Michael Jordan is best known for his incredible career as a basketball player, but that was hardly the only sport that he played. Aside from his notorious stint as a minor league baseball player, Jordan was an avid golfer. While many players stay off of the links during the season, Jordan never shied away from his golf habits even ahead of playoff games. Larry Bird famously described his performance as “God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Was Jordan’s historic explosion his way of letting off steam after a few lost bets and a bad day on the golf course? We can’t say for certain, but the notion of a second-year Jordan promising to unleash such a performance on one of the best defenders in the NBA is completely on-brand.