Not only was the average ESPN audience of almost six million people reminded throughout “The Last Dance” that Michael Jordan could play basketball, that he had a very competitive spirit and that he couldn’t handle a bunch of people but you wouldn’t want this guy in your skirmisher hole.
Jordan has mostly cared about Jordan all the way to six NBA championships and an eternal fame with the Chicago Bulls as someone who Forbes.com said made over a billion dollars.
You know, just from Nike
In fact, to hear Jordan say it, he got most of his loot from a combination of these people in sportswear and keeping his mouth shut.
“I congratulate Muhammad Ali for standing up for what he believed in, but I never considered myself an activist,” Jordan said in the documentary. “I considered myself a basketball player. I wasn’t a politician when I was playing my sport. Was it selfish? Probably. But that was my energy.
“This is where my energy was. “
Yeah. Thank goodness, when it comes to social injustice, LeBron James is the anti-Jordan, especially at times like these.
This month, a white father-son duo was arrested and charged with murder for killing Ahmaud Arbery while the 25-year-old African American jogged in Brunswick, Georgia, in February.
Then arrived Monday in Minneapolis, where a police officer contributed to the death of George Floyd by kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed African American for almost 10 minutes (“I can’t breathe, said Floyd, looking to Eric Garner six years ago in New York) while three other cops were looking nearby.
While Jordan hasn’t said anything about Arbery or Floyd since he still has sneakers for sale, James has responded to both atrocities.
So these post-“The Last Dance” comparisons between the careers of Jordan and James are false. They shouldn’t imply what two of the biggest players in the NBA have done on the field (different styles in opposing times), but why Jordan doesn’t understand and why James does.
Let’s start with James, the eighth highest paid athlete in the world last year with $ 89 million, according to Forbes. The magazine also claims that this eternal Los Angeles Lakers star, after two stops with the Cleveland Cavaliers and another with the Miami Heat, has the NBA approval portfolio in addition to his own production company and media operations .
In addition, James runs a health and wellness business with Cindy Crawford, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lindsey Vonn. He also joins others in owning 14 Blaze Pizza franchises in Chicago and seven in South Florida around operating his own public elementary school in Akron, Ohio.
None of this muzzled James.
As today’s most visible player in the NBA, LeBron used his status to do things like hosting a group photo in March 2012 with his buddy Dwyane Wade and the rest of his Heat teammates wearing hoodies. hood. They looked like that of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American who was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in a neighborhood in Sanford, Florida.
Four years later, James voiced support for Colin Kaepernick, when the African American quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice.
Since the days of Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell and Arthur Ashe, no mega athlete has been more firm in his beliefs than James.
Well, what is the real Jordan?
He remained silent for decades on whether he said the words, “Republicans also buy sneakers.” He would have said one thing like his reason for not publicly supporting the Democrat and the African-American challenger Harvey Gantt against the incumbent Republican and noted the segregationist Jesse Helms during the 1990 US Senate race in North Carolina, Jordan.
During “The Last Dance,” admitted Jordan.
“I don’t think this statement (on Republicans and sneakers) should be corrected, because I said it jokingly on a bus with Scottie Pippen,” Jordan said in a documentary. “It was ejected. My mom asked to make a PSA for Harvey Gantt, and I said, “Look, mom, I’m not talking about someone I don’t know in my pocket. But I will send a contribution to support it. That’s what I did. ”
Uh-huh. As Jordan claimed in the documentary, he was not involved in the ban of the Naismith Isiah Thomas Basketball Hall of Fame from the Dream Team for the 1992 Summer Olympics.
The thing is, a 2011 audio recording surfaced this week with Jordan telling sports reporter Jack McCallum, “(A former NBA executive) Rod Thorn called me. I said, “Rod, I won’t play if Isiah Thomas is on the team. “He assured me. He said, “You know what? [Coach] Mandrel [Daly] don’t want Isiah. So Isiah will not be on the team. »»
Speaking of Thomas. . .
I’m just saying.