Michael Jordan’s legacy as a “teacher” or someone who passed the game on isn’t exactly sterling. He pretty much killed Kwame Brown’s soul, and has never been known to take a special interest in any of his players on the Wizards or Bobcats. Jordan is known to have ridiculously high standards, keeps a close circle of friends, and is aware of his place, as, you know, the best basketball player of all time.
But maybe things are changing. The Charlotte Observer reports that Jordan has started taking Gerald Henderson under his wing, personally providing him with film on how to improve his game, particularly in drawing fouls to get to the line.
Jordan has taken a great personal interest in Henderson’s development. It started before the lockout when Jordan advised Henderson to focus on his ball handling, because without the ability to drive to the rim, Henderson was forfeiting what’s best about his game.
Over time, they’ve developed a bond.
“He’s a great kid with the right work ethic. He can be a really good basketball player, and if I can do what it takes to get him there, I will,” Jordan told the Observer. “I told him to work at shooting 50 percent from the field – don’t just take a lot of shots. And free throws are just what they sound like – free points. Someone with his abilities should be getting to the line all the time.”
A bond? Between Jordan and a player under 40? What is happening? It is the 2012 the Mayans warned us about.
No one has noticed because they keep losing and in some games are getting hammered, but the Bobcats really do have some potential. If you watch their games you’re seeing some cohesiveness, some ability. They still need a major roster overhaul, but Henderson has been very impressive offensively shooting 47 percent from the field. If he could develop a three-point shot he’d be something really deadly. But attacking the rim is going to help as well. It’ll force teams to respect the drive and open up his mid-range jumper.
Reclaiming the Bobcats is a long-term process. It’s good to see Jordan investing in a player finally, to pass on the wealth of knowledge he has at his disposal as the greatest of all time.