for the veteran superstars to want to challenge or embarrass him and no veteran superstar enjoyed messing with popular rookies more than Michael Jordan.
During MJ’s first game against Deke and the Nuggets – during Mutombo’s red hot first month – Jordan dropped 37 points with his final point coming off an eyes closed free throw dedicated to the rookie.
The rookie didn’t do too bad either in the loss: 22 points (team high), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals and escaped getting dunked on by the man who loves dunking on big men Hoyas – but that moment eventually came.
Back to the original first meeting, as bad as Mutombo probably felt after MJ’s taunt, i’m sure he didn’t feel as bad as the little kid (40 second mark) who was able to get right next to Jordan but not get his autograph.
I know this is mean, but how funny would it have been if Mutombo gave the kid the finger wag after seeing him not get MJ’s signature.
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