HOW TO BE LIKE MIKE: 20 Lessons from Michael Jordan

1. TRUST THE GAME

“Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you.” – Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan believed that he would get out of the game exactly what he put into it.

If you don’t completely trust the game – if you think it’s “unfair” or “rigged” – then deep-down you’re not going to feel motivated to give it everything you have. With that attitude, you’ve lost before you even begin.

Whether in life, business, or basketball, you get out what you put in. Trust in this:

“If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.”

2. MASTER THE FUNDAMENTALS

“You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” – Michael Jordan

Basketball’s like anything else: it mostly comes down to doing all of the basic stuff right. Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, you’ve got a solid foundation to build on.

Jordan warns that when you “get away from fundamentals… the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job… whatever you’re doing.”

3. LEARN FROM YOUR PARENTS

You might expect that Michael’s boyhood heroes were NBA superstars like Jerry West and Kareem Abdul-Jabar, but you’d be wrong.

“My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” – Michael Jordan

Jordan’s respect and admiration for his parents is one of the keys to his success.

4. PRACTICE EVERY DAY

“I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” – Michael Jordan

When Jordan first tried out for his high school basketball team, he didn’t make varsity. In an interview with ESPN, Jordan described how he felt:

“It was embarrassing not making that team. They posted the roster and it was there for a long, long time without my name on it. I remember being really mad too, because there was a guy that made it that really wasn’t as good as me.”

Jordan channeled his embarrassment and anger into motivation during practice:

“Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I’d close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it… that usually got me going again.”

Jordan became better at playing than everyone else by first becoming better at practicing than everyone else. Until the end of his career, Michael was known to be the first person to get to the gym and the last one to leave.

5. SCHOOL IS IMPORTANT

Jordan decided to leave the University of North Carolina to enter the NBA draft one year early. In 1984, he started his professional career without a college degree.

Despite immediate success in the NBA, Jordan decided to go back to school. In 1986, he returned to North Carolina to earn his degree.

6. DON’T LET PEOPLE GET IN YOUR HEAD

“It’s heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody… I can’t live with what everyone’s impression of what I should or what I shouldn’t do.” – Michael Jordan

Jordan was getting a lot of attention his rookie year. Sports Illustrated put him on the cover of their magazine with the words “A Star is Born” just one month into his NBA career.

All that quick attention aggravated a few NBA veterans. They decided to execute a “freeze out” of Jordan during the All-Star game where they simply wouldn’t pass him the ball.

But Jordan was unfazed. When the regular season resumed, he continued his stellar play and went on to win Rookie of the Year. Jordan is proof that you don’t have to let other people get into your head.

7. KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO FAILURE

“Failure makes me work even harder.” – Michael Jordan

Jordan wasn’t always a winner.

The first time he got to the NBA playoffs, his Bulls were knocked out in the first round. The next two years, they were swept by the Boston Celtics. After that, the Bulls were beat by the Detroit Pistons three years in a row.

All Jordan knew was failure. But it only made him want to be better. He’s said, “Everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

“I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot… and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

8. FEAR IS AN ILLUSION

“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it’s an illusion to me.” – Michael Jordan

Fears can be self-fulfilling. Sometimes the only thing holding you back from being successful is the fear that you may fail.

When we let go of our fears, we’re free to be more aggressive and take full advantage of our opportunities.

9. JUST DO IT

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

There are three types of people. Jordan’s the type of person who makes it happen.

Which type are you?

10. YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE

“If you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

Throughout the 80’s, Jordan racked up a ton of personal achievements (scoring titles, league MVP awards, and “Defensive Player of the Year”). But no championships.

Those didn’t come until he had the help of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, and Phil Jackson.

11. EXCELLENCE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

At their prime, the Bulls would sell out every stadium they played in – home or away.

But the thing bringing in big crowds wasn’t the marketing department. It was the superior performance that Jordan and his teammates were putting on display.

“Let your game be your promotional or marketing tool.” – Michael Jordan

When you consistently deliver an excellent product, people will find out. No marketing firm necessary.

12 EXPECT YOUR SHOTS TO GO IN

“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

Jordan wouldn’t be legendary if he didn’t have such a knack for making the “big shot.”

Time and time again, Jordan would have the ball in his hands in the final second of a pivotal game and… swoosh. In all of those big moments, he never once entertained the possibility that the ball wouldn’t go in:

“I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot… when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.”

