Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal admits hating the legend Michael Jordan for not finishing his career as a “Bulls for life”.
Michael Jordan is arguably one of the best basketball players of all time. Despite being retired for nearly two decades, the impact and influence the Hall-Of-Famer has on modern basketball are highly commendable. Jordan dominated the league during the 1990s, winning 6 championships in 8 seasons.
Today, whenever people talk about Air Jordan, they refer to his successful career with the Chicago Bulls. However, fans often tend to forget how the GOAT had a short 2-year stint with the Washington Wizards towards the end of his career.
Back in 1998, after successfully winning his second three-peat, Jordan decided to hang his boots for the second time. Some tension between General Manager Jerry Krause and the team led MJ to take such a serious decision.
However, back in 2000, Washington Wizards majority owner Abe Pollin approached His Airness with a job offer Mike couldn’t refuse. Abe reached out to Mike to be the team’s new president of basketball operations. MJ immediately jumped on the offer, closing the deal in 2000.
“I hated Michael Jordan for coming out of retirement and playing for the Wizards”: Bradley Beal
Being the competitive freak Michael was, he had a fire to make a comeback. He decided to not only help the team from inside the offices, but also on the court.
Immediately many fans loved the idea of MJ returning to the game as a player. However, one NBA player just admitted to hating the 14-time All-Star for not closing out his career as a “Bulls for life”.
“I hated that he came back and played because I always wanted him to be, no offense D.C., I always wanted him to be a Bull for life.”
Bradley Beal on Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards: “I hated that he came back and played because I always wanted him to be, no offense D.C., I always wanted him to be a Bull for life.”
— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) April 26, 2021
Could the narrative be any different if Jordan never left Chicago? Would he win more championships with the Bulls? Perhaps this is just one of the many “what if” moments that will continue to baffle NBA fans forever.