Comments range from Lakers’ fan Michael Nolledo saying, “Wow – Michael Jordan picks David Thompsonto induct him into the HOF – says he was the only player to ever inspire him!” to Coach Steve Finamore of Jackson Community College writing, “David Thompson will present MJ at the Hall of Fame http://tinyurl.com/l3zj64 This selection by MJ surprised me…”
The upcoming week will be like the preparations for a coronation.
People hungry for some of Jordan’s most spectacular moments can check out ESPN’s countdown of 23 highlights,. starting with his college days of torching the Bobby Cremins-led Rambling Wreck of Georgia Tech.
During the rest of the week, I will write each day about one book about the man ESPN named The Athlete of the Century.
Michael Leahy’s When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan’s Last Comeback is the first and least appealing of the books on the list. Leahy paints a highly unflattering of the Jordan who played his final two years for the Washingon Bullets as a verbally abusive, power hungry, homophobic gambling addict of a teammate who was even less effective as an executive.
To some degree, the darker sides of Jordan’s personality had been explored before in Sam Smith’s The Jordan Rules, which will be the subject of another post, and Leahy’s portrait goes far beyond Smith’s account.
I recommend reading it either if you are a Pistons’ fan or if you want to be reminded that we are all human and, in some ways or another, have feet of clay.
Even if you don’t agree with Leahy’s assessment, Jordan’s choice of Thompson over any teammate or former coach is curious, at the least.