Air of Vulnerability
Used to be that NBA players wouldn't dare risk getting on Michael Jordan's bad side, for fear of provoking one of those 55-point outbursts. These, though, guys are a little less hesitant to speak their minds regarding His Airness.
Ray Allen, Bucks guard
"It gets a little tedious watching Michael Jordan highlights because a lot of good basketball is being played throughout the league."
Head-to-head, Nov. 14
Jordan 31 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists Allen 22 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists
Bucks 107, Wizards 98
Al Harrington, Pacers forward
"I won't be in awe of him. I'll go after him."
Head-to-head, Nov. 22
Jordan 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists Harrington 7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists Result Pacers 110, Wizards 103
Ricky Davis, Cavaliers guard (left)
"I will [dunk on Jordan] if I get the chance."
Head-to-head, Nov. 27
Jordan 18 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists Davis 18 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 dunk on Jordan
Cavaliers 94, Wizards 75