In big moments, you should feel totally confident that you will succeed.

How to be More Like Mike:

Take a moment now and think about what you want to achieve more than anything else. Do you fully expect yourself to make it happen?

If the answer sounds anything like ‘no’, it’s time for a change in your attitude. Remember that every time Jordan pulled up for a jumper, he was expecting the ball to go in.

12. WHEN IT’S TIME TO CHANGE, CHANGE

Jordan made one of the most shocking decisions in sports history when he retired from professional basketball on October 6, 1993. It’s hard to fathom quitting after winning three championships in a row, but Michael’s reasons were actually very simple:

“I just needed to change. I was getting tired of the same old activity and routine and I didn’t feel all the same appreciation that I had felt before and it was tiresome.

“A lot of things correlated with that — my father dying, the opportunity to play baseball, my desire to make a change. I look back on it and it was perfect timing to break away from it and see what I was missing, to see what it meant to me, to see the enjoyment that I got from the game.”

Even though Jordan didn’t make it into the major leagues as a baseball player, it was important that he listened to the voice in his head that was telling him to make a change. He returned to the NBA refreshed in 1995 and promptly won three more championships.

13. THE BEST MARKETING IS SIMPLE

On March 18, 1995, Michael Jordan announced that he was coming out retirement with a press release that simply read, “I’M BACK.”

Two words were all it took to cue a media circus. Jordan’s first game back with the Bulls had the highest Nielsen rating of any regular season NBA game in twenty years.

Often, the most effective way to get the word out is to get straight to the point.

14. DEMAND THE BEST FROM YOUR TEAM

Michael Jordan would often get frustrated with the effort of his teammates – especially at the end of his career when he played for the below-average Washington Wizards.

Fred Lynch, one of Jordan’s high school coaches, recalls that Jordan was demanding even as a teenager: “He’d get on his teammates all the time. He hasn’t changed that. What he always expected was everybody plays the game as hard as he played it.”

Expecting the best in others helps bring it out in them. Of course, it’s most effective when you lead by example (as Jordan did).

15. LEARN TO HARNESS YOUR EMOTIONS

“Heart is what separates the good from the great.” – Michael Jordan

After winning his first NBA championship in 1991, Michael Jordan cried like a baby. He cried again following the 1996 championship. In those two moments, you can really see the depth Jordan’s emotional investment in the game.

Showing emotion is commonly considered a sign of weakness, but for Michael it was a source of great strength. Jordan had the rare ability to maximize his emotional energy while still being in complete control.

16. LOVE WHAT YOU DO

“Love is playing every game as if it’s your last!” – Michael Jordan

Jordan loves basketball so much, he once said it was his wife (“It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace”).

When you do your work with love, as Jordan did, it will shine through in your performance.

17. PLAY BUSINESS LIKE A GAME

“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” – Michael Jordan

You may have assumed that the “game” Michael’s talking about above is basketball, but he’s actually giving advice on the game of business.

If you think that business is boring, then you’re doing it wrong. The more fun you make your work, the more energy and enthusiasm you’ll bring to it – and the more success you’ll find.

18. FORGET THE PAST

“Once I made a decision, I never thought about it again.” – Michael Jordan

Jordan’s made some tough decisions, but he doesn’t dwell on them.

There’s no reason to worry about the past because it’s not coming back.

19. IGNORE THE FUTURE

“Never think about what’s at stake… If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” – Michael Jordan

It happens all the time in basketball: one team gets out to a big lead only to get overconfident and lose the game in the final seconds. Their mistake is thinking about the victory celebration instead of focusing on the game at hand.

There’s no point in distracting yourself with possible future scenarios. You’re not a psychic. Nothing’s going to play out like imagine. Your focus would be better spent on making the most of the present.

20. EMBRACE THE PRESENT

“Live the moment for the moment.” – Michael Jordan

Every moment you’ve experienced has been right now.

If you want a deeper sense of contentment and satisfaction in your life, begin making the most of the present. Starting now!

