Another MJ blog, but this time it is the other famous MJ- – “the greatest basketball player that ever played the game”- jersey number 23 Michael Jordan. Like the other MJ(Michael Jackson), Michael Jordan was just great, phenomenal, probably the most popular basketball player that ever played, he is and will always be the number 1 player of all time in basketball history. How did Jordan become number 1?? Actually to tell you honestly, his being number 1 is really debatable, why?? Statistically he is not number 1, here are the facts; Kareem Abdul Jabbar scored most points than Jordan (Jordan is number 3 on the scoring list), Bill Russel has more championships than Jordan (Russel has 11, Jordan has 6), Wilt Chamberlain scored the most points in a game (Wilt scored 100, Jordan scored 69- – Kobe scored 81). I can still name other statistical data that says that MJ may not be the greatest player but it will be lengthy.
What made MJ that great? Statistics says that he isn’t, but what made people label him “the greatest”? I have a rough answer to that….
Michael Jordan acted globally.
Wikinomics by Tapscott and Williams says that in order to be successful “think globally, act globally” and MJ did just that, maybe he have read the Wikinomics(haha!) or someone had given him advice that he should do just that, but truly he is a perfect example of “think globally, act globally”, let me share with you my thoughts on him.
Michael Jordan’s entrance to the NBA in 1984 was not really a headliner unlike the entrance of Lebron in 2006 and Yao Ming in 2003, because thinking MJ was just “another athletic, good player”, he wasn’t even the first pick of that 1984 draft . He came to the NBA at a time where the hype of the Magic vs. Bird(lakers vs. Celtics) was at its peak, where Julius Erving is making waves for his hang time and dunking. But as the games goes by, MJ was slowly but surely making a mark in the basketball business.. He was slowly making his own “mark”, he was becoming the next big thing, next to Erving, Bird and Magic. But Mj didn’t stop just becoming the “next big thing”, he surely made himself the BIGESST THING that ever happened to basketball. He revolutionized the game, he put something that of his own to his game. Like what we have discussed last meeting in our orcom 152 class about “acting globally”… putting your own mark/style on you world class brand, MJ did just that. He is a world-class talent, but he put something in his game that other “world-class basketball players” didn’t do. Let me enumerate it to you; 1. MJ was the first to use baggy shorts(shorts before was really short) 2. He was probably the 1st player to use “wrist bands” as a fashion statement 3. He was the first to use basketball shoes, designed and named after him(the jordan brand shoes..he made nike popular!) 4. He added “grace and style” to the game (making him the basketball player with the most number of endorsements) 5. He popularized game winning shots 6. He is probably the only player during his time to wear jersey number 23 and oh yes he made that number popular!really popular!… andthe list goes on and on of what MJ did …
MJ tapped the untapped, MJ put something of his own in his game, MJ flew above every basketball player in the world, MJ made a mark,
thinking and acting globally like MJ-23.
“To be successful you have to be selfish, or else you never achieve. And once you get to your highest level, then you have to be unselfish. Stay reachable. Stay in touch. Don’t isolate”- His Airness Michael Jordan