Richard Jefferson Defends LeBron James With Perfect Michael Jordan Example After Recent Criticism

Published 06/12/2021, 12:54 PM EDT

The Chicago Bulls franchise will forever be indebted to Michael Jordan for putting them on the map. Jordan was a six-time NBA champion while being a five-time regular season MVP. There were no players who could match Michael Jordan for the basketball skill set he displayed on the court.


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Recently, when Jokic won the MVP award, some star players like James and Curry did not congratulate him and a fan took to Twitter to voice his opinion. In addition, Richard Jefferson replied on the thread about Michael Jordan applauding Barkley and Malone.

The post stated how Jordan would always give praise to his competitors. However, Jordan might have played some mind-games over there.


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Chicago Bulls All-Star forward # 23 Michael Jordan playing against New York Knick # 20 Rolando Blackman at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Michael Jordan was a born winner

The Twitter thread was trending for some time as the post made insight into how fans perceived players.

The Last Dance showcased Michael Jordan’s life in a nutshell. Born-winner, determination, unfazed with the opposition defense, and a passion for the game were some of his intangibles. Every time he had a beef with an opponent player, Jordan would channelize that into putting up some incredible performances on the court. However, his humility is there for people to see while he took the time to applaud his opponent.

Barkley and Malone won the MVP awards as the post dangles between MJ’s will to win and his lighter side.


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Jordan was a five-time MVP

It is notable to know that Jordan won five NBA regular season MVP awards. Likewise, he was also a six-time finals MVP along with his six titles. But Jordan was more than that.

Even though he was hard on his teammates all the time, MJ had focused on the commitment to win basketball games, and strived to improve his teammates with his personal advice. Jordan is an incredible fighter on the court while being a nasty competitor off it.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

During his Bulls career, he averaged 31.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Apart from that unbeatable offense, his defensive side of the game was remarkable, averaging over 2.5 steals per game. Some of his shots during the clutch moments were legendary. With Scottie Pippen alongside him, Jordan’s Bulls were unbeatable smashing records all the time.


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Giving a toast to Barkley and Malone would have shown us his lighter side. But it is obvious to see that Michael took it personally. We know what happens when that happens. Jordan was a monster on the court while being mentally strong inside. There will not be a player who will have the influence he had on the game of basketball.


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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.