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The Everywhere Man Alone on The Mountaintop
Jack McCallum
December 23, 1991
Michael Jordan, a singular sportsman and athlete, stands at the pinnacle of his game
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December 23, 1991

The Everywhere Man Alone On The Mountaintop

Michael Jordan, a singular sportsman and athlete, stands at the pinnacle of his game

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"I don't need my name in lights to keep going," says Jordan. "I know people think I do, but I don't. If you told me in college that within a year my face would be all over the world and millions of people would know my name, I'd have said you were crazy. I certainly didn't turn it down when it came my way, but I didn't ask for it, either."

He sure got it, though, and now any conversation about him tends to sound like a global marketing report. Remember the cynical bumper sticker that came along in the Acquisitive Eighties? THE ONE WITH THE MOST TOYS IN THE END WINS. Well, Jordan has the most toys. Game's over. He's won. So, let's just enjoy the world's best basketball player at the height of his powers.

The game, after all, is what made Jordan what he is today, and fortunately, the game is still what he lives and breathes for. Already this season he has talked trash with the Warriors' Tim Hardaway; shot (and made) a free throw with his eyes closed to have some fun with Denver Nugget rookie Dikembe Mutombo; and driven to distraction his hated rivals, the Pistons, with his usual dazzling all-around game. He may talk about stepping out of the spotlight, but it's not going to happen for a while, not so long as there's an acrobatic slam-dunk left in his Air Jordans and a competitive muscle twitching in his body. The view from the mountaintop is breathtaking, and there's no place that Michael Jordan would rather be. Look up and revel in him, for his equal will not soon be along.

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