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11/12/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Michael Jordan Can't Let Go of Old Hurts During HOF Speech

It's hard to listen to a filthy-rich man complain about the price of tickets for his enshrinement in his sport's hall of fame.

But that, among other cringe-worthy moments is exactly what Michael Jordan did.

Friday's ceremony in Springfield, Mass., inducting not just MJ but also C. Vivian Stringer, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and David Robinson, was reportedly moved to a larger venue to accommodate the number of people who wanted to watch it all.

And Jordan duly noted that the price seemed four times higher than he remembered, just in time for him to have to purchase a whole host of them for his family and friends.

Uncomfortable as much of the speech made me, I was riveted to the screen. Jordan doesn't often put himself in positions to be candid when the greater public is listening. What we see is mostly golf course video, shots of him attending Bobcats games and some red carpet appearances.

This was a whole heck of a lot more entertaining. As I noted on my Twitter page, he seemed to be settling old scores despite the fact that all former foes have been vanquished.

If he didn't think they had submitted, then he made sure that happened. If he knew it then this was mere gloating or a gift to those of us who have never heard the unapologetic and competitive Jordan.

Either way you look at it, the video of the speech is must-see entertainment. If you want to see video of the other inductees' remarks I suggest you pick either Stockton's or David Robinson's to watch and compare with MJ's. NBA.com video segments can be found, here

The contrast is stark because the personalities are vastly different but also due to the tone they each struck in their remarks. Whether The Admiral or Stockton are truly at this seemingly peaceful place, I can't be certain.

But what I do know is that they used their spotlight moment to reflect, give thanks, enlighten us about the journey and bask in the glow. I think Jordan thought he was doing just that, but in his own way.