Still, in 1991, a few days after Chicago had won its first title, Jordan plopped wearily into a chair across from me at a suburban Chicago eatery. He had been on SI's cover for three straight weeks, and this interview was to be the basis of the story for cover number 4. Our talk began with Jordan saying, "I know I'm tired of looking at you, and you must be tired of looking at me."
Well, I never got tired of watching him play, and I know no one else who did. Remember, too, that we were observing the most written about, the most watched athlete of all time. More than his uncanny knack for finding the basket from impossible angles, more than his buzzer-beating heroics, Jordan's greatest accomplishment was that he was always better than his hype. Yes, the NBA will survive without him, just as the theater survived without the Bard. The sad thing is that while Shakespeare's masterpieces will be brought to life on the stage for centuries to come, Michael's masterpieces, though available on video, can never be recreated.