If there is anyone in the world that could take on Michael Jordan in a game of hoops it would be Yoda. Until this past weekend I had never thought about that scenario. That is until I came across this ballin piece of art from Marcos Minuchin aka The Secret Life of Toys at the West Loop Art Fair.
Like falling in love with a house the second you open the door, the moment I set my eyes on this epic battle between two of the greatest of all time I knew I had to have it. My mind immediately started racing with questions and thoughts about what no doubt is the greatest game of basketball in the history of mankind.
First and foremost, who ended up winning this exchange? Did Mike posterize Yoda or did Yoda swat that weak shit out? MJ has two hands on the ball and the obvious size advantage over Yoda. I can see the scenario where he bulldozes right though Yoda like he did Patrick Ewing in the 1991 NBA Playoffs.
Michael Jordan was known more as a one-handed dunker, whereas his counterpart Dominique Wilkins dropped thunderous two-handed bombs, so this dunk isn’t necessarily to MJ’s strength. Had this been his sideways dunk in the 1987 Slam Dunk contest then he would have obliterated Yoda.
As for Yoda he has great positioning, looks to be on the ascent, and is so powerful that he’s able to move the rim with his head. Based on his insane hops you know that this is Yoda’s lane and he patrols it like Dikembe Mutombo. There is already precedent in the NBA of small guys with crazy hops blocking the shot of someone much larger. Just ask 7’6″ Yao Ming who got his face stuffed by Nate Robinson.
When looking at Michael Jordan and Yoda’s face/expression it appears that MJ is focused yet isn’t intense like he would be if dunking on Dinner Bell Mel Turpin.
Yoda’s face seem calm and confident like he’s been there before and says, “I got this shit.”
I can’t believe that I’m gonna say this, but I think that Yoda wins this encounter and MJ ends up on SportsCenter’s Not Top 10. It is more about what Yoda does and what Mike isn’t. Michael Jordan, the supremely confident greatest basketball player ever, has finally met his match. Like a quiet and electrifying Barry Sanders, Yoda just goes about his business protecting his lane and being a Force to be reckoned with.
I want to hear from you, who do you think wins this slam dunk encounter: Michael Jordan or Yoda? Hit me up on Twitter @BaconSports or drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to give me as many reasons why as you’d like.
Also, I plan on continuing to write about this amazing piece of art and doing a podcast as there are a million different thoughts going through my head. Is this a game of 1-on-1? If not who else is on each player’s team? Is this a home-and-home series with the first game played in Chicago and the next on the Millennium Falcon? So many possibilities. If you want to chime in with your thoughts I’d love to hear them.