Sean O'Hair, Avoid the Tall Guy Smoking a Cigar or You're in Fore It

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 06:  US Team assistant Michael Jordan watches the play during a practice round prior to the start of The Presidents Cup at Harding Park Golf Course on October 6, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

"I feel like I can contribute from the mental aspect to help him battle some of the weaknesses that he may have,” Presidents Cup assistant captain Michael Jordan said of Sean O’Hair, whom he’s labeled as his “pet project” for the week.

“That's not saying he's a bad player. I think he's a great player. One thing about golf that I've learned, if you don't have positive confidence and reinforcements within your mind mentally, you're battling with yourself. If I can make him relax and play, that's good."

Sean O’Hair, grab you’re things and run!

Check into another hotel, and hire some security whose sole purpose is to keep Michael Jordan away from you.

Don’t worry about team unity, how the other players may view you when you check into your own suite in downtown San Francisco, or whether you’ll wind up being the most hated guy on tour...JUST DO IT (no pun intended)!  

You see, willingly allowing yourself to be Michael Jordan’s “pet project” is the equivalent of checking into a concentration camp.

Jordan is, always has been, and always will be, the definition of a control freak. He needs to be the dominant figure in any setting he finds himself, and one of the ways he accomplishes that is by verbally abusing everyone around him. He won’t relinquish until he has, in his mind, unmistakably asserted his dominance.   

Sure, Jordan was arguably the greatest player ever to lace up a pair of $200 sneakers. 

He’s won six NBA Championships, five MVP awards, and was selected to 14 NBA Championships.

On paper, the guy is a poster boy for team success.

However, in reality, the Chicago Bulls won six NBA Championships despite Jordan’s antics, rather than because of Jordan’s non-existent team building skills.

Jordan verbally abused Bill Cartwright from the moment Cartwright stepped into a Chicago Bulls' uniform. It wasn’t until Cartwright, who was visibly bigger and stronger, threatened him with physical harm that Jordan finally settled down.

Jordan punched both Steve Kerr and Will Purdue during a Bulls' practice.

Scottie Pippin decided to turn a deaf ear to Jordan’s ruthless verbal abuse for years in exchange for NBA Championships.

When Jordan became the senior vice president of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards, he did so only with a few stipulations in his contract.

First, he only had to show up in Washington a couple of days per week. The rest of the time he could "work" from his home in Chicago, the golf course, the casino, or wherever else he happened to be.

Second, he only had to physically attend a small handful of Wizards' games. 

Third, he was not required to attend any Wizards' practice sessions, even during pre-season.

Fourth, he would not be required to do any publicity work on behalf of the Wizards.

Sounds like a real team player, huh?

Prior to returning to the court for the Wizards, Jordan drafted 18-year-old Kwame Brown with the first overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

From the moment Brown arrived at training camp, Jordan, who had decided to try his hand at playing again, immediately began breaking down the 18-year-old with his verbal abuse.

Jordan's constant need to assert his dominance in the locker room and on the practice court also drove the team's only star, Richard Hamilton, out of town.

With six games left in the Wizards' 2001 season, Jordan was forced to shut it down for the remainder of the year, while the team still had a mathematical chance at making the playoffs.

How did he handle the situation?

The team was in Milwaukee at the time, and Jordan simply called head coach, Doug Collins, told him that he was done for the season, and quietly high-tailed it out of town on his private jet without addressing his teammates, sitting on the bench, or showing any kind of support whatsoever.

Heck, his teammates didn’t even know he was gone until they got onto the team bus that evening to head over to the arena.

Sounds like a real team player, huh.

Jordan’s ability to perform at the highest level and win, is undisputed.

He would have actually made a great professional golfer—nerves of steal, unrelenting drive, and most importantly, he’d be playing an individual sport.

In team situations, however, there are guys you want to be around and take advice from, and guys you want to avoid.

Michael Jordan would fall on the "avoid" list.

Perhaps Jordan will continue to think that the rules don't apply to him, light up another cigar, and find himself banned forever from Harding Park Golf Course.

But if not, Sean O’Hair—grab your clubs, your caddie, your family, your friends, and roadrunner it in the opposite direction of Michael Jordan.

Because, at the end of the day, would you really want to be like Mike?