谢谢…….谢谢……我告诉过我的朋友，我会出现在领奖台上说完谢谢就转身离开。但是，我不能。我需要感谢很多人。我还要感谢今天的直播，你们不会只看到我，还会有许多熟悉的面孔。在过去的四周里，我收到了很多的问题。他们问：“你为什么会选择David Thompson？”我知道其中的原因David也知道，可能你们都不知道。我从小在北卡罗来纳州长大，当我11岁的时候，大概是1974年，David夺得了NBA总冠军。我是不支持北卡的，但是我被David Thompson所折服，不仅仅是因为篮球本身，而是因为他在其中表现出的（态度与意志），我们都经历了许多的考验与磨难，他做到了，这深深地激励了我。当我邀请他做我的主持人的时候，我知道我紧张透了，但是他非常高兴地答应了。
我内心深处一直是北卡的成员，他们都知道我是一名真正属于北卡蓝的人。Smith 教练，Larry Brown，Sam Perkins，James Worthy，他们都知道。这一切都源自于我的父母。我的生涯集锦随处可见，还有什么关于我的事是你们不知道的？当我今天看到其他人发言的时候，当他们讲述他们的时候，我发现关于Jerry Sloan的很多事是我所不知道的。我们总是打电话，但是我从来不知道他小学一年级到八年级的故事。即便是David Robinson，我认识他已经很久了，但是从他的演讲中我也知道了很多事，好的坏的都有。我也知道了关于Chipson的事，我父母以前也经常谈论到他，但是有什么关于我的事是你们都不知道的？
我有两个兄弟，James and Larry，身高五尺四寸和五尺五寸半，他们给予了我所能要的一切。作为兄弟，我们从小就互相竞争。我的哥哥Larry总是和我争小东西，而我每次都争不过他。母亲这时候就会叫我们进屋，因为我们争斗的太激烈了。我大哥总是不在家，因为他当兵，一当就是31年。我体内的竞争意识的源泉还远远不止这些。我的妹妹，她比我小一岁，不喜欢一个人在家。她参加了许多额外的课程，最终和我同一年毕业。之后我们都去了北卡罗来纳大学，却比我早一年毕业。你们问我体内的竞争意识，竞争的本能源自何处，这就是答案。（它还来自）我的姐姐，她今天没有出席，我的父亲，虽然他已经不在了，但是他的精神一直陪伴着我。我的竞争意识从我第一天从事体育运动就开始萌发，任何运动，棒球，橄榄球，篮球，你们所能列举过得运动我都参加过。
伴随着我的职业生涯，这种竞争的意识始终陪伴着我。我很荣幸成为公牛队的一员。那时球队老板还不是杰瑞 劳恩斯多夫，而是另一群管理层：拉夫在选秀时选了我，凯文拉齐是我的第一个教练。凯文在训练时把我放在先发球员里，他为了让训练更有竞争性，会罚训练赛输掉的一队去跑步。刚开始我们这队领先，但是半场的时候，凯文把我换到了落后的那一边。我想，凯文你想试试我对吗？所以我很感谢凯文给我机会去竞争。他让我的求胜欲望更加强烈。我把这个当做激励我的动力，我知道这是为了历练我，而往往10次里面有9次second team会取得胜利。
杰瑞 劳恩斯多夫——我能说他什么好呢？第二年我打了七场就伤了脚，康复之后我很想打球，然后杰瑞和一帮队医就头头是道的说我每半场只能打七分钟之类的理论——虽然我每天都要训练两小时——我可不管这些算数上的问题。当时的选秀规则是战绩最烂的球队得到最好的选秀权，我说：你们想破罐子破摔弄个好签，这我不管，我只是想比赛和赢球，想进入季后赛，使公牛队保持那股干劲，所以我去了他的办公室，对他说：“Jerry，我说我每天训练两小时，可不想每场就打14分钟。他说：“我们对你是长期投资，在你身上我们倾注了很多心血” 那时我的腿伤只有10%的可能性复原。我说：我真的想参加比赛他说：“假如你头疼，有一个盒子里装了10个胶囊，只有一个是有效的，其他的都是毒药，你会怎么选择？”我回答说“那头疼有多严重？”Jerry说:我想你给出了一个好的答案，好吧你可以去参加比赛了”
我还要感谢一些人，这些名字或许你们都没想到。Isiah Thomas，Magic Johnson，George Gervin。在我的新秀赛季，我被你们完全冻结。是你们给我了前进的动力，每天我都需要进步，我要证明我所得到一切成就都问心无愧，无论人们是如何评论的，我从来不把谣言当做真相。你们从来没有把我吓怕，不论如何，我就是要向你们证明我有资格在这个场上打球，就跟你们一样。毫无疑问，在我整个职业生涯中我想我已经证明了这一切，即使是面对活塞，我做到了。
