I gotta be honest, when it happened I was a little put off like most. I found it to be in poor taste (to an extent), I was kinda disappointed in the speech.
But looking at it now…..
This shit is hilarious!!!!!
Why was the world so up in arms over this? now I look at it and I can't stop laughing, but he kept it real (not as real as Rodman). He opened up the speech by saying "What do you people not know about me?" and he's right. We know his entire story, it has been recounted millions of times. What he did was give us an insight into what makes him who he is, what fuels him, what he used as motivation. At the moment I think some of us understood that but lost focus on his intention. Some were offended when it first happened, but now the shit is hilarious.
I'm sitting here cracking up at his stories and quibs. They appear to be different this time around. When I first saw it, they appeared to have a mean subtext, but now they appear to be almost playful.
Yeah I remember some folks were calling MJ's speech petty. I saw it as keeping it real. I loved it! This is the Jordan that we, some of us, have always loved. That fire. We got the chance to see and hear what motivated him to greatness. My favorite parts were the Byron Russell call out and Jordan's comments between Jerry K or Jerry R and one of the Jerry's stated "if you had a headache and you got 10 tablets and one of them is coated with cyanide, would you take the tablet?" Jordan fires back with "Dpends on the headache." Classic. This is why Jordan is the greatest. That dude loved the game of basketball and loved winning.
I don’t think it was that great. It started off good, but then he started focusing too much on trying to show his competitive nature. I mean in one level it’s great to see, but not on a Hall of Fame speech. I believe he said that he didn’t write much, just wanted to speak from the heart, and that could really back fired because unless you’re in the correct mindset, you will not express yourself as effective as you might want.
For example he told his kids basically that they have a lot of pressure on them, since many will assume that just because they’re Michael Jordan’s kids, that unless they achieve a similar level of success people are going to think they’re failures, and that’s unfair. But not really being in the proper mindset, to many it sounds as if he’s telling them in a competitive way that he’s better than them.