Is it possible we never even saw the best of Michael Jordan?
According to former Bulls guard BJ Armstrong, that very well may be the case.
In a recent conversation with Rex Chapman, Armstrong spoke about how Jordan was notorious for his lack of sleep. Saying:
If he would have slept, we don't how good he really would have been. We didn't see the best of Michael Jordan because he didn't sleep for 14 years literally.
Watching him play 35-40 minutes, and then come to practice with the same energy... and you're like 'Wait a minute, this isn't normal.' ... He was the greatest practice player I've ever seen. ... I've never seen someone this competitive and it's always on. It's always on.
Armstrong didn't reveal what MJ might've been doing off the court, but the former All-Star just knew Jordan was different.
I don't want to tell too much... But you're like 'I was at the same place he was at and I'm a little tired today,' [laughs]. And then all of the sudden, when Phil Jackson would blow the whistle, this guy's like he got 10 hours of sleep. And he didn't eat.
So you've got a guy who didn't sleep, he didn't eat, ... he's doing whatever he's doing at night... and you're like 'How?!'
The Hall of Famer didn't let a little lack of sleep stop him from six NBA championships, six Finals MVPs, 14 All-Star appearances, five regular season MVPs, 10 scoring titles or nine All-Defensive teams...
So what would a well-rested Michael Jordan have looked like?