Last week I came across this article posted on the New York Times website (cited below) about an interview with one of my all-time heroes and my favorite athlete of all time: Michael Jordan. It revolved around a question in response to claims from Kobe Bryant that the 2012 USA Squad could beat the 1992 Dream Team. The question, “Was the 1992 Dream Team better than the 2012 USA Squad?” We all know what I would answer to that LOL!! But, reading how Jordan handled that conversation was unreal. He displayed a lot of the qualities I love most about him; his humor, his intelligence, his passion for the game and his (earned) confidence.
He used facts to drop some serious knowledge on the situation in the following excerpt from the article, “I heard Kobe say we were not athletic,” said a smiling Jordan as he sat in a golf cart puffing on his cigar while waiting to tee off. “But we were smart. He said we were too old, but I was 29 and in the prime of my career. Pip (Scottie Pippen) was 26 or 27, (Charles) Barkley was 29, Patrick (Ewing) was 29 and Chris Mullin was 29. Almost everybody was still in their twenties.” “
The end is where the best quote from the article is, solidifying Michael Jordan’s status as #LEGEND No questions asked. “..I’d like to think that we had 11 Hall of Famers on that team and whenever they get 11 Hall of Famers you call and ask me who had the better Dream Team. Remember now, they learned from us. We didn’t learn from them.” (I just got chills)
There’s where the lesson to take away from the entire article, and what I wanted to point out here, truly lies. There should be a humble respect and acknowledgment for the lessons learned and the examples shown. Dedication and discipline to and in the game led Jordan and the Dream Team to the successes they had. Talent was without a doubt part of that, but as we can see from the arguments Jordan makes, it’s not the only thing.
Take the gifts and passions you have, apply hard work, stay motivated and you will find respectable, genuine and honorable success. #MakeMoves!
The entire article was a fun read, I strongly suggest you check it out and let me know your thoughts!
The Associated Press. “Jordan- 1992 Dream Team Better Than 2012 USA Squad.” www.NYTimes.com. 2012. July 12, 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/07/12/sports/ap-oly-bko-jordan-dream-team.html?_r=3&ref=sports