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8 Reasons Why The Los Angeles Clippers Failed🏀
 
1. DOC RIVERS IS AN OVERRATED COACH. 

Doc Rivers is one of the most overrated coaches in NBA history. Similar to some coaches in the league, Rivers thrives with overachievers, and struggles to coach star power. 
Due to players over performing under Rivers in “down years”, he’s grown a reputation of being a great coach, but in truth, he’s had some of the most talented teams in NBA history that have underachieved. 
Rivers only captured one championship with the services of prime Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen along with a solid supporting cast. Looking back now, that team should have won everything, but they truthfully underachieved with their star power.
Before this season, Rivers also coached the greatest collection of talent in Clippers’ history. Rivers had the services of a prime Chris Paul, a prime Blake Griffin and a prime DeAndre Jordan along with all-time sharpshooter J.J. Reddick at his disposal. Year after year, that Clippers team played robotic, uninspiring basketball cause them to underachieve with what they had. 
Fast forward to this season, and many believed the Clippers were a lock to win the title with one of the most talented rosters we have ever seen in league history. But another season, and another underachievement for Rivers. 
No coach in NBA History has let more 3-1 leads slip. No coach in NBA history has a worse winning percentage than Doc Rivers in Game 7s, and now we can add another one to that list. 

2. PAUL GEORGE CANNOT BE TRUSTED IN THE PLAYOFFS. 

Since his early days in Indiana, Paul George has been a horrific playoff performer. From being embarrassed by Joe Ingles in the first round in OKC, to having 10 points in a Game 7 in 38 minutes shooting 4-16, George simply cannot be trusted with everything on the line. 
Great players elevate their game when it matters most, but Paul George does the opposite and crumbles when the spotlight shines the brightest. 
 
3. THEY DISRESPECTED THE REGULAR SEASON. 

The Los Angeles Clippers only have themselves to blame for their prematurely embarrassing exit. They mailed in the regular season, and because of it, they never developed the necessary chemistry, heart or battle tested games together to lean on when everything was on the line. 
Say what you will about the regular season, but it still serves a huge purpose, and the Clippers were exposed because of it. It’s very rare you can just “turn it on” when needed, and all those trials tribulations throughout the course of the regular season prepare you for the challenges in the playoffs.
Rivers also allowed Kawhi Leonard to rest any time he wanted, which disrupts the whole team throughout the season. Keeping him as a protected species actually hurts the team, and disregards the regular season. 
The Clippers didn’t respect the regular season or the process, and they paid for it. 
 
4. OVERRATED SUPPORTING CAST.

The Clippers were rightly seen as the deepest team in the league, but their supporting cast was overrated by many in the media and association. Whilst they are talented, the likes of Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell couldn’t consistently deliver when the team needed them. 
This is because they are asked to do too much during the regular season. Their roles are bigger than they should be, and the Clippers had arguably too many points coming off their bench which can affect the rhythm and perceived workload of your starters. 
Because of this, in the playoffs when you need your superstars to shine the most, they struggle. They’ve become accustomed to the heavy lifting being more evenly distributed throughout the roster. As a result, your role players are then expected to carry too much of a load in the postseason, and this is problematic when defenses are prepared to take away everything you’re good at. 
There’s also been an argument that the Clippers may have been too deep. Although I don’t completely agree there can be some truth in having too many options, and trying to juggle minutes throughout the roster. 
Doc Rivers is also to blame here, as during the regular season he consistently rested Paul George and Kawhi Leonard at the same time during games and letting the reserves run the show. This is unrealistic for the playoffs, and doing this only adds to the underlying problem that is growing. 
You also have to keep in mind players like Lou Williams although great offensively, if they’re not scoring in the playoffs like he wasn’t, it’s becomes hard to leave them on the floor because they’re a defensive liability and opposing teams seek out that matchup. As one of your team’s leading scorers, this becomes a problem. 
A case can also be made Patrick Beverley is also overrated on both sides of the ball as a key rotation player. Whilst tenacious in his approach and a pest defensively, he offers little offensively, isn’t a playmaker as a point guard, is undersized against bigger guards and forwards, and is always in foul trouble. 
Beverley rarely took the challenge on the opposing team’s best guards in Luka Doncic and Jamal Murray who were both outstanding, subsequently forcing Paul George or Kawhi Leonard to be responsible for them. This devalues him as a key contributor in the postseason. 
Collectively, the supporting cast was overrated by most. 
 
