Michael Jordan Believed Punching Steve Kerr was a Wake Up Call, Turned to Mindfulness Coach For Help

The Chicago Bulls faced media scrutiny before the 1995/96 NBA season when Michael Jordan punched Steve Kerr. This incident pushed Jordan to seek help from a mindfulness coach, as revealed by then-coach Phil Jackson. In his memoir, Jackson described the incident that happened during his absence from practice. Jordan reportedly punched Kerr in the eye before leaving for the locker room. Jackson warned Jordan to resolve the issue with Kerr. With the help of the mindfulness coach George Mumford, Jordan improved his relationships with teammates and led the Bulls to multiple championships. Despite his aggressive leadership style, Jordan prioritized winning above all else, as depicted in the 2020 documentary, The Last Dance. The basketball legend maintained his fierce competitiveness throughout his storied career.

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