Michael Jordan admits there was a time when his father threatened to not let him play sports again.
In the latest episode of The Last Dance, His Airness revealed that he was getting suspended too much when he was young and his father wasn't happy about it. With that said, James R. Jordan decided to instill fear in a young MJ.
“I remember in the 9th grade I got suspended 3 times in one year and my father pulled me aside that summer and said: ‘Look, you don’t look like you’re headed in the right direction… you wanna go about doing all this, you can forget sports,” Michael Jordan recalled in The Last Dance.
“That’s all I needed to hear…I never got in trouble from that point on.”
Could you imagine if Jordan had continued to get in trouble and his father ended up cutting sports from his life? There would be no MJ, no Chicago Bulls (at least the way we know them today), and perhaps no NBA stardom internationally.
When you think about the NBA, the names and teams that usually come to mind are Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics, and Julius Irving.
If there had been no MJ, who knows if the NBA would be as popular as it is today. After all, His Airness and the Bulls were the face of the NBA for an entire decade.
Fortunately, Jordan decided to start behaving. He's the greatest basketball player of all-time and missing out on his greatness would have been atrocious.
Jordan won six championships with the Bulls and six Finals MVPs. He also captured five regular-season MVP awards and 10 scoring titles.
MJ finished his NBA career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 1,072 games with the Bulls and Washington Wizards.