MICHAEL JORDAN: "The Move" (1991 NBA Finals)

  • Published: 31 March 2010
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  • Karl Harris
    Karl Harris  2 months back

    OOOWWW!!! A SPECTACULAR MOVE BY MICHAEL JORDAN!!! That call by Marv Albert was almost as iconic as the move itself.

    • WecanWinJesse
      WecanWinJesse  3 months back

      Michael and the Bulls went Showtime on them in game 2 and By Ron didn't like it..

      • Lonewolfjedi
        Lonewolfjedi  6 months back

        This move will never be duplicated, easily one of the best in NBA history

        • wyatt kelly
          wyatt kelly  7 months back

          LeBron would have done better

          • Alan B
            Alan B  10 months back

            I will get crucified for this ( and I love MJ to death ) but the switch was not necessary to make the basket.

            • Jerald Vincent Zumel
              Jerald Vincent Zumel  7 months back

              He saw Perkins planning to contest the dunk. Look at the slow mo. If you think about it, what made it more impressive is not the switch itself, but his ability to instinctively make the decision to switch right at the very moment without even thinking about it. It's like "Im gonna switch this because Perk is gonna block it" but he already switched even before finishing that sentence.

              Hard to explain but it's just majestic.

            • AnAmazingLegend
              AnAmazingLegend  9 months back

              @bak dos Much Appreciated!

            • bak dos
              bak dos  9 months back

              @AnAmazingLegend you couldn't say that any much better.

            • AnAmazingLegend
              AnAmazingLegend  9 months back

              Picasso’s final stroke on one of his works may not of been necessary. But that’s what makes it a Masterpiece. Great ones have defining moments that captivate the world.

            • bak dos
              bak dos  9 months back

              that's why he's not just a basketball player but an artist on the hardwood. Like a ballerina giving the fans a show with his God given creative ability while winning.

          • Tim Jones
            Tim Jones  12 months back

            The real changing of the guard in the NBA the era of Bird’s Celtics, Isiah’s Pistons and Magic’s Lakers time ended in 91 and Jordan and the Bulls took over the league

            • Donnell Adams
              Donnell Adams  1 years back


              • Ben-Laden Bernanke
                Ben-Laden Bernanke  1 years back

                That was the best two baskets in a Finals game. But Game 1 of the 1992 Finals against Clyde The Glide and Portland was the best performance. He hit like a dozen shots in a row scoring 34 in the first half and came down court with the famous "shrug". Kind of like, "when I'm hot I'm real, real hot" meant in that gesture.

                • Reza Bolouri
                  Reza Bolouri  1 years back

                  The god of basketball just untouchable

                  • Valmir Mark
                    Valmir Mark  1 years back

                    I was born in1983..although born in Brasil, I watched a lot of games on national tv...It was incredibles what Jordan does.. he is the GOAT... and I Start thinking..what generation is ours.. We Have Jordan, Magic Jhonson, Kobe, Lebron, Oscar (to quote some); we Have Ayrton Senna (GOAT of automobilism), Allain Prost, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Aaron Rodgers (GOAT), Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Bress, Favre etc... Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ronaldo , Zidane, Romário...

                    • Bruce Robinson Jr
                      Bruce Robinson Jr  1 years back

                      the call on the move by marv albert is historic too

                      • Brandon Freeman
                        Brandon Freeman  3 months back

                        Ya it is... god reminds me of loving basketball as a kid. I played the shit out of bball and fucking loved every weekend with the nba was nbc and I could watch jordan. I live on the west coast so besides the playoffs, nbc on the weekends was the only time to see him play

                    • diego consafo
                      diego consafo  2 years back

                      Sweet! I am from San Antonio, Texas, but used to watch every Bulls game I could when Jordan played. Bad part is that once Jordan retired, I lost interest in the NBA.

                      • Héctor Estigarribia
                        Héctor Estigarribia  2 years back

                        Did some other player sometime made a play similar to this ???

