Michael Jordan Talking to Michael Wilbon
An interesting conversation, in which Jordan sounds like someone who is not that far from wanting to play again.
They touch on a number of topics. For instance:
- Jordan says, of players today: "I try not to watch so much because I'm so critical of how the game's being played. ... I think they're overlooking a lot of things. ... [we] can see a lot of flaws."
- He says that he retired in 1993 because basketball "was very commercialized for me in 1993. You know I was on every Wheaties box and Gatorade bottle and things of that nature but my passion for the game was kind of lost." (Can you imagine this? In a manner ... the people who packaged and sold Jordan almost cost the sport its best player.)
- Jordan says he wouldn't trade his time in baseball for anything, saying being around people with genuine passion "reinstilled some of the desires that I had when I was a kid."
- He says his best Olympic experience by far was not the Dream Team, but 1984, when he was able to stay in the Olympic village, and had fewer commercial concerns.
- He also discusses the "best game he ever played in" which was a Dream Team scrimmage in Monte Carlo.