I actually never liked Michael Jordan. I know what you’ll say, “But he’s the greatest player to ever play the game!” And you’d be right, there’s no denying it. He ruled the air, claimed the victory, and his induction into the Hall of Fame, on September 11th , proved his greatness. But his induction speech revealed in clear colors just what kind of man he was and is: a petty and unhappy one.
If you watched Jordan’s induction speech you’ll have noticed one common theme: revenge. He took shots at everyone he could think of, even his children. He assured listeners of how spectacular he was, how important he was, how he alone won the games and built the Bulls Dynasty (not the organization: “The Organization didn’t play with the flu in Utah”).
What’s peculiar of course is that he had no reason to do this. He had already clearly shown how important to the game and the dynasty he was. He already had his revenge. His revenge came in the form of national championships and MVPs. So why the speech? I can only guess, but I think it’s a good guess: Michael Jordan’s fame and stardome has still left him empty.
After all, this is the end. The montage of Jordan clips celebrating his greatest plays only revealed that it was all over for the legend. Now in his fifties he has become an absetnee GM for Charlotte. But there will be no more buzzer beaters for him, no more champagne showers, no more championship rings, no more ESPN highlights, and no more basketball. And after it is all said and done my guess is that he’s not satisfied.
Well, it’s only a guess. Who knows what’s going on with Jordan, maybe he’s just a mean middle-aged man. But there’s no denying that if basketball is your life, when the game ends you have nothing left. All our idols, all our gods, will leave us, friends, only Jesus will be true. Maybe Michael will see that yet.