                        • Rodrigo Correa
                          Rodrigo Correa  2 years back

                          phill reaction...wow..just amazing

                          • Langston Montana
                            Langston Montana  2 years back

                            but why... he could have just easily layed it in

                            • Shahaan Singh
                              Shahaan Singh  1 years back

                              Langston Montana He spoke about it, said he was going for a dunk, but wanted to try something sifferent, so he switched hands and laid it in.

                            • Jeff Keeton
                              Jeff Keeton  2 years back

                              Langston Montana Agreed. I have always considered this is very pointless move. He could have thrown that down, i think

                          • upabittoolate
                            upabittoolate  2 years back

                            This got Marv open.

                            • Karl Harris
                              Karl Harris  2 years back

                              Probably the greatest move I've ever seen and that was 26 years ago.

                              • LeChoke Wishes He Was Michael Jordan

                                This is what MJ said in his interview with Ahmad Rashad. "When I did that, Byron Scott said we were showboating at the end of the game, that we were winning and showboating. I never looked at it that way, but he did, and we never thought we could lose after that". Killer Mike

                                • Sound Logic
                                  Sound Logic  3 years back

                                  I love how Magic tells NBA stories.

                                  • Milan Milovanovic
                                    Milan Milovanovic  3 years back

                                    he's still hanging in the air huh

                                    • JPH
                                      JPH  3 years back

                                      13th straight field goal

                                      • Statalyzer
                                        Statalyzer  3 years back

                                        It was an amazing move, but the funny thing is nobody was gonna block it had he just layed it in with his right hand.

                                        • upabittoolate
                                          upabittoolate  2 years back

                                          Big Smooth was going to block it.

                                        • Mely Fisher
                                          Mely Fisher  2 years back

                                          Look at the Perkin's timing in normal speed camera. He is ready to jump when mj change the ball...

                                        • Lorenzo Tabin
                                          Lorenzo Tabin  2 years back

                                          he thought perkins would. they were together in UNC and knew he had long arms. so instinct kicked in and he shifted the ball to his left hand while midair. dope.

                                      • Kid Peligro
                                        Kid Peligro  4 years back

                                        remembered the announcer said something like

                                        "..tongue's coming out, SOMETHING BAD IS GONNA HAPPEN.."

                                        this was correct most of the time to teams against MJ

                                        • MrTibbso9
                                          MrTibbso9  4 years back

                                          For all the young'uns  here, I remember seeing that move live; Game 2 of the 1991 NBA Finals was basically defined by that move.That was Michael Jordan's personal signature on the finals that year

                                          • Ryan Joyce Espiritu
                                            Ryan Joyce Espiritu  4 years back

                                            The greatest player of all time "The Air"/Michael Jordan
                                            Kobe is not yet list on top ten greatest player of all time neither LeBron James.
                                            Kobe is a better shooter than MJ
                                            Lebron is faster,stronger than MJ
                                            MJ is clutch,posterizer,low-post master,scoring and have more spectacular MOVE and DUNK Than Kobe and Lebron.
                                            Why I did say kobe say is not yet on the top 10 list because you only think that he is the only player who have the same move like MJ. Think about it first how about the legends like Juluis Erving,Oscar Robertson,Magic Johnson they are one of the greatest guard in nba history not Only Kobe.
                                            But Kobe and LeBron has a great chance of becoming one the top 10 greatest player of all time

                                            • Wis Dom
                                              Wis Dom  3 years back

                                              Your last name is Espiritu. That means you don't know shit about basketball. lmao! Stick to ESPN.

                                            • Dat_BA06_Guy
                                              Dat_BA06_Guy  3 years back

                                              +Ryan Joyce Espiritu

                                              Both 82games.com and basketball-reference.com PROVED via their career made/missed shot charts, that MJ consistently shot a HIGHER FG% from 12-15 ft.

