And this!

This. Is. An. Alien. And even “old” Mike during the second three-peat was still a freak.

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We make things too hard sometimes when attempting to contextualize the physical feats athletes accomplish. Winning and losing ain’t about who “wants it more.” Or rather, it ain’t as much about that as we convince ourselves it is. Because sometimes you just make shots, and sometimes you just don’t. And if you’re great, you’re usually gonna make more shots than the other guy. That’s it. Which is more likely to be true? That the Bulls won three titles in a row because they wanted it more than everyone else? Or because they had the best player (Mike), arguably the second-best player (Scottie Pippen), the best perimeter defender (Pippen), the best rebounder (Dennis Rodman), the best interior defender (Rodman), the best sixth man (Toni Kukoc), and the best coach (Phil Jackson)?

Again, I’m not saying all that nebulous “killer instinct” and “competitive fire” shit don’t matter. Cause it does. I’m just saying it’s the ketchup, not the steak. What made Michael Jordan great at playing basketball is that he was...great at playing basketball. If that seems too simple, you’re still thinking too hard.