Former Bulls Teammate Details About Michael Jordan’s Most Unique Quality

Published 06/18/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Chicago Bulls # 33 Scottie Pippen and Chicago Bulls # 23 Michael Jordan courtside during Chicago Bulls vs New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)


Basketball fans are aware of the Chicago Bulls’ dominance in the 90s. The simple explanation for why this is such common knowledge is Michael Jordan. Arguably the greatest of all time, Jordan was incredible on the court. He dominated the other teams with mind-boggling. Having won the NBA title six times, he cemented his legacy along with other legends of the game. Now, his former NBA teammate, BJ Armstrong, who won three NBA titles with Jordan in the early stages of his career, has spoken about Michael’s self-belief and demeanor.

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Armstrong’s reflections on Michael Jordan

During the 1992 NBA finals, the Bulls were leading 3-2 in their series against the Portland Trail Blazers. They had the opportunity to close out the series in Chicago and win their second consecutive NBA title. Armstrong spoke about the players not being focused and how they did not play the game well. Even Jordan was not up to the mark. However, with Jordan, nothing was impossible.

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Michael Johnson #23, shooting guard for the Chicago Bulls prepares to make a shot during a Central Division game in the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 1988 – 1989 season at Chicago Stadium, Chicago, United States. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Allsport/Getty Images)

BJ Armstrong remembered when Jordan told Phil Jackson to let him play, despite putting on a sub-standard performance from the bench. BJ even spoke in awe of the mentality of Jordan during clutch moments.

“What a unique quality to have that you’re still in tune with the game even though you’re not playing well and that to me was just another example of how he carried himself, how he always prepared and more importantly winning was the only thing that mattered to him,” said Armstrong.

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Jordan’s performance in game 6

The ability of Jordan to produce the goods when they mattered most was quite astounding. Jordan finished the game with 33 points, four assists, and four steals in that match while shooting at 54.2 percentage from the field in Game 6. The sheer drive and determination he showcased were something else.

The Bulls won their second consecutive title to spark wild celebrations amongst the fans. The offensive skill set MJ produced was quite remarkable, while not compromising on defense. Along with Scottie Pippen, MJ became the most devastating duo in NBA history.

 

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No player has elevated a franchise as MJ did. The Bulls guard put them on the map as Chicago became an inspiration for new players to join the league, and the Jordan brand continues to grow forever.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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