Michael Jordan and Stacey King played together for 4 1/2 seasons – his favorite game was when MJ exploded for 69 points.
Stacey King, the 6th pick in the 1989 draft, played alongside Michael Jordan in the build-up and run to 3 championships. He was never a starting candidate since the Bulls already had Horace Grant, Scottie Pippen and Bill Cartwright in those positions. Brought in from the University of Oklahoma, King scored 6.6 points per game off the bench.
On March 28, 1990, Jordan exploded for 69 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers. A game well known for its airiness lashing out at Cleveland fans, King was like the rest of the 20,000 people in the crowd.
When someone like Jordan takes over, all you can do is support his push, and he did just that. Stacey King had 1 point in the overtime game, and he joked that he felt proud to have a total of 70 points with Black Jesus.
Nights like these rarely happen, even when playing with the best of them, and King was lucky enough to be part of a historic night. This kind of combination was repeated 26 years later when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points and Smush Parker had 13.
After Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points in one game, teammate Stacey King said, “I’ll always remember it as the night Michael Jordan and I combined to score 70 points.”
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Michael Jordan demanded the best from every teammate – no wonder he’s a six-time champion
Jordan knew that everyone’s contribution was important, big or small. Even if you played 2 minutes a game and didn’t do your best, he wouldn’t accept that.
His policy was simple: you play as you show your worth. As hard as he pushed the players during training, he was always the first to defend them.
Serial winners demand the same thing they imposed on themselves – they must get the same result from everyone else. They look haughty – but they know they know the effort they’ve put in.
The average man can’t understand the blood, sweat and tears it takes to win a championship – let alone 6. Stacey King has seen it up close and personal, which is why he has the utmost respect for MJ .
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