Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan reveals who he idolized and modeled his game after while he was honing his skills for the NBA.
To call Michael Jordan’s NBA career a successful one would be one of the biggest understatements of the century. During his time in the NBA, His Airness won 5 MVPs and 6 championships, and of course, so much more.
Due to the arguable goat’s greatness, countless players today idolized Jordan growing up, and why not? The former player had such a flashy and eye-catching game, just about everyone wanted to be like Mike.
But who did the great Michael Jordan model his own game after? Who inspired him before he inevitably inspired a generation?
Michael Jordan reveals that he looked up to a fellow North Carolina Tar Heel before entering the NBA
Michael Jordan has seldom been found taking interviews after his playing career. But, during one such time, His Airness revealed he looked up to Walter Davis, modeling his game after the fellow former Tar Heel.
Davis was drafted fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1977 NBA Draft. In his 15 seasons, the former player racked up an impressive 6 All-Star appearances.
After hearing what Michael Jordan had said about him, Walter Davis said this during an interview with Basketball Network.
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“It is humbling to hear him say that I was an influence on him growing up, that he was a fan of mine. But that is one of the things about the game of basketball, the way it gets passed on from one group to the next and how each generation influences the next.”
“I got tips from my brothers, their friends, so I tried to return the favor when I got back to Carolina. I showed Michael a couple of moves.”
“It’s fair to say that whatever Davis was able to teach served the Chicago legend well throughout his career. But, even he probably couldn’t have predicted how great Michael Jordan was throughout his career.