Despite an “Obsessive, Maniacal” Attitude, Billionaire Michael Jordan Suffers One Major Setback: “Category Five Hurricane and a Nine on the Richter Scale Earthquake”

Published 03/21/2023, 8:10 AM EDT

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The news that NBA legend Michael Jordan is looking to sell his majority stake in the Charlotte Hornets was a huge shock for many. The Chicago Bulls legend once said that winning a title as an owner will be a bigger achievement than winning six titles as a player. So the report of Jordan being open to selling his stake without winning a title was a major talking point in NBA media lately. NFL legend Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless discussed the whole situation, while pointing out one major setback that prompted MJ to go against his nature and give in.

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It is no secret that Bayless considers Jordan the GOAT of the NBA. Shannon also has massive respect for the five-time NBA MVP. During the show, the two discussed a variety of aspects of MJ’s ownership so far and the final push that triggered his decision.

Michael Jordan’s basketball talent his downfall as an owner?

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Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless recently talked about the decision of Michael Jordan during an episode of Skip and Shannon: UNDISPUTED. The two agreed things come easily for talented people. However, they noted that sometimes talent can come in the way of your success in some fields.

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Sharpe then talked about MJ’s natural talents. He claimed that he would still be a top-15 player even if he did not have the work ethic. He added, “Now you compare the God-given ability with the obsessive maniacal work ethic and now you get this.” The former tight end added while his unparalleled drive and work-ethic pushed him to work hard, it might also have clouded his judgement as an recruiter.

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Sharpe continued to detail MJ’s obsession to win, “And he became maniacal with training. Maniacal about the game of basketball. So now as his talents starts to mesh with his desire and his work ethic and you got a category five hurricane and a nine on the Richter scale earthquake. You got the greatest force that’s maybe ever been assembled.”

But Skip, it doesn’t help you pick better players. It doesn’t,” he added with a smile.

Sharpe pointed out a few of His Airness’ poor decisions as an owner, saying that MJ’s skills on the hardwood didn’t translate in his decision-making as an owner. As a result, a competitor like Jordan, who has always been obsessed with winning, couldn’t take it anymore and decided to call it quits.

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Jordan’s struggles as an owner

Michael Jordan is one of the most successful players ever. However, the same cannot be said about his reign as an owner so far. Over the course of his ownership, the Hornets have struggled massively and have tasted no success.

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To someone who was obsessed with winning, losing is understandably one of the worst feelings. And it looks like the six-time NBA champion has had enough.

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Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing basketball since he was ten years old, and has followed the NBA for more than a decade now. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to give voice to his passion by writing on the sport, covering the NBA as well as other arenas of basketball.
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