In the NBA lockout, there are two sides. President of the NBA Players Association Derek Fisher has found himself on the opposite side of one Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
He should be afraid—very afraid.
If you want a guaranteed loss, just be on the team playing against MJ.
Michael Jordan thrives on competition. He remembers every slight, real or imagined, dating all the way back to the time he got cut from the varsity team in high school.
DJ Khaled had to be talking about Jordan when he said, "All I do is win, win, win no matter what."
So, now he is looking at you, Derek Fisher. He isn't wagging his tongue out, but he has that same look in his eye. Michael Jordan wants to beat you. He wants to destroy you. He wants to break your will.
If history is our guide, then you are screwed.
Jordan once talked back to Bobby Knight. Have you ever heard of anybody else doing that and living to tell about it?
Jordan crashed the starting lineup as a freshman at North Carolina, something that was almost unheard of, under head coach Dean Smith.
Jordan overtook Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, when they ruled the league in the '80s, to become the best player in the NBA. He scored 63 points against the Celtics, prompting Bird to call him "God disguised as Michael Jordan."
He took those physical beatings from Isiah Thomas and the "Bad Boy" Pistons before eventually knocking them out in 1991. Then, he took care of Johnson and the Lakers on the way to his first NBA Championship with the Bulls.
We all know what came after that.
He took out Patrick Ewing and the Knicks, Clyde Drexler and the Blazers, Charles Barkley and the Suns. He got bored and played baseball, then came back and beat Reggie Miller and the Pacers, Gary Payton and the Sonics and finally disposed of John Stockton, Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz (twice).
Fellas, that is a long list of Hall of Fame players that crossed Michael Jordan, and they all came up short!
My point is, if you cross Michael Jordan, you are going to lose.
Now, I know what you are thinking: "This isn't basketball. This is business."
Did I mention that Michael Jordan is such a good businessman that he now owns his own NBA team?
Think about that for just a minute, NBA players. This guy used to be one of you, and now he is one of them. He made so much money that you guys work for him now.
Does it ever even cross your mind how impossible that is?
So, Derek Fisher, I want you to think long and hard about this. That is Michael Jeffrey Jordan sitting across the table from you.
He wants to change the way the NBA does business, and MJ always gets what he wants.