Pat Riley，我想起了以前我把你的球队横扫，第二天你给我的门上留了一个纸条：我很享受与你的比赛，恭喜你，但是我们还会再见的。我想你就和我一样，享受竞争的过程，乐于与我竞争，即便你是从一个教练的角度，无论是尼克斯还是热火，每次我与你比赛，你有所谓的乔丹终结者（无敌的讽刺），你有我所喜欢的John Starks。你还不让我与Oakley一起吃饭，因为我们是竞争对手，（Charles Oakley）是我在联盟中强有力的对手，也是我最好的朋友，Patrick Erving和我一样大，我们也是同一年进联盟的（似乎帮主记错了尤因的时间），但是我却很少和他一起吃饭，这是什么原因？是因为我在场上将尼克斯打得落花流水？我还是一个很友善的人，我热爱与人交往。但是一旦进入球场，我就会全身心投入，争取每一场胜利。我感谢你们给与了我所极度渴望的动力
Phil Jackson，对我来说他就是我职业联盟的Dean Smiths，他磨练了我的意志，强健了我的体魄。他对比赛有很深刻的理解，Tex Wenter也对我做出了很多指导，他对我很严厉，我很少能使他满意。他今天没在现场。我记得有一场比赛，球队落后了5分或者10分，然后我拿了25分并且球队获胜，Wenter: There is no I in team Jordan: but there is I in win
Baron Russel，在1994年我打棒球的时候，他们在一边的篮球场上投篮，我跟他们打招呼，当时我想我没有动力再去追寻篮球的足迹。但是他们走过来问我：你为什么要退役，你知道我可以防住你，别让我看到你再穿上篮球裤，（原话其实语气没这么强烈If ever see you in a pair of shorts）所以当我1995年回归联盟，96年与犹他比赛的时候，Russel坐在我的旁边：你还记得94年的事吗？我想我现在可以轻松地防死你，我很高兴与你比赛 我说:最好你有机会相信我，从这一天，他有了这个机会，我没有问他是否成功，他的确有，从这天起，如果我有穿上篮球裤，我就直接去找他（其实这一段对话我没太听清，帮主语速快而且没有说出是谁讲的话，哪位达人可以再听听大概在20分钟左右）
Thank you! Thank you!
I told my friends I would come here to say “thank you” then walked off. I can’t, it’s no way. I get so many people I can thank. In all the videos, you never just saw me, also Scottie Pippen and the championship we won. I’ve got a lot of questions over the last four weeks. Anybody says “well, why do you pick David Thompson?” I know why, David knows why and maybe you guys don’t know. But as I grow up in North Carolina, I was eleven years old, 1974, I think, when David won the championship. I hated North Carolina, but I ended up in North Carolina. But I was in love with David Thompson, not just for the game basketball, but in terms of what he represented. You know, we all, as David says or said we go through trails and tribulations. And he did, and I was inspired by him. And when I called him and asked him to stand up for me, I know I shocked a shoot out of him. I know I did. But he is very kind to say, ”Yeath, I’ll do it.” That is not disrespect to the North Carolina guy; we all know I am true blue North Carolina guy to the heart. Coach Smith, Larry Brown, Sam Perkins, James Worthy, you know all of those guys.
