Still beautiful from any angle
Of all the famous buckets Michael Jordan sank, only one of them is iconic enough to be known simply as “The Shot.”
His midrange jumper over Craig Ehlo at the buzzer to beat the Cavs in the first round of the 1989 playoffs is remembered just as much for Jordan’s fist-pumping celebration after the shot went in. If you had three clips to sum up MJ’s career, it would definitely have to be one of them.
Any sports fan, even those born after “The Shot” (like me), has seen that video a thousand times. It’s a classic NBA moment. But it’s highly unlikely that you’ve seen it the way it was presented in ESPN’s The Last Dance documentary. The doc’s premiere Sunday night featured a rare view of the moment shot from the baseline. (Thanks to /r/NBA for pointing it out.)
The footage comes from WBBM, Chicago’s CBS affiliate. I found the rest of the station’s film of the end of the game on YouTube. It was uploaded by someone named “Hakim24x” in January 2015 and, by the time I found it this morning, it had accumulated fewer than 1,000 views.
The closeup view of the play provides such a different perspective than the traditional broadcast angle. From under the basket, the controlled chaos of the inbounds play looks much more chaotic than controlled. The floor-level angle also makes Jordan’s ridiculous hang time on the shot seem that much more impressive.
And then there’s the mayhem on the court after the shot. The Chicago reporter rushes at Jordan screaming, “Michael, you stuck it, baby!” and tries to interview him before James Brown could talk him on the national broadcast. Check out the look on Brown’s face as the reporter gets shoved out of the way by the CBS cameraman. It does an amazing job of making you feel like you’re right there on the court 31 years ago.
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