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The real reason Michael Jordan never thought about coaching

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Ever wondered why NBA legend Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player ever, never had an interest in becoming a coach in the league?

Well, you are in luck, as Jordan told Cigar Aficionado’s Marvin R. Shanken that he doesn’t have the patience to be an NBA coach, via Slam Magazine:

“I have no patience for coaching. My biggest problem from a competitive standpoint is the focus of today’s athlete and the focus where I saw the game, how I pursued the game — it changes and it’s totally different,” NBA icon Michael Jordan said.

“For me to ask an individual to focus on the game the way I played the game, in some ways would be unfair for that kid that would have to endure that. If he didn’t do it, there is no telling where my emotions would be. I don’t think I would have the patience for it. So in essence, coaching is something that I’ve never really felt I could do from an emotional standpoint because I’m much different and I have a different perception about things than what the kids do today.”

Jordan is currently the owner of the Charlotte Hornets. The six-time NBA champion bought the franchise in 2010.

With the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game during his NBA career. MJ won all six Finals MVPs for the Bulls in the ’90s and took home five regular-season MVPs as well.

Jordan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. His No. 23 is retired by the Bulls and Miami Heat.