While Michael Jordan's stint in the NBA will go down as the best ever, many fans forget just how good he was during his days in college. Playing for the University of North Carolina, Jordan became one of the standout players in the country and amazed people with his skill.
Coming out of high school, Jordan was at a slight disadvantage due to his size. At 6'4, he was by no means the biggest player in the country. But his talent spoke for him, and he got the chance to go to play for the Tar Heels for 3 years, under assistant coach Roy Williams.
Williams recently spoke in an interview about Michael Jordan. He said that Jordan was the best player of his size. But it was MJ's desire to work hard, win, and be the best ever that elevated him to be the greatest of all time, and what separates him from all other great basketball players (0:00 onward).
“Everybody missed, and we would have too. I just saw him on a Sunday afternoon and I thought ‘oh my gosh, this may be the best 6’4 high school player I’ve ever seen’. But none of us… knew that he was going to be Michael Jordan. He was just gifted. But he had a desire that was different from everybody else. He told me he wanted to be the best player ever in North Carolina. I said well, you’ve got to work harder than you did in high school. He said I worked as hard as everybody else. I said excuse me, I thought you told me you wanted to be the best. You have no chance. Two days later he came back and said I want to talk to you and said I’m going to show you nobody’ll ever outwork me and nobody ever has to this day.”
“That desire. There’s guys on the street corner that can run and jump. There’s guys playing basketball that can shoot, there’s guys doing so many things. And they are great players. But nobody’s as great as Michael Jordan was. That expression… He’s the GOAT and I’ve watched a lot of basketball, 71 years. Nobody’s done what Michael Jordan (has done). His desire, his passion, his focus, his work ethic, his competitiveness. Oh my gosh, it’s off the charts.”
Jordan would help UNC win a national championship during his 3-year stint there. He then went on to the NBA, going third overall to the Chicago Bulls. His arrival in the NBA was very exciting, with one poster even dubbing him 'the next Dr. J'.
From there, he embarked on a career in the league that allowed him to be recognized as the best to ever do it. Jordan's legacy is still unparalleled to this day. And the way his former coach spoke about him, even after all these years, just shows the kind of impact and influence Jordan had on the sport of basketball.