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In The Driver's Seat
Alexander Wolff
December 10, 1984
Rookie Michael Jordan has quickly become Chicago's big wheel and the NBA's big deal at the box office
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December 10, 1984

In The Driver's Seat

Rookie Michael Jordan has quickly become Chicago's big wheel and the NBA's big deal at the box office

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The bad ones, for now, aren't coming, and his wagging tongue has tongues wagging.

Says the Spurs' Johnny Moore, "He's got talent, and he's got the blue light. That's even better than the green light."

"He'll probably be one of the guys who invents a new position," says the Pistons' Isiah Thomas.

"Playing with him was like going to the circus," says Oklahoma All-America Wayman Tisdale, one of Jordan's Olympic teammates. "You'd come to practice and never know what he'd pull off."

Says fellow Bull Sidney Green, "He's the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."

So helped him God, by giving Jordan an array of gifts not found in a single player since Oscar Robertson. Jordan beats most defenders with his surpassing quickness. "I don't know if his first step is legal," says the Pacers' Jim Thomas, "because I've never had time to judge it."

Move with him, and he'll outjump you. " Larry Nance jumps well off one foot and Orlando Woolridge off two," says the Bulls' Rod Higgins. "Michael jumps well off one or two."

Jump with him and he'll outhang you. "He has more hang time than Ray Guy," says Chicago assistant coach Fred Carter.

Hang with him and he'll out-body control you. "He's not human," says Antonio Diaz-Miguel, Spain's Olympic coach. "He's a rubber man."

If somehow you counter Jordan's contortions, he'll add a dollop of spin so beguiling that it'll seduce the ball into the basket from almost any angle. "The really amazing thing is that when he gets his shot off, it's so soft," says Darrell Walker of the Knicks, who felt like strangers at home when Jordan paid his two visits to Madison Square Garden. For a preseason game on Oct. 18, the Bulls attracted 15,239. On Nov. 8, 19,252 howled in delight as Jordan scored 33 to Bernard King's 34 in a 121-106 Chicago victory.

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