5. THEY DON’T HAVE A NATURAL PLAYMAKER. 

This is an aspect not many people considered when analyzing this team. For as talented as they are, the Clippers do not have a natural playmaker. Although gifted, neither Paul George or Kawhi Leonard are natural playmakers, and Patrick Beverley starts at point guard but isn’t either. 
This was evident throughout the entire season and playoffs, as the Clippers struggled with tempo and natural offensive flow. They never had a floor general, and would win games on talent alone. 
This is also the reason they gave up huge leads against the Nuggets, as they had no one dictating the pace of the game or ever really playing the game on their terms. 
 
6. GREAT INDIVIDUAL DEFENDERS DON’T EQUAL A GREAT DEFENSIVE TEAM. 

Before the season started everyone was proclaiming “the Clippers may be the best defensive team ever”, or “who is going to score on the Clippers?!”. As you can see, the Nuggets and Mavericks actually had quite an easy time scoring against the Clippers. 
This is because great individual defenders  don’t necessarily equal a great defensive team. There is a hell of a lot more that goes into being a great defensive team, such as communication, chemistry, cohesion, a defensive identity and ability to execute a game plan in the playoffs. 
The Clippers never truly developed any of these things, and although showing glimpses here and there, they never transformed into the great defensive team everyone thought they would. 
They were never really on a defensive string, and it showed. Again, not developing this during the regular season played a huge part. 
It’s also worth keeping in mind Kawhi Leonard isn’t as dominant defensively as he’s shown in the past or is capable of, due to the increased offensive load he has. 
In the end, it was quite easy to score on the Clippers. They were nowhere near good enough defensively.
 
7. KAWHI LEONARD HAS NEVER TRULY CARRIED A TEAM. 

This is the first time in Kawhi Leonard’s career that he had to TRULY carry a team on his back. 
Last season he was phenomenal for the Raptors during their playoff run, but he had a fully functioning and coherent supporting cast that were just as good without him during the regular season. In fact, the combination of Kyle Lowry, Pascal Siakam and Leonard scored the most combined points for a trio en route to a championship. 
Kawhi now finally understands what it’s like to carry the majority of the load when it matters most, and in truth, he also undelivered in that respect.
Despite being excellent in the Mavericks series and putting up great offensive numbers, Kawhi never truly had signature performances or monster games on either side of the ball. It was clear he was the Clippers best player, but he wasn’t dominant in a way they needed him to be with their backs against the wall. 
Lastly, when they needed him the most he was frankly terrible in Game 7. With just 14 points in 43 minutes shooting just 4/22 from the field. He showed no urgency, no fight and didn’t go down swinging. 
Some may disagree, but you can make a case Kawhi may have one of the more overrated playoff resumes in NBA history. He was drafted into a dynasty, won a Finals MVP just because he guarded LeBron James. He the ran into a Golden State Warriors team that was completed decimated by injury in last season’s Finals. 
No one is denying his greatness, and he is phenomenal, but Kawhi’s stock was far too high after last season. 
Again, we must hold him to the same standard. 
 
8. THEY ALWAYS HAD ONE EYE ON THE LAKERS. 

Throughout the entire season, the Clippers were so busy planning for the Lakers, they neglected fixing and maximizing their own team. 
It got to the point where the Clippers were bringing in players such as Reggie Jackson to their roster, just so the Lakers wouldn’t sign him. 
This type of approach is dangerous, because despite constructing your team to matchup with the Lakers, they weren’t good enough to even get there. 
They were stubborn, and this approach was their undoing as they always had a hole in their roster with no genuine size and rim protection, and Nikola Jokic absolutely destroyed them. 

All in all the Los Angeles Clippers may be the most disappointing team in NBA history, and they have no one to blame but themselves.

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BEN SIMMONS JUST MADE $26m OVERNIGHT🏀$

It must be nice to wake up to $26 million more than you thought you had.

That’s exactly what happened to star Australian point guard Ben Simmons when he was named to the All-NBA Third Team, the first All-NBA selection of his career.

But Simmons’ financial windfall and another richly deserved accolade, following his appointment to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team, comes with implications for the make-up of the 76ers much-maligned roster. 

As per the terms of his rookie max contract extension, Simmons is now entitled to 28% of the Sixers’ total salary cap. In simple terms, that means his five-year contract jumps from $US158 million over five years to $US177m. 

Assuming the cap remains flat at $109,140.00 for 2020-21, here are the new numbers for Simmons. 

2020-21 $30,559.200
2021-22 $33,003.936
2022-23 $35,448.672
2023-24 $37,893.408
2024-25 $40,338.144
Total 5 years $177,243.360

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