Wednesday Afterschool Special: MJ's B-Day

The greatest basketball player of all time — and the first SI Kids cover model — turns 53 today. Celebrate his Airness's big day by checking out SI's 100 greatest photos from his career. Or you can check out some decidedly goofier shots from his second issue on the SI Kids cover: 

Remember Cam Atkinson's puppy-goal hat trick last month? If you don't here's what you missed: A day after fan held up a sign saying his dad would buy him a puppy if Bobby Ryan scored, a little girl in Columbus did the same, but for the Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson. Well Atkinson did score — three times, in fact — and just two days ago got to meet his namesake:

Among the "Best of Breed" winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Monday was a dog named Manny Machado, after the Oriolers' star third baseman. The dog is of the Xoloitzcuintli breed (or Xolo, for short). Among the canine's fans? Human Manny Machado's teammate, Adam Jones

Here are two very different versions of pulling the rim down:

 

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