Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan and rugby …?

His last shot and how to train

Coincidence? The week I had a discussion with a coach regarding The Team Run, I stumble on this interview with Michael Jordan about his mindset in training.

Why we train

To improve our performance of course. So us coaches can talk about technical v. tactical, 10.000 hours, conditioning with or without the ball and much more!

Why does Michael Jordan train?

To be fit, maintain his technical skills. Phil Jackson wrote in his Sacred Hoops book how Jordan did his pre-season conditioning through hours and hours of one on one basketball. Goal: be fit and ready for that one shot.

Watch the interview here

So how does Michael Jordan train? “I practise as in a game, so when the moment comes, it is not new to me”.

From his perspective The Teamrun, training without opposition, has no importance.

Learning from Jordan

The Team Run is where we go through the organisation of play, where to go from scrum, line-out, go through attacking options. I see this more as a refresher before a big match than a serious learning experience.

  • There is no real opposition, so what about timing and anticipation?
  • There is no pressure, no realism, every line-out ball will reach the Open Side wing;
  • Without opposition, the execution of the skill has no consequence;
  • After a team run we have a good feeling, but who are we fooling?
  • But most of all: “when the moment comes in the game, it is new to the players“;
  • Michael Jordan surely is a Jungle Tiger!

Interesting perspective from this legend.

And SuperCoach Online and the Team Run?

Although I am not enthusiastic about it, the Team Run is now an exercise in the group of ‘End Game’ training elements.

More on Supercoach Online here!

Background information

Read more on Michael Jordan and his time at the Bulls in Phil Jackson’s book “Sacred Book”. In this book Phil describes how he wanted the team to be more than just Michael Jordan.