Friday, September 11, 2009
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:
You can watch below:
- 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.