                                              And for their respective careers, both shoot about the same % in 3pt% in the reg season, and the EXACT SAME % in the playoffs.

                                              But MJ shoots a HIGHER % in 3pt% (37% > 31%) in career Finals 3pt%.

                                              So he's NOT a "better shooter".

                                              Secondly, LBJ ADMITTED himself on twitter that he only runs a 4.6. MJ, both during his UNC days (and in his prime), is DOCUMENTED at consistently running a 4.2 - 4.3.

                                              So yes LBJ is bigger. Yes he's "subjectively" stronger (maybe).

                                              But he's CERTAINLY NOT faster by any stretch.

                                              Robert Horry said that MJ was quote: "the strongest guy you could ever run into".

                                              And Ron Artest said that he was quote: "[just as strong] as LeBron", which echoed sentiments expressed by Magic, when he said that MJ was quote:

                                              "the strongest guard ever, and had strength like a Big".

                                              And lastly, the guy that's trained MJ, kobe, and lebron, literally said the following when asked who's the better of the 3:

                                              "Oh, Michael [no question]. From a [physical] and mental standpoint, he's [the best] I've [ever seen]. If he were playing [now], with the way the refs call everything, he'd [easily] average 40 or 50 a night if he wanted."

                                              -- Tim Grover: "If kobe and Lebron play, we all win"; by Rick Reilly; espn.go . com, Oct 13, 2010

                                            • Bald Freak Repping Buffalo
                                              Bald Freak Repping Buffalo  3 years back

                                              Could you clarify this?

                                            • RUMPELSTILTSKY
                                              RUMPELSTILTSKY  4 years back

                                              no non-center will ever qualify as the greatest ever from more than a marketing standpoint. if you think otherwise, you don't know the game

                                          • DarkWater4Eva
                                            DarkWater4Eva  4 years back

                                            if he didn't change up in mid air it would have been a sick dunk regardless

                                            • Pablo MB
                                              Pablo MB  5 years back

                                              MJ simply the best... and love the Magic comments :)

                                              • ITILII
                                                ITILII  5 years back

                                                Magic Johnson, one of the greatest of all time, knows that only THE GREATEST, #23, from the University of North Carolina, a 6'6" guard - MICHAEL JORDAN....could have performed THE MOVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                • Massive Douche
                                                  Massive Douche  5 years back

                                                  GOAT... Of any sport.

                                                  • Wu Liwei
                                                    Wu Liwei  1 years back

                                                    He missed the game winner vs the Lakers in Game 1

                                                  • Donnell Adams
                                                    Donnell Adams  1 years back

                                                    +Max Durk NOT WHEN IT COUNTS REMEMBER 6 AND 0

                                                  • Max Durk
                                                    Max Durk  3 years back

                                                    cityinmind Well, he does actually

                                                  • cityinmind
                                                    cityinmind  3 years back

                                                    messi misses game winners, jordan doesnt

                                                  • RUMPELSTILTSKY
                                                    RUMPELSTILTSKY  4 years back

                                                    lionel messi is playing RIGHT NOW

                                                • Vince asaka
                                                  Vince asaka  5 years back


                                                  • talkasec
                                                    talkasec  5 years back

                                                    Michael Jordan had a love affair with his fans.  Although he played very hard for himself, I think he played even harder for his fans. Incredible effort, incredible talent, incredible artist, and flying through the air he said "here, this is something for you to enjoy."  So many players today are selfish, insecure, haughty, and lazy.  Players today are so needy.  The have to rally up the fan base to get energy.  When Jordan was playing, he was the energy that electrified the audience.

                                                    • RUMPELSTILTSKY
                                                      RUMPELSTILTSKY  4 years back

                                                      what absolute NONSENSE. i couldn't have dreamt up a more twisted fiction than that. what an insult to the extraordinary amount of charity and fan interaction the guys today are engaged in...