I’d like to start to my parents. You guys see all the I-likes. What is about me that you guys don’t know? As I set up here and watch all the other guys give their history. So many things I didn’t know about Jerry Sloan. And we lived on the phone, but I didn’t know he was in a small class from the first grade to the eighth grade. Even David Robinson, I have known David for some time. You know, but I found some things, good things or bad things about him that I didn’t know. And Chipson, I’ve known Chipson for years. My father and my mother spent a lot time with Mike and found out good things about her, but what about me that you guys don’t know?
I got two brothers, James and Larry, five four and five five in height. They give me all I could ever ask for. As brothers, in terms of competition. My brother Larry is an ideal situation with small things coming with small packages. This do fall me every single day. To the extend that my mother used to come out and make us come in because we were fighting way too much. My older brother was always gone. He is served in the army for 31 years. And the competition didn’t stop there. My sister who is one year younger than me, never want to be alone by herself. She took classes, extra classes, graduated from high school with me, to go to university North Carolina with me, and to graduate fairer than me. And you guys wanna know where my competition nature comes from, it came from them, it came from my older sister and she is not here today. My father who is not here today, obviously he is with us, all of us. My competitive nature has gone a long way from the first time I picked up any sports, baseball, football, run-track, basketball, anything in this class I played.
They started to fire me; you know that fire started from my parents. As I moved on my career, people add wood to that fire. Coach Smith, what can I say about him? He is a legendary coach. Lerold Smith, now you guys think that’s a mistake. Lerold Smith was the guy when I got kicks he got picked in the team. He is here tonight. He is still the same six seven guy. He is not even bigger. His level is even about the same. But he started the whole process for me, because when he made the team and I didn’t, I wanted to prove, not just to Lerold Smith, not just to myself, but to the coach who actually picked Lerold over me. I want to make sure he understood you made a mistake, dude.
Buss Peterson, My roommate. When I first met Buss, all I heard about was that this kid from Ashville North Carolina was clearly unplayed against but he has never played against me then, so how do you come to be the player of the year? Is that some type of media, exposure, you know I came from Wilmington, you know, where two channel, channel ABC and channel NBC that I never saw NBA at all when I grow up. They didn’t have CBS receiver in North Carolina or Wilmington also. Buss Peterson became a dead on my board. When I get a chance to meet Peterson on the basketball court. But he is a great person. It isn’t the fault of his. It was just my competitive natures. I didn’t think he can beat me or is better than me as a basketball player. And he became my roommate. From that point on, he became my focal point not knowingly. He didn’t know it, but he did. And Coach Smith, the day when he was on the Sports Illustrated, he named four starters and he didn’t name me. That burned me up, because I got to be on that Sports Illustrate. He had his own vision about giving a freshman that exposure, I totally understand that but from a basketball sense I deserve to be on that Sports Illustrated, and he understands that.
And it didn’t stop there. My competitive natures went right into the pros, I get to the bulls which I am very proud. At the time Jerry Reinsdorf didn’t own the team. It was another organization Reinsdorf drafted me. Kevin Loughery was my first coach. Kevin used to take practice and put me in starting five. You know, he made a competitive thing where the losing team had to run. So now we are almost on the winning team, halfway on the game, halfway on the situation, he switched me to the losing team. So I took that as a competitive thing, but you were trying to test me and by nine times out of ten the second team would come back to win no matter what he did. So I appreciated Kevin to give me that challenge, providing that type of fire with me and he threw another log on that fire for me. Jerry Reinsdorf, I mean what else can I say. The next year when I came back I broke my foot; I was out of 65 games. And when I came back I wanna play. The doctor came with his old theory that you can play only seven minutes a game, but I am practicing two hours a day. I am saying, well, I don’t agree with that math. And back then, whoever has the worst record gets the most balls in Ping-Pang balls, you know you can decide what pick you can have, but I don’t care about that. I just wanted to win. I wanna made to