Hello, and welcome to the Leadership Done Right Podcast, Episode 38: Everyone Needs a Leadership Coach and So Do You!
The Man Who Cut Michael Jordan
Have you ever heard the story of Michael Jordan getting cut from his high school basketball team? Well, there is definitely more to the story. When I think of getting cut, I think of not playing at all… instead, Jordan didn’t make the varsity team but made the JV team. I am going to share some insights from the Sports Illustrated article, “Did This Man Really Cut MICHAEL JORDAN?” by Thomas Lake.
JV Was Not an Oversight
“The decision to leave Jordan on JV as a sophomore was not an oversight. His coach, Clifton (Pop) Herring, and Pop’s assistants knew Jordan would ride the bench on varsity, so they put him on JV, and it worked out perfectly. When he got to varsity, he was ready to lead the team. Pop gave Michael his time but made him earn everything else. They would play Around the World after practice, and Pop was nearly unbeatable. Jordan hated to lose, of course, so he kept improving until the day he finally won.”
“Some people, including Pop’s friend Jimmy Hebron, the coach at New Hanover, believe Herring could have won a state championship if he had put the explosive and fast-growing Jordan at forward and let him “play volleyball” with the towering Leroy Smith. Hebron says this as a compliment to Pop for putting Jordan’s development ahead of Pop’s own desire for trophies. It’s true that Jordan was better served by playing point guard than he would have been banging on the blocks, but Pop’s assistant and friend Ron Coley says the move was designed to make the team better. They knew Jordan was their best player, and they figured the surest way to get him the ball was to put it in his hands at the start of every play.” [Read more…] about Podcast Episode #38 — Everyone Needs a Leadership Coach and So Do You!