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What if Michael Jordan played tennis.....

instead of basketball. I don't mean like his ugly baseball experiment. I'm talking what if he grew up playing tennis instead of basketball. What type of player would he be? I could easily see him as a 6'5, even more athletic(very scary thought) version of Pete Sampras. Put Jordan in a pressure situation, and I could see him acing his way out Sampras-style. With his wingspan, great touch, and explosive speed, I could easily see him as a dominant serve-and-volleyer in the 80's and 90's. Geez and to think about a jumping overhead smash from him.

On a similar note, what if Andy Roddick had stuck with baseball instead of focusing on tennis? I could easily imagine Roddick as a great baseball closer, throwing 98mph fireballs and a nasty slider, but if those pitches weren't working on a particular day, he'd be destroyed.

Also, I was thinking today about players' from others sports careers mirroring one another. Example: Michael Vick and James Blake. Both have great explosive speed, Vick has a huge arm while Blake has a huge forehand, both tried to do too much early in their careers which led to not-so-great results. Both are learning when to pick their spots and are becoming more effective because of it, but both still have to prove they can do it on the biggest stage.

I had trouble finding someone to mirror Federer, the closest I could think of was someone like Jerry Rice. Neither with blazing speed, but their outstanding footwork more than made up for it. Both win championships and are quite possibly the best ever at what they do. Also, Mike Tyson and Marat Safin has some similarities which I found amusing. Both are headcases who had the potential to be all-time greats, and both possess ridiculous firepower. I just thought it was interesting to think about, and i'd like to hear some comparisons from you guys/girls.
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MJ would be 1000-0 with 28 Grand Slams and 60TMS

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On a similar note, what if Andy Roddick had stuck with baseball instead of focusing on tennis? I could easily imagine Roddick as a great baseball closer, throwing 98mph fireballs .
98mph fastball...based on what? because he can serve in the 140's? its does not work that way...i can serve in the 120's but i cant throw a baseball more than 70mph

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98mph fastball...based on what? because he can serve in the 140's? its does not work that way...i can serve in the 120's but i cant throw a baseball more than 70mph
Well it isn't exactly scientific, though I do believe he played in high school and threw in the 90's. I was just comparing serving and pitching, as they are somewhat similar. Had Andy worked more on his throwing mechanics instead of his serving mechanics, I think it's a fair comparison.
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Well it isn't exactly scientific, though I do believe he played in high school and threw in the 90's. I was just comparing serving and pitching, as they are somewhat similar. Had Andy worked more on his throwing mechanics instead of his serving mechanics, I think it's a fair comparison.
i doubt that...maybe a rodducktard can help us...but i thought he played basketball.

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i think you will find a better correlation for federer in soccer players.
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Re: What if Michael Jordan played tennis.....

Did anyone else read this as 'What if Michael Jackson played tennis....'?
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i can serve in the 120's
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If Michael Jordan played tennis, 23 would have been a meaningless number.

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lol
something funny about that :retard:

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something funny about that :retard:
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Did anyone else read this as 'What if Michael Jackson played tennis....'?
jap Would be way more interesting

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23.....nuff said??

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If MJ played tennis he wouldn't be MJ.

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Jordan is awsome and all, but he would suck at tennis. Remember him playing baseball? He was REALLY bad...

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