Michael Jordan’s talent was second to none. We also must remember how self confident and fiercely competitive he was. Jordan was so driven to succeed that he would not let anything or anybody get in his way.
There is no question in my mind that he is the greatest player in NBA History. When I look back at his entire career, while I feel he was the most talented, I think he is the second most valuable player in League History.
From the moment Bill Russell began his NBA career, his goal was to make everyone with whom he played better. Russell completely dominated the game from the defensive end of the court. The end result was 11 Championships in his 13 years with the Boston Celtics.
Michael Jordan did not focus on making his teammates better until Phil Jackson became the Bulls coach in 1989. Jackson told Jordan that he was shooting too much and that to win a Championship Michael would have to get his teammates more involved. The results were astounding: Michael still led the NBA in scoring however the Bulls started winning Championships.
Teamwork is the essence of life.