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Michael Jordan: Royal Airness

"Here's the kind of thing

[Michael Jordan] does. We were in the playoffs against New York, and one of the Knicks said something [trash talking] to Michael on his way to the free-throw line. These aren't gimme' shots, keep in mind, these are clutch free throws -- if he sinks them, we win the series.

"So Michael shuts his eyes and sinks the first shot blind. I turn to Phil Jackson and say, 'My God! Did you see that?' Next shot, Michael does it again..."

["I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career," Jordan once remarked. "I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot and I missed. I have failed over and over again in my life -- and that's precisely why I succeed."]

[Why were the original Air Jordans modified? Because they were entirely red and black, they violated the NBA's rule requiring white on all sneakers.]

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