According to Tim Grover, Michael Jordan wanted bigger biceps to intimidate all his opponents.
Michael Jeffery Jordan is reckoned to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Considered to be the god of basketball, Jordan has a long list of achievements and accolades to justify his GOAT status. MJ’s drive to be the best and addiction to winning is what set him apart from all his opponents.
Behind the leadership of Michael, the Chicago Bulls are known as one of the most celebrated basketball dynasties of all time. The 1990s Bulls won 6 champions in 8 years and even finished the 1995-1996 season with an impeccable 72-10 record.
Jordan clearly had a great impact on the franchise and the association as a whole. His obsession was unparalleled. He would find ways to make himself the best player on the floor, at any given time.
Michael Jordan wanted bigger biceps to have a psychological advantage over his opponents
Back in the late 1980s, when the Bad Boys Pistons kept beating MJ up, he didn’t decide to give up. Instead, Jordan courageously decided to add on a few more pounds of muscles in order to sustain all the blows he suffered. However, that wasn’t all of his reasons to have bigger biceps.
The 5-time MVP was known to be a mental player. He got into the opponents’ head either by trash-talking or having kind of a psychological advantage over them. According to MJ’s personal trainer, Tim Grover, Jordan used his bigger and bulkier biceps to intimidate his opponents. Jordan’s idea was to create fear in his rivals as they saw how ripped he was. Grover revealed:
“When I was training MJ, the Bulls’ strength coach asked why I had him doing bicep curls. The theory was biceps were just for show and didn’t really make someone a better basketball player. And that was probably true.”
“But we were going for that 0.0001 per cent, which included the intimidation factor of his biggest, stronger, more dominant physique. What’s the first thing you see on a basketball player when he takes off his warm-ups? Those arms. Details matter.”
The result? We have heard plenty of anecdotes wherein players still have nightmares when any topic about His Airness arises. Today, retired as a 6-time Champ, 5-time MVP, 6-time Finals MVP, 14-time All-Star and Hall-Of-Famer, it is safe to say that Michael Jordan’s this cheeky idea clearly worked as he planned it to.