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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


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.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:39 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Even before Tiger's physical ailments took hold he was suffering from a blow to his confidence that he may never recover from.  Here was a man on top of the world in almost every aspect of his life who in one fell swoop had nearly all of it crumble away by his own hand/stupidity, seriously deflating his "swagger".  That "swagger" that's missing now due to his self-inflicted wounds is what made Tiger Woods "Tiger Woods".  "Swagger" is what every great athlete, business person, entertainer, etc., acquires when they find/sustain great success and the last thing they ever think about while they're on that roll is losing it or who'll they'll be once it's gone... but the world is littered with "greats" who after they lost "it" were never the same again.

Time may not be on Tiger's side either considering the years his body has left to play versus the years it may take for him to regain the level of confidence that once made him feel invincible on the golf course.  His injuries have probably made him feel even more vulnerable... which is a long way from the Tiger Woods we use to know. 


Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:27 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

For a guy like Tiger, who has let his personal frailties such as womanizing and high-stakes gambling influence his life and career, I'm not sure counsel from Jordan is the best choice.  In fact, one could suggest Tiger needs to stay the hell away from someone like Jordan for that very reason.  Clearly his past associations weren't bringing much benefit.  Honestly, a guy like Jordan wants the publicity that comes from being "Tiger's buddy."  Woods simply doesn't need that or him.

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 8:20 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

What made Jordan a great athlete was his skill set... as in a phenomenal jumper, quick on his feet, impressive lateral movement, uncanny body control, etc., which coupled with intangibles like natural court instinct, competitiveness & drive made him arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.  The fact that he could step in to the minor league on a whim after training his body for years as basketball player and play respectably was a testament to the fact that he is a great athlete.  'Missing the cutoff man' is a mental part of the game that even professional players have done so there's no equating "athleticism" with that, again, especially considering Jordan wasn't living and breathing baseball like he was basketball.

While we're at it, does anyone doubt that in his prime, with his speed, quickness, good hands and height that Michael Jordan wouldn't have been a great WR in the NFL if he had put his mind to it?  There are plenty of examples of players doing well in one sport and as well or better in another.  Renaldo Nehemiah from track to the NFL, Deion Sanders from the NFL to baseball, likewise Bo Jackson, etc., all of whom example how their great atheleticism gave them the ability to try anything.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:45 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

CSURam, your school and your opinion are non factors plus you know nothing about greatness. Like you'd know what MJ is about, you wish you knew.

Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 6:57 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.

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:58 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Bulls_Life, agreed with what you said....nothing wrong with what he said...and there is nothing wrong with someone tryng to be supportive to a fellow athlete...Not like most people on any discussion board, just like to rip him apart and just cannot let it go....

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:50 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

debo, lmfao are you kidding me?  The NBA asked Jordan to leave?  Do you know how much money Jordan made the NBA?  Do you realize not only did the Bulls sell out at home but they sold out on the road and it wasn't because fans wanted to see "just another competitive game".  The commissioner, David Stern, the owner of the Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf, and the Bulls head coach Phil Jackson worked their behinds off trying to convince Jordan to stay in the NBA.  Jordan did not need money, he did not need the NBA, he chose to try and play baseball and he is the mark of one of the greatest athletes of all time because he was so great he won three NBA championships in a row, was All-NBA first team his entire career, all-defensive first or second team for his entire career, the most dominant player in the NBA and so good he wasn't challenged enough so he sought the challenge trying to play professional baseball.  After a year and a half away from the game for baseball he only came back to re-establish himself as the greatest player in the NBA but win another three championships.  Do you really think the commissioner wanted his best player to leave?  Stern has been all about promoting the league's star players and Jordan was his #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10 priority when Jordan left for baseball.  Seriously where do you get your proof or even a decent theory that he was forced to leave the league?

Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:30 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

i read your post and let me say you're a f moron, geta life

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:29 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Debo you're an idiot.  Closed minded donkey.  Making an accusation like you made about NBA forcing Jordan out.  No way.  If anything they were going to throw money at him to stay.  How about all those McDonald games he played overseas for the NBA? And he say they were forcing him out, dumb.  Jordan's real reason his just what he said.  Jordan giving advice to Tiger, nothing wrong with that.  At least he did not cut him like everyone other loser has.  Jordan is being supportive. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2011 5:10 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Perhaps Mr. Jordan is convincing Woods to change careers. After all, many people know what a great athlete he is and he could do well playing basketball. matter how bad NFL, MLB, and NBA players behave as long as they win they are golden!

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