Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the best basketball player of all-time. Not only was he great, but also when he first came to the NBA he knew he had to work on many aspects of his game, and he did so tirelessly.
He was a superior competitor. He was more natural driving to the basket given his athletic abilities, but then he started shooting long-range shots too. He started developing his three-pointers and even competed in the all-star three-point competition, albeit struggling badly.
Nevertheless, Michael Jordan is known as a fearless competitor. He didn’t just end up being a 5-time NBA MVP and 6-time NBA champion for no reason.
When the game was on the line, he was the ultimate guy to go to. Throughout his career he has been known to be a strong clutch performer. He decided 25 games in the waning thirty seconds with crucial field goals, or free throws, including vital games in the finals and playoffs.
For a time it seemed that Michael Jordan just couldn’t miss a shot.
His secret? We bet it all goes down to hard work and mental toughness. But former NBA power forward Jayson Williams disagrees.
He has the strangest stories to tell, too. Jayson Williams, who once played for the New Jersey Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers says Michael Jordan was “almost like Satan.”
“He was intimidating. I remember when we went to play him in the playoffs he parked a brand new black Ferrari, about a million dollar car, in front of the locker room. And it was just black. And he wore that black, and he was almost like Satan.” Jayson Williams said.
“He won six championships, you know he made the shot with six seconds left on the clock, he had six MVPs. What’s that, 6-6-6?” He added.
It sounds like a conspiracy theory, and it sounds crazy, but that’s what Jayson Williams believes and has shared with Vice Sports.
Michael Jordan wasn’t just a great player, but on just about anything else, Jayson William thinks. He says he’d even beat you in a beer drinking fest.
“Honest to God, he (Michael Jordan) was one tough human being, and it was in anything. If you were drinking a beer, if he looked over and your beer was half full and he was three quarters, he’s going to finish his beer first. He’s just got to beat you at everything. He has an addiction to winning.”
Jayson Williams said, too, that he once contemplated suicide after Larry Bird dunked on him. He says, “Oh, s —, I got dunked on by a white man who’s at the end of his career. It’s a wrap now.”
On Charles Barkley he said, “He was the worst person to play with as a rookie because when you went in you got all the bad habits from him.” Referencing to Barkley’s eating habits, and how he used to eat during training.
On Manute Bol, the former NBA forward said that the management team made him drink beer all the time so he could gain weight. To what extent? He says Bol never played one game sober!
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