Michael Jordan built the Chicago Bulls. Moreover, he put the NBA on his shoulders and proved young kids all over the world that they could also be great, successful, fly, and become a Champion. He set a standard for greatness by working harder than everybody else.
It was a simple equation. Do you want to be great at something? then you must be obsessed with it. You have to work hard for it every single day of your life, and you must want it more than every other guy.
That's why Jordan became such an inspiration for young hoopers, especially those growing up in Chicago during his prime, like Derrick Rose, for instance.
Rose recently recalled how it was for him growing up in a low-income community in Chicago and watching His Airness dominate the world as a young kid. He, like millions of kids across the globe, learned how to love the game by watching footage of the greatest player ever.
Moreover, Rose acknowledged that Jordan's work ethic was a cornerstone of his success and one of the biggest motivations for him growing up, as you could tell he was striving for something bigger than basketball because of how hard he worked:
"Michael Jordan was chasing greatness. It just showed that he dedicated his whole life to his craft," the former Chicago Bull claimed during his interview for 'The Last Dance' documentary.
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Una publicación compartida por Derrick Rose (@drose) el 27 de Abr de 2020 a las 6:15 PDT
Rose is the only other player in Bulls history to win both the Rookie of the Year and MVP award and obviously, the first one to do it since The Black Cat. He brought back hope to a team that hadn't truly been competitive since their second three-peat, he was a hometown kid trying to fly high like Jordan once did.