                                                  • Alter Hofilena
                                                    Alter Hofilena  5 years back

                                                    In the comment below someone said Lebron would've tomahawked it. If MJ dunked it instead, it'd become ordinary, just another dunk that'd be eventually lost along the plethora of dunks recorded in the books.     

                                                    • Jerald Vincent Zumel
                                                      Jerald Vincent Zumel  7 months back

                                                      @Dee Pee and eventually wouldve lost the series. Story of his life.

                                                    • Dee Pee
                                                      Dee Pee  10 months back

                                                      I disagree. LeBron would've simply done what was necessary. He would've made the correct basketball play ... whether it was to dunk it, shoot a floater, hang and kiss it off the glass, hit the open man for a three.

                                                  • sportstalk23
                                                    sportstalk23  5 years back

                                                    The Zen Master's face pretty much sums it up lol

                                                    • zvn gaming
                                                      zvn gaming  5 years back

                                                      A SPECTACULAR MOVE BY MICHAEL JORDAN!

                                                      • Balthus23
                                                        Balthus23   5 years back

                                                        Michael Jordan is unquestionably the greatest player of all time.
                                                        If you are a MJ fan or a true basketball fan, you can't miss "MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LEGEND OF THE GREATEST (Final Version): 5 hours and 5 minutes in honor of his greatness.
                                                        Link: MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LEGEND OF THE GREATEST (Final Version)

                                                        • Jr Cash
                                                          Jr Cash  1 years back

                                                          Balthus23 I agree

                                                        • Joshua Haynes
                                                          Joshua Haynes  2 years back

                                                          Balthus23 you know when Phil Jackson is grinning u never see that lol

                                                        • RUMPELSTILTSKY
                                                          RUMPELSTILTSKY  4 years back

                                                          "unquestionably"............nevermind, nothing penetrates that echo chamber

                                                      • Court Tillett
                                                        Court Tillett  5 years back

                                                        The old Madhouse on Madison was the loudest arena I've ever been in.  Those were real, blue collar fans.

                                                      • Alexander Supertramp
                                                        Alexander Supertramp  5 years back

                                                        Because HE CAN!

                                                        • slapmyfunkybass
                                                          slapmyfunkybass  6 years back

                                                          I agree with you. There was no challenge, Jordan had the height. He didn't need to switch.

                                                          • tnt303
                                                            tnt303  6 years back

                                                            i was -1 years old when this happened

                                                            • Tommi D
                                                              Tommi D  6 years back

                                                              6 fools think soft ass LeBron is GOAT

                                                              • Tommi D
                                                                Tommi D  6 years back

                                                                6 fools think soft ass LeBron is better

                                                                • Silus
                                                                  Silus  6 years back

                                                                  Exactly my point. You haven't played a second of basketball. Otherwise you might understand that guys don't have a lot of time to react. Perkins looked like he was about to challenge for a split second, and Jordan reacted. And forget the fact that this is what Jordan is saying himself. But no, lets forget all that and go with what some random idiot on the internet thinks.

                                                                  • Silus
                                                                    Silus  6 years back

                                                                    Michael Jordan had an interview where he was asked about that move. He said he saw Perkins going up and that's when he switched hands. Point is that you are wrong. And I do watch porn.

                                                                    • Silus
                                                                      Silus  6 years back

                                                                      Says the guy who has never played one second of competitive basketball in his life. I would explain things to you, but you are already arrogant enough to assume you know what is going on.

                                                                      • simon gray
                                                                        simon gray  6 years back

                                                                        completely unnecessary..

                                                                        • mreman2
                                                                          mreman2  6 years back

                                                                          That move is all show. No one was on him, no one challenged him. But it did look good!

                                                                          • OrangeSodaKing
                                                                            OrangeSodaKing  6 years back

                                                                            Is Magic Johnson high?

                                                                            • Blaque Moses
                                                                              Blaque Moses  6 years back

                                                                              Goosebumps.... 22 years later... smh