Hard Work Does Pay Off — Just Look at the 1997-1998 Chicago Bulls
I have watched the Last Dance at least four times. This is a documented story that Michael Jordan had people videotape of his career and the Chicago Bulls' rise to greatness.
If you haven’t watched this documentary on Netflix, you need to. It tells how this team was put together. Of course, Michael Jordan fell into the Bulls' lap with the third pick in the first round.
This article is about how this team was molded together through hard work. Like I said, Jerry Reinsdorf owns the Bulls and the late Jerry Krausse was the General Manager. That’s another story. This team evolved and had different chapters in its history.
First of all, Michael Jordan’s will to get better in basketball was by hard work and perseverance. He tried out for his varsity team as a sophomore and was cut. Can you believe that they felt he was too short? Well, he showed them!
Then there was his running mate on the Bulls Scottie Pippen. Pippen was first the manager at the University of Central Arkansas. Then, he had a severe growth spurt and turned into the excellent player as we knew him with the Bulls. He never gave up.
Then Steve Kerr. Kerr played at the University of Arizona and went undrafted. He showed that with his size he would have to work even harder. His hard work paid off big time.
Then there was the “Worm.” His name is Dennis Rodman. Rodman of course was drafted by the Detroit Pistons where they won multiple NBA Championships. He was drafted out of North Central Texas in the second round. He was Jordan and Pippen’s nemesis when he played against those guys with the Bad Boys.
Later in his career, the Bulls organization felt he was the missing piece to help them keep winning NBA Crowns.
My point in this article is that hard work pays off. So, in any endeavor you go after, work hard, have a plan, and be disciplined.