According to former Chicago Bulls head coach, Michael Jordan established himself as the best player of the team, in only his first practice ever.
Michael Jordan is easily one of the greatest players the league has ever witnessed. Apart from being one of the most impactful players, Mike was considered a basketball god. Till today, fans rave about his insane gameplay and achievements.
It was because of Michael that the Chicago Bulls franchise is one of the greatest dynasties in history. Of course, with the help from stars like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, MJ helped the Bulls be the most dominant team in the 1990s.
Winning two successful three-peats, finishing a season with a flawless 72-10 record, there was virtually nothing that the Bulls hadn’t achieved because of their leader.
“The physical strength Michael Jordan had was amazing”: Kevin Loughery
It didn’t take Mike long enough to dominate the league when he stepped on the hardwood. In fact, in only his first season, as a young 21-year-old, His Airness torched the league night in and night out, averaging an incredible 28.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists.
Not only was MJ torching the league’s biggest stars on a nightly basis, but he was also getting buckets at will against his own teammates at practice. In fact, according to his former teammate and head coach, Jordan had already established himself as the best player on the team, in only his first practice with the Bulls ever.
In the first episode of the ten-episode docu-series “The Last Dance”, MJ’s former teammate – Rod Higgins and then head coach Kevin Loughery spoke about Mike.
“When he arrived into the gym on the first day of practice, you can see that this guy is the best player here,” Higgins said. “This cat is different.”
Loughery later added, “When we drafted Michael, I did not know how good Michael was. The strength he had, the physical strength, was amazing.”