One of the many reasons why Michael Jordan was undeniably a cut above the rest was his ability to defend. In fact, he's a nine-time All-Defensive player and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. However, 15-year NBA veteran Kendall Gill once said MJ also had a hole in his defensive game.
According to Gill, who was the 1999 NBA steals champion, it is true that Jordan was far from an average defender, but more often than not, he only found success in stopping his foes when they opt to attack the basket from the left side, which was MJ's right side.
"He would always jump to the left — his right, my left — if you dribbled that way. You can see him do it — he tried to do it against me in the video that I posted, and then I spun on him. I knew he was going to do that," Gill told Jack M. Silverstein via Readjack.substack.com in 2021.
As it turned out, Gill was somewhat telling the truth. In the throwback Instagram video he posted, he could be seen getting past Jordan through the Chicago Bulls star's left side, his weak side, during a one-on-one play.
True to form, Gill frequently relishes that moment just like what any non-All-Star player would've done if they owned MJ in a play, let alone if they capped it off with a nice dunk.
"Even if the Greatest obstacle is in front of you. Never let it impede your Love for what you do!!!," Gill proudly wrote in the post.
On the other hand, Gill said that, having matched up with Jordan for the better part of his NBA career, he noticed that "His Airness" put in more effort and energy on the defensive end during playoff games.
Gill further revealed that it wasn't that hard to realize as Jordan's expressions and movements throughout the game already speak volumes about his amplified intensity.
"He will always ramp his defense up in the playoffs," Gill revealed. "You could tell a distinct difference in him, regular season and playoffs. His defense went up about three or four notches."
"His intensity. He's going harder at you, his shuffles are harder, a lot quicker," he added. "His hands are a lot more active. You can see it on his face. This is game time. He's not playing around."