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Before the rings, the records, the orange Gatorade, and the Nikes, Michael Jordan was a fan.

Like any young athlete aspiring to be good at what he or she does, Jordan looked up to the elites of his sport: Julius Erving, David Thompson, Walter Davis, and Elgin Baylor. Of those names, Jordan most admired the player who you might guess the last.  David Thompson went by the nickname Skywalker—his 48-inch vertical leap was one of the most impressive shows to ever hit the court. Like LeBron, Kobe, and D Wade adored MJ, Jordan wanted to be the next Thompson.  He wanted to be better than Thompson. In what's building up to be one of the best seasons in NBA history, 2009 has us up to our ears in comparisons—the most taboo, yet most exhausted, is who will be the next ...

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Article written by John Lorge

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