“Can’t Get Mad”: Being Famous for His Insane Toughness, Michael Jordan Helps a Budding Player With ‘Frustrated’ Advice

Published 10/08/2023, 1:10 PM EDT

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The NBA season is about to start in three weeks. During the offseason, people moved to the high school level to see what the players were cooking up. Many young and upcoming stars made a name for themselves in various games and tournaments. Among the young aspirants, one who shone in high school still has not made his college practice debut because of a lingering injury that has kept him out for months.

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Being a big fan of Michael Jordan, the 19-year-old Kentucky-bound star revealed how remembering Jordan has helped him face the tough times on his road to recovery.

Everyone has gone through it, even Michael Jordan

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Aaron Bradshaw is one of the eight new freshmen who joined the Kentucky basketball team this year. The 7-footer is projected to be a lottery pick, but his foot injury could leave him indisposed among the minds of the scouts.

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Bradshaw injured his foot in March when he played in the McDonald’s All-American game. He hoped for the injury to heal on its own. But it did not, so he ended up having surgery in June. When talking about his road to recovery, Bradshaw revealed how he was dealing with it.

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Bradshaw said, “It’s a part of the game. Everybody gets hurt. Jordan went through the flu. Bron got his ankle. Everybody goes through something. I can’t get mad or frustrated that it happened to me.”

Bradshaw is wise beyond his years. He knows that injuries are a part of the sport. Sometimes an injury to a player alters the trajectory of the team. It’s unavoidable, and it’s no one’s fault.

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Michael Jordan’s toughness was unmatched

Michael Jordan is one of the most competitive players ever. This has led to him being a tough player and leader. Over the years, there have been countless stories of MJ terrorizing his peers and his opponents with his play. His iconic flu game is a testament to how tough he is. His dedication to always being the best pushes him through times of trouble to get the win. Even physically, Jordan was able to play 82 games for many seasons. Jordan has shown his competitive spirit during his practices as well. He has revealed that it drove him crazy when he couldn’t win.

Jordan also suffered an injury early in his career. In his second season in the league, he broke his foot. This caused him to miss 64 games that year. During this time, he could not do much. However, he discovered that he had to develop other aspects of his game to be dominant. He could not solely rely on his jumping ability to get the job done. So he worked on his mid-range jumpers during his time away from the sport, and once he returned, he was dominant.

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So for Aaron, this setback is just a hurdle in his way before he makes it to the league. What do you think about the young star? Let us know in the comments!

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Rijin Varghese

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Rijin is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for over a decade. He likes to learn about the nuances of sports, understand every player's contribution to a team, and also learn the logic behind player signings and team building.
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