Michael Jordan Reveals Why He Was Never Interested In Becoming A Coach

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Michael Jordan Reveals Why He Was Never Interested In Becoming A Coach


While everyone was being reminded that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time during the airings of ESPN and Netflix’s joint production, ‘The Last Dance’, earlier this year, we shouldn’t forget that his post-career in the NBA hasn’t nearly been as successful – Yes, I’m talking about his Charlotte Hornets ownership. 

While Jordan has basically won everything in his active playing career, he hasn’t won anything at all as a majority owner. With Jordan being involved in every major draft, trade and free-agency decision, the lack of success is partly his mistake.

Many people ask themselves why Jordan has chosen the team owner path, with off-court duties, rather than becoming an NBA head coach with on-court duties instead.

During an interview with Cigar Aficionado’s Marvin R. Shanken, Jordan now revealed that he never had an interest in becoming a coach in the league, mainly for one specific reason:


“I have no patience for coaching. My biggest problem from a competitive standpoint is the focus of today’s athlete and the focus where I saw the game, how I pursued the game. It changes and it’s totally different.

For me to ask an individual to focus on the game the way I played the game, in some ways would be unfair for that kid that would have to endure that. If he didn’t do it, there is no telling where my emotions would be. I don’t think I would have the patience for it. So in essence, coaching is something that I’ve never really felt I could do from an emotional standpoint because I’m much different and I have a different perception about things than what the kids do today.”


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