"If you ask someone to explain what was so great about Michael Jordan, you’re likely to get “competitor,” “winner,” “killer instinct,” or some other psychologically-based adjective that does little to convey the tangible skills he demonstrated on the court. While there is still some appreciation for the grace of his actual play, the Jordan competitiveness narrative has come to obscure memories of his full-speed inside-out dribble, and footwork that would stub a ballerina’s toes. His post game, his passing, his strength — all of it is subsumed into a broader story about a man’s will. It’s like remembering Mozart’s works by declaring “no one loved music more,” or explaining all of Ben Franklin’s breadth of contributions with “he just thought harder than everyone."
The San Antonion Spurs, beyond the usual explanations - ESPN