playoffs. I wanna keep that energy going in Chicago. So I had to go into his office and sat down with him and say “Jerry, I actually think I should play more than 14 minutes and practice more than two hours. He said “We have to protect the long-term investment we’ve invested on you. I said “I really think I should be able to play.” He said “Let me ask you this, if you had a headache.” At that time, there was ten percent that I can hurt my ankle or my foot. He said “You had a headache and you got ten capsules, and one of them is coated with poison, would you take it?” I looked him and say “It depends on how bad is that headache. How bad is that headache” .Jerry looked me and say “You are OK, I guess you had a good answer, you can go back to play. You let me allow you to go back and play.” You know, Jerry provided a lot of difficult obstacles for me but at the same time the guy gave me a opportunity to perform at the highest level in terms of basketball. The bulls, the whole bulls organization, you know, they did great adjustments for me and all my teammates. Believe me I had a lot of teammates in all the 14 years I played for the bulls. I respect each one of them. I just want them to win. No matter how you looked at it. Doug Collins came the same time when I was trying to play at the summer time. He said “well, you are part of the organization and the organization said you can’t play at the summer time. I said “you read the things in my contract; in my contract I have the ‘love the game’ clause. That means I can play anytime I want, any place I want And Doug looked at me and said “you are right, you are right.” And that’s how we became a little closer. Jerry Krause is right there and Jerry is not here. Obviously I don’t know who’d invite him, I didn’t. But, I hope he understands it goes a long way. He is a very competitive person. I was a very competitive person. He said organizations win championships. I said “I didn’t see organizations playing with the flu in Utah. I didn’t see it playing with a bad ankle.” Granted, granted, I think organizations put together teams, but at the end of the day, team’s got to go out and play. I think the players win the championship, and the organization has something to do with it, don’t get me wrong. But don’t try to put the organization above players. Because player still got to go out of there and perform. You guys got to pay us, but I am still to out to play.
Obviously you’ve seen my kids Marcus and Jeffery. I love you guys. I think you guys represent a lot of me and a lot of different person as your mum, you represent them as well. You know, I think you guys have a heavy burden. I wouldn’t want to be you guys if I had to. You know, because all the expectations you have to deal with. I mean, look around you, they charge a thousand dollars ticket for this thing, for this holy event. It used to be 200 dollars, but I paid it. You know, I have no choice. I have a lot of families and a lot of friend I have to bring in. So thank all of you to raising ticket price. I love you guys, you guys have a host of people supporting you, family, friends, people that you don’t know, relatives coming our of the woodworks. You know, no matter how you look at it, but I think we taught you right. Your mum and I, hopefully you can make the right decisions when the time comes. My mum, what can I say about my mum, my mum never stays still. You think I am busy. She is always on the go. Without her, she is rough, she is unbelievable. Even right now, she takes over two jobs. She is unbelievable woman. As I experienced the failure each everyday, it is her. She classically keeps me focus on the good things about life. You know, how people perceive you, how you respect them, you know, what’s good for the kids, what’s good for you, you know, how you perceive public, take a second thoughts and pause to think about things you should do. These all came from my parents, you know, came from my mum. She is still like this these days, I am 46 years old, she is still parenting me today. That’s a good thing. I’ll love her to death. I’ll love her to death.
And I will thank a couple of people that you guys probably wouldn’t even think I will thank. Isaiah Thomas, Magic Johnson and George Gervin. They are the so-called freezing-out in my rookie season. I wouldn’t remember you guys gave me the motivation to say, you know what? Evidently I haven’t proved enough to these guys. I’ve got to prove these guys that I deserve what I got at this level. No matter what people have said, if it is rumor, I never took it is truth. But you guys never froze me up, because I was yet happy to be there no matter how you look at it. From that point forward, I wanted to prove to you, Magic, Larry, Gorge and everybody that I deserve to be on this level as much as anyone else. And hopefully over the whole period of career I have done that, without a doubt. Even in the Detroit, we’ve done that.
