Michael Jordan Twitter takeover proves how much pull he still has

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Michael Jordan has always been extremely confident. It's part of what made him such a great player, the lack of fear.

It's what made him think he could take on professional baseball and succeed. But it's also made him subject to plenty of criticism in his handling of day-to-day business or the way he has talked about high school coach Pop Herring, who kept Jordan on the junior varsity team as a 5-foot-10 15-year-old years ago.

In 2012, Sports Illustrated took a deep look at the odd relationship and how Jordan continued to feed on that decision throughout his basketball career as he let the issue fester, including during his Hall of Fame speech.

That's why it's hard to read Jordan. So often, we get the pristine Nike commercial version of Jordan. The reality is a little different. On Tuesday, he took over the Hornets' Twitter account and fans got to see a little bit of the Jordan that they don't always see.

The best moment came in an exchange between Jordan and PGA golfer Keegan Bradley. Bradley asked “.@hornets MJ how does it feel to get beat by me everyday at bears club?! #GoHornets

Jordan responded “Last time I looked, you were wearing MY shoes. You don't see me wearing Air Keegans...”

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So what is Jordan really like?

Wouldn't we all like to know. The good part is that he seems to be doing better in his ownership role now than earlier in his career, when he showed more outward frustration when the team wasn't successful.

As for that Hall of Fame speech, the most interesting part to me was about Leroy Smith, who made the varsity team when Jordan didn't. Smith was at the inauguration ceremony and has business ties to Jordan to this day.

“And then there’s Leroy Smith. Now you guys think that’s a myth. Leroy Smith was a guy when I got cut he made the team – on the Varsity team – and he’s here tonight. He’s still the same 6’7″ guy – he’s not any bigger – probably his game is about the same.

"But he started the whole process with me, because when he made the team and I didn’t, I wanted to prove not just to Leroy Smith, not just to myself, but to the coach that picked Leroy over me, I wanted to make sure you understood – you made a mistake dude.”

At least he had fun

If anything, Tuesday's buzz proved how much pull Jordan still has. Lots of people take selfies. Most people don't get 15,000 retweets when they do it.

Not bad for a guy who hasn't played in years.

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