Michael Jordan Explains Why He Couldn’t Enjoy His Massive Success During Bulls’ Reign of Dominance

Published 08/10/2021, 2:30 PM EDT
Basketball player Michael Jordan clenches his fist while sitting on the bench during a game at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. (Photo by © Wally McNamee/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)


The Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan together created an era in the history of basketball. Their prominence through the six commendable championships attracted fans in huge numbers. While Bulls players were busy having the time of their lives, Michael Jordan had other plans on his mind.

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Back in the days when the Chicago Bulls was ruling the game of basketball, fans witnessed greatness in its purest form. Irrespective of cities, most of the people called themselves Jordan fans. And Bulls, as a franchise, displayed complete dominance while eliminating and competing against tough players.

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Bulls legend Michael Jordan was only focused on winning

Fans were going bonkers at the time if the Bulls team bus crossed a street or they spotted one of their players. While the crowd was in love with them, the team was also in a joyous setup within the Bulls family. They were winning championships, attracting immense support from fans all across the world, and enjoying their times at the team parties.

Amidst all of this, Michael Jordan had set himself apart. The superstar was in isolation and never made it to any such parties. In a recent episode on ABC News In-Depth, Jordan said –“I wish I could have laid back and enjoyed it as much as everybody else, but that didn’t guarantee us success. That didn’t say we’re going to win. So, I had to do what I had to do.”

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Jordan has always been about winning and competing throughout his magnificent career. The legend has made sacrifices and he couldn’t afford to be laid back. There are multiple tales on MJ’s off-court personality, primarily mentioned in last year’s famous docu-series, ‘The Last Dance’.

Michael’s success criteria were different from others

Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, the entire crew of the team, the players, and the GOAT together created some magical moments for NBA to cherish. Their team experienced stardom for years, together with fans going crazy in the stands.

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The boy from North Carolina proved to become the world’s greatest basketball player of all time. Michael’s teammates have often mentioned how strict he was with himself and he expected the same from his entire team.  However, he wishes he could have taken a leeway for a while.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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