The Bulls great has done what most NBA players want to accomplish in their careers. Jordan’s status as the greatest NBA player of all time has been confirmed by six titles, six Finals MVPs, five NBA MVPs, an obvious Hall of Fame entry, and much more.
So, what made his career so perplexing? To give you some background, he retired three times during his career. If that seems strange, that’s because it is. His first retirement was by far the most startling, given it occurred only nine years into his career, and he had only recently begun to win at the top level, having just completed his first threepeat.
If you’ve observed Jordan’s career, you’ll know that for all of his accomplishments, he’s also had numerous failures. Jordan was dropped from his high school varsity team and didn’t win a title until he was selected seven years later.
Furthermore, he previously offered an encouraging message about how despite missing 9,000 shots, he worked hard to improve his skill and achieve the top.
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career,” Jordan stated. “I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty six times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
In a similar emotional speech about hard work and never giving up, Schwarzenegger used the remark. In his own address, the former Terminator star and former California governor quoted Jordan enthusiastically.