‘Way He Would Ridicule People’: Famous Author Details Michael Jordan’s Tough Personality Played Part in Bulls Breakup

Published 06/03/2021, 7:15 AM EDT


The Chicago Bulls rose to prominence because of Michael Jordan. He was the pioneer of the Bulls franchise as he made them the best team in the country. Having won the NBA title five times heading into the 1997-98 season, Jordan was a man on a mission to collect his sixth on the go. Along with Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, MJ motivated his players to give their all in games. However, there were instances where players felt bullied by Jordan’s work ethic, and his desire to win.

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In a recent podcast, a famous author explained how intense MJ was with his teammates.

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)

Roland Lazenby speaks about Michael Jordan

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Lazenby is a famous author who wrote the book “The Life”. Notably, he mentioned how Michael was difficult for his teammates to handle because of the standards he set on the court.

Lazenby said, “So I decided that I would couch it in the term that he was a great team leader which he was. I would say you know, you get on that bus, you can be very ruthless and people say you’re difficult away from the public you know, you’ll do these things like you did with Scott Burrell and he said I can be very hard… It is not normal. It requires some processing.”

Lazenby also mentioned how standards were set by MJ in Chicago and how his Airness’ aura was too strong to not be felt. Not only was he one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but he was also one of the best trash-talkers in the game. Some players felt disrespected when Jordan ridiculed them while practicing, and Scott Burrell was one player who spoke about the intensity at which MJ trained.

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MJ’s last season with the Bulls

As he entered the last year of his contract, Michael decided not to extend his stay with the Bulls. The much-acclaimed Last Dance TV show depicts the personality and achievements of Jordan. His former teammate, Scott Burrell, spoke about Jordan being tough on him in practice because he set high standards for his teammates. Burrell spoke about how MJ wanted to win every game, and it was tough on his teammates to live up to that challenge.

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No other player epitomized the hands-on approach like Michael Jordan.

After years of patience and hard work, Jordan finally landed his sixth NBA title as the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz in 1997-98. The incredible numbers Jordan put in the playoffs were memorable as he scored 32.3 points per game in the playoffs. The team never got together after that season, and it was evident the players were leaving the franchise. Jordan’s antics might have lead to the breakup of the Bulls organization because some players spoke about how they got mentally drained.

The standards set in Chicago to be the best were non-negotiable. Even though there were criticisms of Jordan being a taskmaster, nobody can deny his level of dedication to the game of basketball.

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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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