Former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t believe Michael Jordan’s leadership style would be successful in the modern-day NBA.
Former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy recently made headlines by stating that he hasn’t been watching the ESPN docu-series The Last Dance, although he has a valid reason for not tuning in. JVG lived it, as his New York Knicks teams were constantly left heart-broken by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls during the ’90s.
JVG is also quite familiar with Jordan’s leadership style, which makes Jordan look like a tyrant in the eyes of many. This was especially portrayed in the ESPN-featured film, as Jordan constantly pushed Scott Burrell in a not-so-pleasant way, although Burrell handled it better than most would have.
Jordan also once punched Steve Kerr in the face, which was highlighted in the docu-series. But the uber-competitive MJ got emotional when discussing his leadership style and the great extent in which he was willing to push and motivate teammates, as he stated that he never asked his teammates to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself.
This has led many to question and wonder how effective Jordan’s leadership style would be in today’s era, as times are extremely different both in the league and in the modern-day society. Former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy knows exactly how Jordan’s leadership approach would fare now-a-days.
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