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What if Michael Jordan played tennis.....

BigAlbinoDonky
09-19-2006, 05:04 AM
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.

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 05:07 AM
MJ would be 1000-0 with 28 Grand Slams and 60TMS

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 05:09 AM
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

BigAlbinoDonky
09-19-2006, 05:24 AM
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.

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 06:08 AM
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.

World Beater
09-19-2006, 06:11 AM
i think you will find a better correlation for federer in soccer players.

leng jai
09-19-2006, 08:45 AM
Did anyone else read this as 'What if Michael Jackson played tennis....'?

nisabula
09-19-2006, 09:00 AM
i can serve in the 120's
lol

Purple Rainbow
09-19-2006, 09:07 AM
If Michael Jordan played tennis, 23 would have been a meaningless number.

El Legenda
09-19-2006, 09:09 AM
lol

something funny about that :retard:

nisabula
09-19-2006, 09:46 AM
something funny about that :retard:
very

Alexiana
09-19-2006, 11:35 AM
Did anyone else read this as 'What if Michael Jackson played tennis....'?

jap :lol: Would be way more interesting ;)

Xristos
09-19-2006, 11:38 AM
23.....nuff said??

its.like.that
09-19-2006, 02:02 PM
If MJ played tennis he wouldn't be MJ.

;)

Pfloyd
09-19-2006, 02:24 PM
Jordan is awsome and all, but he would suck at tennis. Remember him playing baseball? He was REALLY bad...

MatchFederer
09-19-2006, 02:28 PM
The more I think about it the more I think a lot of basketball players general skill set would fit well into tennis, especially the really good touch one would need and great athleticism. The serve would have been fast, sharp, accurate, and would have risen steeply on opponents due to MJ's size. Whether he would have been great, not sure. He would have had the tools to be though... IMO.

sawan66278
09-19-2006, 04:31 PM
Actaully, think about either Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders as tennis players!!! :eek: :eek:

Deboogle!.
09-19-2006, 04:39 PM
i doubt that...maybe a rodducktard can help us...but i thought he played basketball.Yeah, he did. I think he maybe played baseball too, but I don't have a clue how good he was or anything like that or even if he pitched at all. :shrug:

Anyway to the point of the post, there are some people who are simply good athletes, and who could probably play any sport they had started at a young age, like Andy or Rafa or Marat. Then there's a guy like Roger or Pete, who were meant to play tennis. Not that they wouldn't be good at other sports because I'm sure they would, but tennis was their destined sport I feel.

I don't know if Jordan would have been good at tennis, to me he is like a Roger of basketball, in that, I think it might be sport he was meant to play.

prima donna
09-19-2006, 04:58 PM
According to John McEnroe, MJ has a pretty good serve.

I recall him boasting about having had the opportunity to hit with Michael Jordan, because in the United States tennis players aren't exactly celebrities.

Then again, who knows ? Maybe McEnroe just wanted to seem "hip" thus, he needed an excuse to justify the reason for which he felt it necessary to bring Jordan into the conversation.