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Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Posted on: July 29, 2011 4:23 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 4:41 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


We can all agree that disgraced golfer Tiger Woods is a mess right now. There's not much point in rubbing in that fact as his career is in shambles, his marriage was dissolved and his health is touch-and-go.

But none of that stopped Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan from calling Woods "very fragile" and comparing him to a "wounded dog" in an interview with Australia's Herald Sun.

Jordan is uniquely qualified to give advice to Woods for at least three reasons. One: Because he understands how to deal with fame at its highest level. Two: Because he understands that elite athletes are still human and their private lives affect their on-court performance. Three: Because he is friendly with Woods and certainly commands his respect.

So what is the greatest basketball player of all time's current for the potential greatest golfer of all time? Turn the game into therapy.
"The biggest thing is that I've always - and I'm pretty sure Tiger has, too - used sport as a therapeutic tool," he said. "Once you're inside the lines, you can focus on what your jobs are and what you're doing on the court, or for him the course.

"The problem for him was that he wasn't physically capable of getting inside those lines and doing those things. I think he's been somewhat fragile mentally and physically. When I went through those [personal] issues, once I got on to the basketball court that became a therapeutic thing for me where I was able to forget all those other things."

"Once I finished playing basketball, I came out with a better understanding of the decisions I had to make. He doesn't have that now. Now he's going through something that's totally different, totally new for him and he's now acknowledging that. He needs to get healthy, mentally and physically, before he can really attack that."

Jordan was a notoriously competitive player and someone who never settled for anything short of peak performance from himself and his teammates. Here, his advice is sound.

But in the reference to a "wounded dog" and the use of the word "fragile" I vaguely detect a hint of Jordan the teammate and competitor rather than Jordan the big brother and mentor. Like the rest of us, Jordan knows that Woods is capable of so much more than he's shown recently. Like the rest of us, Jordan likely wants to watch that greatness unfold.

Sometimes competitors with lengthy, winning track records simply need to find a way to rededicate themselves, to rekindle their spark. Sometimes they simply need a new challenge or a new challenger. Perhaps Jordan is stepping into that role for Woods.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:23 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Wishful thinking from yet another hater.  Tiger is far from "done".  He's not "cooked".  He's not even close to being" finished".  
You have NO clue what the future holds in terms of Tiger's success in tournament golf, or lack thereof.   

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:14 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Very well said -  When you start taking advice from Jordan and/or Charles Barkley then your issues have issues - 

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 4:27 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

It comes from a writer that never was or never will be good enough to be called disgraced because he is a "never was" people that jump on someone when they are down are the worst losers of all. This writer falls into that group. Way to go loser.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:15 am

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

the dude is a mess- we all know it, he knows it.
he was a hell of a golfer and did a lot to put the sport in the top of the news.
he may or may not return to his full peak but either way its fun as hell to watch :D

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:30 am

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

'Disgraced' golfer? What's does that mean??


Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:34 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

I don't think Tiger believes he is broken or wounded.  It's kind of funny that MJ is a therapist now.  Look Tiger messed up his image of a nice guy is done.  That's what bothers him.  Seriously he has partied in Vegas with MJ and Sir Charles they kinda showed him how to grab and take everything offered to them.  Look it's called rebuilding.  If he can get it all together he will win.  Maybe he should go find him a steady lady friend and get back to home cooking.  Tiger isn't a killer but his only crime was eating apples from other trees when he had the Orchard at his house.  When he is really healthy and no trick knee problems he will start to win again.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:23 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

It is good that Michael Jordan would take the time out to evaluate one of his friends as to the problems that he might be having and ways to correct these particular problems.

I,  like Michael Jordan, think that Tiger’s problem might be mental at this point, and could be overcome with confidence and getting his swagger back once again. If you are gonna compete at that level in any professional sport one of the things you must have extreme confidence that you might beat any other competitor you are playing against.

I think Tiger can overcome this dilemma with a little help. Friends of his such Michael Jordan could be instrumental in this happening. Some of what Tiger is going through Michael has already been through, there is nothing like having a friend that understand a few of the bumps and hills you would have to climb to overcome the mental problems and things running through your mind that would keep you from being what you should be or climbing back to the top of the mountain.

I see that he let his long time caddy Williams go because, because Williams failed to get permission to caddy for another professional golfer while still being paid by Tiger. There might have been other reasons, however, this is the one that was reported.

I look forward to the day when Tiger return to the greens with all the confidence he had before these personal problems came about

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 5:05 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Krusader: From the racist content of you post, I think I understand why you spelled your screen handle with a "K".

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 3:24 pm

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Who doesn't?

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:10 am

Michael Jordan's advice for Tiger Woods

Don't all American males over 40 have this similar penchant? I must admit those PAC-10 cheerleaders pique my interest.Dude; just because you're in your early 20's and can't get any action is no reason at taking cheap shots at MJ and the feline. Just go down to the nearest watering hole on some Saturday and fake interest in some chick's alma mater and you'll have a happy ending to your day. Works every time my man.

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