Why has Dez Bryant been staying out of trouble? Because Michael Jordan told him to
Part of the reason for Bryant's apparent maturation could have something to do with a discussion he had with NBA legend Michael Jordan back in February. What Bryant says Jordan told him was simply to "stay out of trouble." Obviously, that was not the first time Bryant has heard those words directed towards him, but Jordan's voice carries a little more weight in Bryant's mind. "Hearing it come from him... He is a strong voice. His opinion matters."
Less than two months later, Jordan Brand announced that Bryant was the newest athlete on their impressive roster. Whatever else Bryant and Jordan talked about in February, Jordan must have felt confident in Bryant's ability to mature.
Apparently, Bryant is extremely appreciative of his opportunity with Jordan. Bryant has agreed not to receive payment during the first year of his three-year pact with Jordan Brand so that he can prove his maturity before receiving his salary.
Bryant is confident that he can stay out of trouble, and feels that his deal with Jordan Brand will make staying well-behaved even easier. "It just adds fuel to trying to do things great at all times," Bryant said. "That's something you don't want to mess up... Everybody knows Michael Jordan is about his business, so that makes you want to be about yours."
Faulty decisions are just about the only things keeping Bryant from sheer greatness, and if he can keep his nose clean and focus on football all offseason, he could be in for a monster 2013 campaign. Bryant's chemistry with quarterback Tony Romo really kicked in last year, and the 24-year-old receiver caught 50 passes for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns in his ridiculous second half of the season. Things are really looking up for the formerly troubled Bryant.