The first Bulls practice after Jordan made his comeback to basketball in 1995 ended with Michael walking to the baseline on his own, and running windsprints,” described Pat Williams. “Without a word, all eleven of his teammates joined in.”
Somebody asked Jordan, after he won his fifth championship in 1997 why he’d bother to keep playing. “Because,” he said, “I still think I can get better.”
The day after the now-immortalized ‘Sick Game’ in Utah, Jordan spent ninety minutes in the game.
The team would stumble into a hotel on the road at two or three in the morning and sometimes Jordan would want to work out then. Other days, when he had exhausted himself during afternoon practices, he would wake up early and be in the gym by 6 a.m., four hours before the team began regular workouts.