I'll Fly Away

With nothing left to conquer (and perhaps tired of playing himself as others see him), Michael Jordan breaks away from the game that made him

Basketball is a team sport, but Michael Jordan often played it as if he were all alone. Call it genius or call it selfishness -- the two traits often overlap -- but Jordan sometimes seemed to resent the fact that he had four teammates on the floor with him. His talent was so singular that he was often competing only against himself, against the memory of his last impossible dunk, his last acrobatic steal, his last whizzing cross-court assist. And in the end, that kind of competition bored him.

While he could express himself on the court, off it he was...

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