Pat Riley, you and I go way back. I still remember in Pat Riley, in Pat Riley. I was coming in there, got leaving; you decided to stay a couple of days. You were coming into my suite and told me to get out of my suite. You slid a note on the leak of my door, although you had to move, you didn’t move. You slid the note, saying” I enjoyed the competition, congratulation, but we will meet again. And I take the heart in that, because I think in all I can see you are competitive and even from a coach standing point. You challenge me every time I play the Nicks, the Heats, I don’t think you are with the Lakers, but every time I play against you, you have “Jordan Stoppers” on your team, you have John Starks who I love. You even had my friend Oakley says “We can’t go to the lunch, we can’t go to the dinner together, because this guy hit me harder than anybody else in the league. He was my best friend. Patrick Erving and I are the same age. We came up at the same time. But we can’t go to the lunch together. Why is this an issue? You think I play against Patrick any different than I play anybody else? No, no. They had your learned guy became the Nicks, coach after you, Jeff van gundy. He said I can’t be player fairly and I may dead on the basketball court. Where is it come from? I just happen to be a friendly guy. I get along with everybody, but at the same time when the light comes on, I am more competitive than anybody. So you guys, I must say thank you for giving me the motivation that I desperately needed.
Phil Jackson is, to me, is a professional Dean Smith. He challenged me mentally, not just physically. You know, he understood the game, along with Tex Wenter. They taught me a lot about the basketball game. Tex being the specialist, I can never please Tex. And I love Tex. Tex is not here. And I know he is here in spirit. I can remember a game coming after the basketball court; we were down five to ten points. And I go off about 25 points, we came back to win the game. As we walked out the floor and Tex looked me and said “you know, there is ‘I’ in ‘team’.” I said “there is not ‘I’ in ‘team’, but there is ‘I’ in ‘win’.” I think he got my message. I will do anything to win. You know, that means we play team format to win. That means I will do what I have to do. No matter how you look at it. Then you had all your media message “Scoring champion can’t win a NBA title”. You are not good as Magic Johnson, you are not good as Larry Bird. You are good, but you are not good as those guys. I have to listen to all this. And that put so much wood on that fire. It kept me each everyday trying to get better as a basketball player. I am not saying they were wrong. I may look at them from a different perspective. But at the same time as a basketball player, I am trying to become the best I can. You know, for someone like me who achieve a lot in this kind of career, you look for any kind of messages that people may say or do to get you motivated to play the game basketball to the highest level. Because that’s what I feel when I assail at my best.
And my last example and the last you guys probably have seen. I hate to do it to them. He is such a nice guy. When I first met Bryon Russell, John and Karl, I was in Chicago in 1994. I was working out for baseball and they all came down for workout and shooting around. I came over and say “Hello”, and at this time I had no thoughts of coming back and playing the game of basketball. Bryon Russell came over to me and said “why did you quit? why did you quit? You know I could guard you, if I ever see you in a pair of shorts”. Do you remember? John. When I did decide to come back in 1995 and we played Utah in 96, I’m at the center circle and Bryon Russell is standing next to me. I said “You remember the conversation you made in 1994 about ‘I think I can guard you, I can shut you down, I would love to play against you?’ Well, you are about to get your chance, and believe me ever since that day he got his chance, I don’t know how succeed he was. I think he got his chance. From this day forward, if he ever say me in shorts, I would come at him.
I know you guys got to go. I know I’ve been up here a lot longer than I told my friends I was gonna up here, I cried, I was supposed to get up , said “Thank you” and walked off and I am not able to do that. So I appreciate it. Thank you very much. I appreciate it. As I close, the game basketball has been everything to me, my refuge, a place I am always gone when I need to find comfort and peace. It’s been a source of intense pain and a source of most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. The one that no one of you can imagine. It’s been a relationship of number of intersection. It gave me the great expects and love for the game. It provided me with a platform and shared my passions with millions in the way I neither expected nor could imagine in my career. I hope it’s given millions of people touch and optimism to achieve their goals through hard work, perspiration and positive attitude. Although I am recognized with this honor of being in the Hall of Fame, I don’t look this moment as final relationship between me and the basketball. It simply a continuation of something I started a long time ago. One day, you may look up a senior player at a game of 50.Oh, no. Don’t laugh. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fear, are often just an illusion.
Thank you very much!