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Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:41 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

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We can all agree that disgraced golfer Tiger Woods is a mess right now. There's not much point in rubbing in that fact as his career is in shambles, his marriage was dissolved and his health is touch-and-go.

But none of that stopped Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan from calling Woods "very fragile" and comparing him to a "wounded dog" in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun.

Jordan is uniquely qualified to give advice to Woods for at least three reasons. One: Because he understands how to deal with fame at its highest level. Two: Because he understands that elite athletes are still human and their private lives affect their on-court performance. Three: Because he is friendly with Woods and certainly commands his respect.

So what is the greatest basketball player of all time's current for the potential greatest golfer of all time? Turn the game into therapy.
"The biggest thing is that I've always - and I'm pretty sure Tiger has, too - used sport as a therapeutic tool," he said. "Once you're inside the lines, you can focus on what your jobs are and what you're doing on the court, or for him the course.

"The problem for him was that he wasn't physically capable of getting inside those lines and doing those things. I think he's been somewhat fragile mentally and physically. When I went through those [personal] issues, once I got on to the basketball court that became a therapeutic thing for me where I was able to forget all those other things."

"Once I finished playing basketball, I came out with a better understanding of the decisions I had to make. He doesn't have that now. Now he's going through something that's totally different, totally new for him and he's now acknowledging that. He needs to get healthy, mentally and physically, before he can really attack that."

Jordan was a notoriously competitive player and someone who never settled for anything short of peak performance from himself and his teammates. Here, his advice is sound.

But in the reference to a "wounded dog" and the use of the word "fragile" I vaguely detect a hint of Jordan the teammate and competitor rather than Jordan the big brother and mentor. Like the rest of us, Jordan knows that Woods is capable of so much more than he's shown recently. Like the rest of us, Jordan likely wants to watch that greatness unfold.

Sometimes competitors with lengthy, winning track records simply need to find a way to rededicate themselves, to rekindle their spark. Sometimes they simply need a new challenge or a new challenger. Perhaps Jordan is stepping into that role for Woods.
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Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:07 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Krusader either you're an idiot or you're trying to be ! Men of all shapes, sizes and colors leave their wives for any one of a thousand reasons and race plays no part ! That would be like assuming just because someone is of a certain ethnic, they automatically are deemed a failure ! Tiger like any man in a poweful position let his ego and his manhood get his better judgement and now he is paying and will continue to pay a heavy price for that !

No other woman or women is worth leaving your wife for and destroying your family ! I've always felt that pro athletes and any celebrity for that matter should avoid marriage and serious relationships because the temptations that these people are overwhelming !

Playing D1 football back in the 1990s, there were always females waiting for us to exit the locker room after home games and I'm sure that's true for pro athletes as well ! There were girls throwing themselves at us whether we won or loss ! Having lived that fishbowl life for 4 years, I can honestly say I didn't always make the correct judgement but at that time I wasn't married or in a relationship so my cavorting wasn't hurting anyone !  

These girls would do just about anything and engage in any type of sexual activity imaginable just to say they slept with a football player ! This stuff goes on everyday all over America ! Doesn't make it right but it does happen ! 



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Woods' troubles all started when he chose to hang out with Sir Charles and His Airness two of the NBA's better known womanizers ! Jordan and Barkley have a penchant for tight lil blonde blue eyed girls half their age !



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

krusader?  how does african american come into this?  i guess the male of other races do NOT leave their wiVES (that's plural for wife)........a lot of pro athletes cheat.......and i'm sure they are all NOT african american brothers......just a reminder that you can reply to an article and stick with the subject without bring race into it...........or....what are u krusading for ? :)




Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Chickenboy what is your handicap?  Has to be close to scratch to beat MJ by 3 to 5 strokes.  I don't think he would make time for someone like you.  And I can't believe I have taken this much time out of my day to talk about this.  Good Luck Dude
My handicap would be closer to 3 + 5 x 10 than scratch, and I have absolutely no disillusionment about MJ making even a nanosecond of time for "someone like me."  You sir, have accidentally misatributed a quote.



Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Just two more brothers adding to the already high African American men leaving their wifes and kids.
These two just left them with some money but no morales or direction.
They should have listened to Bill Cosby.
Just sad. 



Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Jordan is ONLY a great basketball player.  Fact: he is too stupid and not physically gifted enough to play baseball.  I watched him in person as I'm sure some of you did, he missed simple things like hitting the cutoff man properly, properly rounding bases, etc.  The list goes on and on.  Secondly, he claimed he wanted to join the PGA after he retired.  There are plenty of guys besides my self who could beat Jordan on the golf course by 3-5 strokes consistently.  He is nothing special.  Don't throw the phrase great athelete around.  He's a great baskeball player and he's an athelete.
You're high on something.  No Jordan is not an athelete, I don't know what that is.  But on the other hand, Jordan is GREAT athlete.  The only reason Jordan quit baseball is because they went into a lockout.  It wasn't because he was not good enough.  The last half of the season before the lockout Jordan had the numbers to compete in the MLB.  And still, if you don't play a sport for 15 years and come back to it, it will be hard to get it going again.  Scouts were really looking to Jordan succeeding.  He worked hard and at the end of the stint his hardwork was starting to turn into profit.  Please, read a book and learn how to spell.



Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:37 am
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Perfect guy to talk to Tiger,he cheated on his wife and paid a massive divorce settlement.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:36 am
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Chickenboy what is your handicap?  Has to be close to scratch to beat MJ by 3 to 5 strokes.  I don't think he would make time for someone like you.  And I can't believe I have taken this much time out of my day to talk about this.  Good Luck Dude


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Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:31 am
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Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:44 am
 

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Now if there's anyone who can talk some sense and get Tiger back in his game,it's "MJ"! The shrinks that are dealing with Tiger can talk to him all that they want to,but if Tiger doesn't take what they say seriously...it's a total waste of time,but not the money because we all know that Tiger got that. I'm quite sure that Tiger will listen to "MJ" and take heed to what he says because it's someone who knows him on a personal/private level as well as someone that he can relate to.


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