Michael Jordan, a super competitive athlete, something that all his former teammates highlight.  File Photo: AFP PHOTO/FILES/Robert SULLIVAN.

Benjamin Roy Armstrong, better known to basketball fans by his nickname BJ Armstrongwas an outstanding point guard who had a great career in the nineties, winning three NBA titles and participating in an All Star Game in 1994. But today, at 54 years of age, he knows that one of the things The most unforgettable moments of his sports career was playing for the Chicago Bulls of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and other stars, led by their iconic coach, Phil Jackson.

With them he won the titles of 1991, 1992 and 1993, being important especially in the 92 season, when he entered from the bench to replace the historic John Paxson and he was key to defining games, bringing out his trusty three-point shot.

30 years after those golden and unrepeatable years, not only for the Bulls but for the NBA, BJ gave an interview in which he recalled what it was like to play with Jordan, considered by many to be the best basketball player of all time.

In addition to highlighting MJ’s competitive spirit and the commitment he showed in each training session, Armstrong praised his former teammate’s talent by referring to what his life was like off the court. It is that for BJ, Michael gave advantages because he did not rest enough.


Michael Jordan, a super competitive athlete, something that all his former teammates highlight. File Photo: AFP PHOTO/FILES/Robert SULLIVAN.

Armstrong’s Testimony

“I watched him play 35-40 minutes a night and then he came to training with the same energy. I’ve never seen a guy so competitive and always active. In training I realized that he was different. When everyone else was tired, Phil’s (Jackson) whistle was blowing and he was acting like he had slept 10 hours when in reality he had been playing cards or whatever he was doing, not having eaten or rested well,” he told The Rex Chapman Show, a popular American sports podcast.

“If he had slept, we don’t know how good he really would have been. We did not see the best of Michael Jordan because he did not sleep in those 14 years. It’s not that she slept little, it’s that she didn’t,” Armstrong added.

In “The Last Dance”, the documentary series found on the Netflix platform, some of Jordan’s lesser-known extra-sports sides are explored. One of them was his addiction to gambling, especially cards, finding any occasion to bet and have fun putting his money and cards on the table.

Armstrong did not delve into that subject but he did insist on the professionalism that Jordan showed in each practice, when although he was the best of all, he tried his best as if he were a boy who was trying to earn a place among Bulls starters.

“He hasn’t been shown training,” BJ observed. And he added, admiringly: “He was the best player in training I’ve ever seen. I have never seen a boy train so hard and that is what we should show the children. Because we only showed them the games when the lights were on. I was in the same place as him and I was tired, everyone else was tired. Except for him, who hadn’t slept.”

Winner of six NBA rings, Jordan retired from basketball permanently in 2003, playing for the Washington Wizards. Today, at 59 years of age, he is still linked to the NBA as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, in addition to owning a conglomerate of companies and commercial contracts that make him have assets estimated at more than 1,600 million dollars.

Michael Jordan poses with another remembered former Bulls, Dennis Rodman, at the gala for the 75 years of the NBA, last February.  Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP.

Michael Jordan poses with another remembered former Bulls, Dennis Rodman, at the gala for the 75 years of the NBA, last February. Photo: Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP.

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