There's no question that Michael Jordan wouldn't have gotten to where he did without his work ethic. Every NBA analyst and fan knew he was a hard worker and dedicated his whole life to basketball before considering retirement. However, just like any ordinary human being, MJ did have certain bad habits that might've affected his play on the court. According to former NBA big man Olden Polynice, junk food, alcohol, and cigars hindered Jordan from reaching even greater heights.
Polynice thinks Jordan could've been even better.
It's pretty wild to hear a Polynice talk about how Jordan could've been a better basketball player than he was because, can you imagine how that would've turned out? The 6-time champion is already considered the greatest basketball player of all time by many, and while he may have perfected the game of basketball, it's mindblowing to think that he did it while having unhealthy habits.
“Can you imagine if this guy ate right instead of eating McDonald's, did not drink, and did not smoke?” Polynice told NBA insider Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson of Bally Sports. “Can you imagine that Michael Jordan? And actually, worked out on the regular? That Michael Jordan? Holy Christmas," Polynice added.
Jordan's fondness for cigars and alcohol (he does have his tequila brand) wasn't a shocker to learn about. But Polynice implying that he loved eating McDonals and didn't work out on the regular certainly was. One would argue that Jordan spent a lot of time working on his game, as he revealed numerous times in his documentary "The Last Dance." Polynice's revelation came out as a surprise.
Jordan has no regrets or disappointments.
When MJ was asked once if he had any regrets or disappointments in his career, his answer was simple: none. No regrets about his work ethic, discipline with food, gambling, and cigar habits. The Chicago Bulls legend gives all the credit to his parents, James and Deloris Jordan, who made him realize at an early age that his accolades and reputation don't define him.
"My parents taught me very well not to wear your reputation, don't wear your accolades, don't wear your personality on your sleeve. Let life happen and let it be you, it is who you are, don't hide from it," Jordan said. “I really don't have regrets. I am the person that says as soon as you look back in history and you come up with something that you feel like you want to change, something else has to change too," Jordan added.
Safe to assume that Michael doesn't spend most of his days in retirement thinking about his biggest regrets in life. His legacy is secured and will always be considered the greatest, even if former players like Polynice feel Jordan could've approached certain things differently.