‘That Man Never Got Tired’: Jamal Mashburn Reveals How Michael Jordan Made Him Wary of The NBA Lifestyle

Published 06/30/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: NBA legend and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan is on stage during the unveiling of the 2019 NBA All-Star game logo and city, being hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina next year, during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on February 18, 2018. (Photo by Philip Pacheco/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


Some basketball players, on entering the NBA, turn out to be exactly what people expect. Some surpass expectations or don’t live up to them at all. Unfortunately for Jamal Mashburn, he was one of those whose injuries prevented him from a successful NBA career. However, in the time he spent in the league, he got to know one thing and that was the NBA lifestyle, especially the way Michael Jordan conducted himself.

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Michael Jordan defined the way of the league

Jordan was known for his ways in the league, either off the court or on the court. From being one of the greatest players of all time, he also was the center of attention for some of his antics beyond the confines of the arena.

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Some know the Chicago Bulls legend shares his passion for basketball with his love for golf. But the legend that we saw was also rumored to be in extreme gambling debt. In fact, it is speculated that MJ’s first retirement was actually an effort on the league’s part to cover it up and clean up his act before he returned.

But what we also know is that none of this affected the way Jordan wreaked havoc on the court and Jamal Mashburn was witness to that. In an interview with, Mashburn narrated, “Michael Jordan staying up till five in the morning… That dude would stay up till five in the morning, play cards, go play golf, practice, then go back and play golf again. It’s like that man never got tired.”

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

Before Jamal entered the NBA, he was a highly rated player in college. After making an impact as a freshman at the University of Kentucky and becoming their best player, he quickly became the top player in the country as well.

He was the fourth-overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1993 NBA Draft. Mashburn took no time in establishing himself in the league and was nicknamed ‘Monster Mash’ because of his prolific scoring. Although injuries were a constant struggle for him, he continued to play at a high level.

It was only when multiple injuries befell him that he went on a downward spiral. If it wasn’t for that, who knows, maybe Mashburn would have had a bigger name than he does now, and definitely a longer career.

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After his retirement, Mashburn joined ESPN as an analyst. He also had a couple of business ventures that were deemed very successful. Owning over 90 businesses is not a cakewalk, but it’s his short-lived legacy in the league that makes him who he is.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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