Disclaimer: This is not a review nor a debate. I’m just a fan of basketball who wants to talk about it 🙂
I am a basketball enthusiast ever since I was a kid. I am right in the era of Kobe so I might be a little bit bias, but I will try not Ko Be 🙂
I used to play basketball and remember collecting nba cards then putting those into an album. That is during the late 90s, I think.
I am a fan of both MJ and Kobe, but watching netflix’s the last dance, I am seeing a lot of resemblance in their style of play, work ethic, passion, motivation and most of all, the strive for greatness. Watching the series, which is now on its 8th episode, I’ve become more fan of Jordan mainly because how he have handled everything that came to his life. From the struggles, injuries, challenges, death of his father, retirement and coming back from it. Basically being an icon – he handled it with class.
Here’s my favorite excerpt stories from the series:
Early retirement, tragic death of MJ’s father
One of the saddest part in the series is that when his father died tragically. After he won his first 3 championships, the struggle for him to continue playing basketball was lost at some point and one of the reasons that triggered his early retirement. But an inspiring story to this is how he was able to get back on track, find his passion back and came back even strong as he ever was. He actually won another 3 more nba championships!
A hell of a team mate
MJ’s mentality is superb. One of his quotes in the episode is saying “My mentality was to go out and win, at any cost”. With this mentality, he’s approach towards his team mates was impacted to the point his being tagged as a$$hole. He talks trash to his team mates whenever he sees mistakes in the practice, mostly in the actual game. One of his team mates, Will Perdue said “he was an a$$hole and a jerk. He crossed the line numerous times. But as time goes on, and you think back about what he was actually trying to accomplish, you were like, Yeah, he was a hell of a teammate”. I think MJ didn’t really want to do it because he wants to do it, looking like a bad and bully teammate. It is just what he thinks it takes to be a successful from which we all see that is now in the history books.
Unpretentios, appreciative with is teammates
One of MJ’s quotes in the series which strikes me is when he said “Whenever they speak Michael Jordan, they should speak Scottie Pippen. When everybody says, well, I won all these championships- but I didn’t win without Scottie Pippen. And that’s why I consider him my best teammate of all-time.” MJ gives the credit where the credit is due even if it actually looks like he’s too dominant in his era and can win championships whoever his teammates are.
The GOAT, Greatest of all time
For me personally, he’s is the current “The GOAT” or “The greatest of all time” if…
- We talk about the staying power of a basketball player. He’s absolutely still relevant now and have been for so long of any basketball player.
- We talk about a basketball player turned businessman. He’s air 1 shoes have been dominating the basketball shoes market and its sales were crazy. He both achieved success in that 2 areas which is amazing.
- We talk about the richest basketball player. He has his own airplane, yacht, shoe line, nba basketball team and a lot more to mention.
- We talk about the skills, how he wins the championships and how he dominates the era.
If we associate all the factors above, clearly it’s Jordan. BUT if we are gonna talk about basketball skills alone, Kobe is the GOAT and Jordan only the second 🙂 I’ll explain this on my next basketball blog.
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