Kaede Rukawa is likely based on NBA legend Michael Jordan, as he is considered at the end as the stongest player in Japanese High School basketball. They both have the same black armband, style of play and an incredible sense of 1 on 1 that allows them to defeat any opponent. However, when faced with Eiji Sawakita, he was completely overwhelmed and has to change tactics by passing the ball.
SLAM DUNK. Funniest!! Anime about basketball. I dont even like basketball but i love this anime. And my country is nuts about basketball so bball + tagalized comedy = hit! Rukawa rukawa l o v e rukawa! Or so the cheerleaders chant