Jump Start (8/8/10)

Most basketball fans would associate the baby powder toss in this strip with LeBron James. After all, the once and future “king” made a habit of throwing chalk into the air before each home game, to the delight of Cleveland Cavaliers fans. But how quickly we forget that Michael Jordan also had a pre-game chalk ritual. Before each Chicago Bulls game, he made sure to clap his dusty hands in the direction of long-time game announcer (and former Bulls coach) Johnny “Red” Kerr. It was a low-key ritual compared to James’, but I think Bulls fans can take solace in the fact that Jordan won six championships in his six trips to the NBA Finals.

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