If you are not familiar with the life story of Michael Jordan, he was actually cut from his high school basketball team. Yes, the same Michael Jordan who is regarded by some as the best basketball player in the history of the game.
What I take out of that is that Jordan is the type of person who does not give up very easily. If he wasn’t that type of person, he would have taken the message from his high school basketball coach to heart, and he would have given up on his basketball dreams. (I’m sure Patrick Ewing wouldn’t have minded that too much!) Instead Jordan decided to dedicate more time to basketball in order to get better. He would work countless hours trying to improve his game, and of course, as everybody knows, it paid huge dividends in the end.
Obviously Jordan’s superb talents made him one of the best of all-time, but the thing that truly separated him from the average basketball player was his mentality of never giving up. Although this mentality was most clearly seen on the basketball court, it is a part of Jordan’s everyday life.
You need not look any further than the most recent addition to the Charlotte Bobcats’ roster. That, of course, is Kwame Brown. The same Kwame Brown who is known to be the worst decision of Jordan’s basketball career. With Jordan being the majority owner of the Bobcats, it was Jordan’s decision to bring the “bust” on board in order to give him another shot at NBA success.
And you can’t really blame Jordan for holding on to his protege from yesteryear. I mean, after all, had Jordan not “held on” to his dreams, or he wasn’t given a second chance, the NBA history books would look a lot differently than they do today.
Quitting has never been an option for Jordan. Sure roadblocks have gotten in the way, but he has always continued to push forward with unyielding determination. Who knows? Maybe it is this second chance for Kwame Brown that can be the difference in the course of NBA history for the next 5-10 years.
All I know is that Jordan has a great track record when it comes to never giving up and competing to the bitter end. If this actually works out as Jordan and the Bobcats hope it will, Jordan will only add to the legacy that he has created for himself on the court. On the other hand, if this doesn’t work out, Jordan might just have to face the fact that winning is not always a possibility.
Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain: Jordan will stop at nothing in order to make this move the best it can be. He might not be able to instill the same values in Kwame Brown that exist within himself, but he will sure as heck try. Is it possible? That still remains to be seen.