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Jordan tapped to advise, motivate U.S. Ryder Cup team

Sep 5, 2012, 5:10 PM EST

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Let’s just hope he doesn’t go Steve Kerr and punch Bubba Watson in the face…

Michael Jordan was certainly known as a motivator as an NBA player, although mostly because he was competitive to the point of near insanity (he once told Kerr he had never felt so low as when his team had lost a scrimmage at a Bulls practice). Jordan was the bad cop and nobody played good cop. He yelled drove people, embarrassed them and pushed them. And he has six rings in part because of that.

So it’s interesting that the United States Ryder Cup team captain Davis Love III has reached out to get him as a motivator and advisor, something reported by the Guardian in London (hat tip to SLAM).

Jordan will be at close quarters with Love and his team. The 49-year-old has previously been an assistant captain for Fred Couples – himself part of Love’s backroom team – at the Presidents Cup.

“I’ve talked to him. Michael’s going to be hanging around with Fred probably a lot and be an influence,” Love said. “I told Michael this a couple weeks ago. One of the neatest things I ever saw in the Ryder Cup was Michael riding in the golf cart with Tom Kite. He came out to watch Freddie and I play and I thought that was one of the coolest things.

“So I want my team, like Fred and I did, to get to see Michael. Rather than him sneaking around in the gallery, I want him to be seen and I want him to be in our team room, be hanging around and be a great influence.”

Basically, it’s just cool to hang out with Michael Jordan. Even if you are one of the best golfers in the world.

The Ryder Cup is a three-day golf competition between the best of the USA and the best of Europe, competing for their side. There’s a lot of national (and continental) pride on the line and makes for good television. It begins Sept. 28 and you can see the weekend matches on NBC.

  1. mikmar22 - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    MJ can’t even motivate his own team so please stay away from the Ryder Cup team.

  2. jayquintana - Sep 5, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    If MJ can’t motivate players on his b-ball team, why would he be able to motivate golfers?

  3. fballlvr22 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    shouldn’t this be ray lewis’s job?

    • texxxasmade - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Ray Lewis is a pipe layn’ niqqu, love that guy! Other pipe layn’ niqques, include Suge Knight, guy from the Green Mile, Debo from Friday movie…just to name a few :)

  4. fanz928 - Sep 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    He didn’t need to motivate his teammates they knew he was going to win for them

  5. bcjim - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    go away MJ. We get it..you can ball. Unfortunately that seems like your only talent.

  6. bballdad - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Love MJ but with his actions, he continues to give us the impression that his focus is clearly not on the Bobcats. Dial it in Jeffery!!!

  7. paulhargis53 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    Boy, this site is filled with nothing but a bunch of insolent angry turds.

    What is the big deal? Is he supposed to be holed up in his office 19 hours a day?

    He could only play ball? Yeah as one of the greatest of all time.

    What have any of you slothlike people do.e with your lives that compares?

    The human race needs a Captain trips like epidemic.

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