Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan spoke to the Alabama football team on Tuesday night, BamaOnLine has learned. Jordan addressed the team via Zoom during an already-scheduled team meeting and even answered some of the players’ questions after his speech.
According to a source, Jordan spoke about winning, being a competitor, dealing with outside noise and being the best, along with complacency and sacrifices and being a leader.
Alabama later shared photos of Jordan’s Tuesday evening chat.
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The six-time NBA champion is one of several guest speakers that has addressed the Crimson Tide team this offseason, along with Condoleezza Rice, Charles Barkley and Tony Dungy.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was a fan of The Last Dance docu-series that focused on Jordan’s final season with the Bulls and could relate to the 14-time All-Star’s approach.
“I really think the last three minutes of the last show … was something that I could really relate, that we could really relate to,” Saban said in May. “We’ve always had a very high standard in the program here of how we want everybody to be the best versions of themselves, personally, academically and athletically, because we’re college coaches. We’re not just in the professional ranks and it’s all about winning the game. It’s a lot about winning the game in college, but there’s some other things that we try to develop in players, as well. But when they referred to him as some of your teammates think you might be a tyrant and he paused and actually almost got tears in his eyes when he said there’s a price to pay for winning.
“There’s a price to pay for being a leader. You have to push people to get them to do things that they might not want to do. It might make them uncomfortable. Everybody wants to be comfortable, but you’ve got to get used to being uncomfortable if you’re really going to be successful and you’re really going to be good. And I could really relate to that because that’s what we’ve always tried to get the players in our program to do. Some understand it, some don’t. Some people use that against us in recruiting sometimes because I’ve heard, ‘You don’t have any fun at Alabama.’ Well, we have fun here. I mean, the structure that we have is so the players don’t have too much fun.
“But at the same, we’re also trying to create a culture of accountability where the players have the best chance to develop the kind of habits that are going to help them be successful in their life, in their future. Sometimes when you hold people accountable, it’s maybe to a standard that they’re not used to, but in the long run, it really, really benefits their chances to be successful. And I think that’s what Michael Jordan was trying to say, and I think that’s something that we can really relate to here.”
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