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“I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn!” — Michael Jordan shares his best skill

Michael Jordan became a great player because he was willing to learn and unlearn things to improve in whatever way he could.
North Carolina Tar Heels guard Michael Jordan and head coach Dean Smith

Michael Jordan and Dean Smith

Michael Jordan is the widely recognized and accepted basketball GOAT for a reason. And no, it didn’t have to do with his strong body, athleticism, or genes. The man himself confirmed that the most important "muscle" is the one between your ears. 

“I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn!”

Michael Jordan had the skills to dominate some games, but he failed to deliver a championship during the early stage of his NBA career. He had to learn and unlearn some things to get over the hump. MJ realized he had to be stronger and trust his teammates more.

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Mike’s max vertical jump was 45.5 inches with a 6’11” wingspan. Although these were an advantage to any athlete, Jordan claimed they weren’t what made him a great player. It was his willingness to learn.

Mike already had the motor and tools to become successful, but he would only get as far with the willingness to learn and be coachable. Players nowadays have all the resources in the world, including private workouts in the offseason to get better. The willingness to learn and the humility to accept that there’s still so much to improve could spell the difference between good and great players.

MJ’s mind game was unparalleled

It’s often said that Michael Jordan had already destroyed his opponents before the game started because of his mind games. Only a few in the league history could give MJ a run for his money when it comes to trash-talking. But what others didn’t know was that to gain that confidence during actual games, Mike had spent thousands of hours perfecting his moves in practice.

The Bad Boys of Pistons beat him, but he didn’t let them destroy him. MJ spent hours in the lab, ensuring his body could take all the banging. Without the lack of preparation, doubts creep, and that’s what players today need to realize. No one was born like Allen Iverson who’s got the swag and skills to shun the practice. Preparation is key, and willingness to learn and adapt to the fast-changing basketball landscape will be crucial. So, if the GOAT claimed his desire to learn enabled him to become great, kids, better take note. 

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