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57 Sports Illustrated Covers Later, Michael Jordan Is Finally Understood

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The Nov. 4 Commemorative Issue of Sports Illustrated features a bird's eye view of Michael Jordan on a royal blue court as endless as the sky, his shadow trailing beneath him as he soars in for a dunk. The issue marks the 57th time MJ has appeared on the magazine's cover, and as with everything else in sport, MJ is miles ahead of his closest competitor; Muhammad Ali is second all-time with just 38 covers. The front and back pages of the magazine are made of a thick paper stock with a gritty, nubbled texture, an homage to the leather of a basketball. Inside, 88 glossy pages of Jordan, and just a handful of the 797 Sports Illustrated articles written about the greatest athlete of all time. One piece, by the singular Jack McCallum, is worth the cover price alone....

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