"Playing for Keeps" by David Halberstam
Monday, November 30, 2009
MICHAEL JORDAN'S BREAKFAST CLUB
He was a good student working with a good trainer. The most obvious thing about Michael Jordan, Grover (Jordan's individual trainer) thought, was that he was willing to pay the price of his ambitions. He was not only a great practice player but unusually faithful to his workouts. He didn’t cheat. At first, they scheduled the workouts after practice, but Jordan drove himself so hard in practice that he was too tired to do them properly afterward, so they switches their sessions to the mornings. Eventually, it became known as the Breakfast Club. By the late nineties Ron Harper and Scottie Pippen worked out with Jordan at the gym in his home every morning when the team was in Chicago, and then they had a breakfast prepared by a chef according to Grover’s specifications.