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Michael Jordan explains why he never wanted to become a coach in the NBA

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After they retire from basketball, numerous great NBA players want to stay involved in some way with the sport they grew up playing. Players often take coaching, GM, or some other positions within NBA franchises, and sometimes they even do a more outstanding job at coaching than when they were actively playing. 

On the other hand, numerous NBA legends didn't have the same success coaching teams, and it seems they were never able to use the knowledge they gained playing in the league to transfer that to the players/teams they were coaching.

One of the most knowledgeable and talented players of all-time is without a doubt, Michael Jordan, who is considered as the GOAT by many NBA fans today. After he finally retired from the NBA in 2003, people knew he would, in some way, stay connected to basketball, and back then, coaching was one of the options. Still, he never followed that route without ever giving a reasonable explanation of why coaching was never an option for him.

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In an interview that came out a few days ago for Cigar Aficionado, Michael Jordan reflected on the topic of potentially coaching in the NBA and said the main reason he never did it was patience. Jordan believes players today don't have the focus he had, which would affect his relationship with the players he would coach. Jordan is convinced they would not be able to endure the pressure he would put on them if he were a coach.

I had 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 changed, 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. Coaching is something that I never really felt I could do from an emotional standpoint. I am much different, and I have a different perception about things than what the kids do today. 

Michael Jordan, via Cigar Aficionado

Instead of becoming a coach, Jordan took an even greater move and became a franchise owner, the Charlotte Hornets. Even though the team hasn't had significant success in several years, Jordan is aware that it takes time and that being a small market team has its difficulties in attracting big names. In order to have a positive impact, it's essential to draft well and develop the talent properly, which is something Jordan has the opportunity to do owning an NBA franchise.

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