Rick Fox Shares Michael Jordan’s Story: “I Can’t Admire Him Anymore Because He’s Gonna Eat Me To Death.”
Michael Jordan was one of those players that everyone wanted to be with, but no one could be friends with.
For former North Carolina Tar Heel Rick Fox, he understands this reality all too well.
As the former Laker explained to The Ringer, his relationship with Jordan changed once he joined the NBA, and the kindness they once exchanged was almost completely thrown out the window.
(via Essentially Sports)
Jordan made it clear that his kindness would end the moment they entered the NBA court on either side.
“The Mike I know was the Mike who showed me how to be a shark because, A, I wanted to be like Mike. I had a front row seat to his greatness, and I’m telling you, for two summers, I I was able to drive his cars, live in his house. I was around him,” Fox says. “And then, turning pro, I went to ‘I can’t be this guy’s friend. He can no longer be my mentor. I have to find in myself a way to compete with this animal. I can’t look up to him anymore because he’s going to eat me to death.'”
Jordan took the competitive spirit to a whole new level. He wasn’t just a guy who wanted to win games. He wanted to destroy his competitors and saw them as the enemy.
Talent and skill were obviously the main components of MJ’s game, but his killer mindset and determined spirit no doubt only enhanced what he was capable of in a league where everyone was trying. to pursue it.
“With two minutes to go, the game is tied,” Collins said. “And so I come, I soaked my suits. I chewed my gum until there was a white powder around my mouth. So I sat down to talk to the team and saw this black hand come out with a cup of water.
“And I looked up and it was Michael. And he said, ‘Take that cup, drink the water, clean that shit out of your mouth. I won’t let you lose your first game.
“I think he scored the last 10 points of the game, had 50, and we walked away and I was like, ‘What do I have in store here?’
Jordan has been retired for nearly two decades now, but his mark on the league (and basketball as a whole) will never be forgotten.
To this day, he continues to be a role model and an example for gamers around the world. And while his level of commitment to dominating the game is hardly visible anymore, we can at least look back and appreciate his approach.