Tag: Michael Jordan

The surprising business case for the Locker Room Guy/Gal

In business, there’s something called the 20-70-10 rule. What this means is that in a group of 10 people, two employees will stand out as the top performers. The next seven are like the peloton in the Tour de France. And then the bottom person is a non-producer. If you follow this system (created by GE’s Jack... Read more »

LeBron James and his annual trip to the NBA Finals

He had been here before. An elimination game on the road; 48 minutes separating another chance at a ring vs. another long summer. Another offseason of—forget the, “Is this the next MJ?” debate—at this point, it was, “Will this ‘King’ ever win a ring?” This particular time around, 2010, it was Game 6 in Boston.... Read more »

23 things you might not know about Michael Jordan and the 1984 NBA Draft

Over the last month, I have been trying to read as many of the great basketball books as I can as inspiration. My hot streak continued with Filip Bondy’s book Tipoff: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever.  Tipoff is another must-read book for NBA fans. Bondy’s reporting is full of behind the scenes information and plenty of answers... Read more »

NBA Finals - Historical context for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Game 5 explosion

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving put together a masterpiece in Game 5 that we have legitimately never seen before in an NBA Finals game. And I know, I know, I said let’s take this series two games at a time, keeps me from overreacting or saying statements like the one above, but how can we... Read more »

2016 NBA Finals - Two games at a time

This year’s NBA Finals rematch between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers is starting to feel like a five game series. It’s starting to feel like the deck was shuffled out of order and we already witnessed the actual finals between Golden State and Oklahoma City. It’s starting to feel like Lebron James is... Read more »

Why Michael Jordan apologists may be in for a tough 10 years (part 3)

If you are ever in New York City looking out at the enormous skyline that stretches out like a mountain range, I think there is only one obvious answer for the greatest individual skyscraper. Around the world, there are taller options, shinier ones, crazier designs, but only this one seems exempt from ever becoming outdated.... Read more »

Why Michael Jordan apologists may be in for a tough 10 years (part 2)

I think a sports fan’s career begins at age 8. Anything before that doesn’t count. You may have a favorite team, favorite player, cry when they lose, celebrate with your parents when they win, but third grade is when you begin to see a league differently. Third grade is a big year. You are finally... Read more »

Why Michael Jordan apologists may be in for a tough 10 years (part 1)

When it comes to the Michael Jordan vs. Lebron James debate, Chicago has a surprisingly divided voting base. I mean it’s not an Ohio or Florida level swing state, but it’s close enough that if you do make the Lebron over MJ argument in a Chicago bar, you are guaranteed to have a few people... Read more »