With “The Last Dance” dominating the minds of the basketball world for the past few weeks, just about everyone has come out with something glowing to say about Michael Jordan.
B.J. Armstrong was Jordan’s teammate for several years, including during the Bulls’ first three-peat, and took it to the next level with what he said to Scott Van Pelt on SportsCenter on Sunday after Episodes 7 and 8 of “The Last Dance” aired.
“I saw an artist at work,” Armstrong said of Jordan. “I saw someone that brought creativity to the game of basketball and I saw someone that dedicated their life to the game and I don’t know if trying to be the best or trying to be the GOAT was ever the goal, but I saw someone who was committed and has that much respect for the game of basketball that just allowed me to see what it really, truly means to love something.
"He had an incredible amount of talent, but I tell you what, what he did with that talent was the most impressive thing I’ve ever seen and what I’ll always cherish as I tell my own kids how committed you have to be to if you want to be good at anything in life.”
There’s not really much else that can be said to add to that. Jordan’s competitive nature has been on full display throughout the documentary, which has served as a reminder (or in some cases, a teaching tool) of what made Jordan great. In anticipation of the documentary’s release, Jordan was quoted as saying people would not think he was a nice person by the end of the series.
Armstrong used that insanely competitive nature to be an example of what it takes to be great.