Yes, the GOAT dominated even when the lights were not on. Michael Jordan is arguably the best player to ever play the game of basketball. But to those who knew him best, it was no question that his excellence on the court came from his "relentless" practices. Jordan's former teammate BJ Armstrong can attest to the greatness that most were only able to witness on TV and through old video clips. But in his opinion, if you weren't in the gym with MJ during practice, you never got to see the best of him.
"The one thing I always say about Michael is we didn't see the best of Michael Jordan. As good as he was in the game, he was that much better in practice... The best practice player I've ever seen." — @bjarmstrong pic.twitter.com/8iUZfmYWzC— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 21, 2019
It sounds a little crazy. How could someone who won four league MVPs and six NBA Finals MVPs, one to match each of his six championship trophies, show just as much greatness at practice?
According to Armstrong, MJ was the embodiment of what every coach has drilled into their players. It's too perfect to imagine that he just...never turned it off.
“We play for one reason and that’s to win the title. Practice is more important than the games, and I will practice when I’m hurt, when 95 percent of the players in this league would sit out. I expect all of you to do the same thing. You will follow my lead.” Michael Jordan pic.twitter.com/syA0pqJgtT— Tomball Cougar Hoops (@TomballHoops) May 13, 2019
Armstrong claimed that MJ attacked practice the same way he attacked the game. It didn't matter if it was the practice before a game or the one right after; he always practiced with the "ferociousness" that he intended to play with.
So if Michael Jordan could dominate a league full of Hall of Famers who wanted nothing more than to knock him off of his pedestal, there's no question in my mind as to how he looked even greater in practice with guys who wanted him to be great.