ESPN analyst Rachel Nichols recalls a time when Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan called out her skills as a journalist.
As everyone in the NBA community knows by now, Michael Jordan is basketball royalty. He is arguably the greatest player of all time, with only the late great Kobe Bryant and LeBron James to compare to his greatness.
Due to what he has achieved, His Airness has always had an intimidating aura around him, spanning back to just before his first-ever championship. And, as Rachel Nichols recently revealed, she had to find this out the hard way very early into her career.
Without further ado, let’s get into it.
“What, you don’t speak?”: Rachel Nichols reveals what Michael Jordan said to her during an interview
Rachel Nichols is well respected in the NBA community, and rightly so. The 47-year-old has a long tenure as sports journalist, and for the last few years, has been one of the biggest names under ESPN. But, as it is for everyone, she wasn’t always as amazing a reporter as she is today.
Recently, the analyst appeared on ‘All the Smoke’ podcast, alongside Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. Here, she talked about when she was green and early in her career, and Michael Jordan called her out on it. Take a look.
“I didn’t talk for like the first three or four practices that we covered… You’ve got this group of media around you with their little stuff. And I was just trying to not be noticed and learn and do.”
“And by like the fourth time he just looked at me in the middle of a press clump of people and was like, ‘What, you don’t speak? Do you not speak?’ I was like, ‘Oh OK,’ and then asked my probably ridiculous question at that point because I was so nervous.”
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To be fair to Nichols, if we had the opportunity, she did, we would freeze up too. But, it is also because of moments like this, that she was able to become as great as she is today.
Along with her own hard work, it seems she may have Michael Jordan to thank as well.