Everyone would agree that the most talented basketball player of all time was Michael Jordan. Nevertheless, it was also known that when it came to carrying a grudge, he was great. It took an impressive amount of personal motivation to get to the top of the field and stay there, and one of the things that had fueled his desire to get there were his beefs and disagreements in the case of Michael Jordan. We compiled a list of all the biggest beef Michael Jordan had in his career to give His Airness honor, and he still carried some of those grudges until today. While the others were not quite so, some kinds of beef were simple. Some of them were perceived slights that pushed the basketball player crazy. It would help readers to understand more about Michael Jordan by reading through this list. This beef had molded him into the legend that he was today.
The 1985 NBA All-Stars
The idea of the hotshot rookie joining the All-Stars game did not please the old NBA guard. Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, and George Gervin were a rumor of working together against Michael Jordan and teaming up. The veterans had agreed that while they locked Jordan down whenever he had the ball, they would let each other rack up points. This strategy was proven to be successful because Jordan only scored seven points on nine shots. Michael Jordan had turned the tables around for the next round played by the Bulls with Pistons and had scored 49 points-15 rebounds, five assists, and four steals. This was what ignited Thomas and the Pistons’ rivalry.
Isaiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons
The Bulls and Pistons have faced off in the playoffs for four years in a row, with the Pistons winning the first three. Thomas and his team left without the custom of shaking hands once the Bulls finally won the fourth. Because of this rude gesture and the previous games’ results, Jordan wasn’t sure whether he would play for the 1992 Dream Team if Thomas were there. Jordan’s insistence caused Thomas to be taken away from the squad. It wasn’t just Jordan who wanted him out of the team, it seemed. Scottie Pippen claimed in one of his interviews that, “I despised how he played the game. No, I didn’t want him on the Dream Team.”
Toni Kukoc, Chicago Bulls
And it wasn’t just the rivals who had Michael Jordan’s ire. In 1990, Toni Kukoc was drafted by the Bulls but was still a player for the 1992 Olympics in Europe. MJ got tired of hearing about Kukoc going on and on with his general manager, Jerry Krause. So, when the Dream Team faced off against Croatia’s Kukoc, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen made their future teammate’s situation miserable. In an interview, Karl Malone mentioned, “They were damn near pulling straws to see who guarded him. Kukoc had no idea. Poor Kukoc ended the night with 4 points on 11 shots. Jordan and Pippen shut him down just to prove a point.”
His Other Chicago Bulls Teammates
Michael Jordan also experienced a few fights with his teammates. Throughout the years, he insulted many of his teammates with unforgettable and hurtful comments or plays. It seemed like MJ wasn’t much of a team player in all these instances. To see who, what and how he did it, read on.
Bill Cartwright, Chicago Bulls Teammate
Bill Cartwright was brought in from a rival team, and Jordan’s dislike stemmed from this. The player released was a friend and one person with whom Michael liked to play. Jordan went so far as to intimidate his new teammate, calling him “Medical Bill” The Bulls once traded Bill Cartwright for Charles Oakley. He was giving bad passes to the new guy on purpose. Michale wanted to make it seem as though his hands were bad, and he threw impossible passes.
Steve Kerr, Chicago Bulls Teammate
He punched Steve Kerr in the face in one practice. In his new document series, where Kerr spoke back to Michael because he did not agree with something said, the disagreement between them is addressed. Kerr says that he thinks by standing up to him, he earned some respect. Michael said he lost his temper, but it was other frustrations that led him to do i. Hee apologized to Kerr after practice.
Will Perdue, Chicago Bulls Teammate
Will Perdue, Cartwright’s backup, also punched MJ.
Stacey King, Chicago Bulls Teammate
Stacey King was insulted by him and called him a “powerless forward” and a “big, fat guy” who knew nothing about rebounding. For someone who idolized Michael Jordan and discussed how he used to rub Michael’s poster for luck before games before making it to the Bulls, this was a major blow. When King played for Oklahoma. That was when he said he felt like he could rub the real Michael Jordan for luck… He was just wrong.
Horace Grant, Chicago Bulls Teammate
He even told Horace Grant that he was too stupid to remember plays. That’s not all he would tell employees if he played bad not to feed Horace. It was an impetus to inspire him, but one that Horace did not like. Horace recognizes that Michael was simply trying to motivate him, but it’s a bit harsh to take his food away. Mostly when the first overall pick was Horace.
Rodney McCray, Chicago Bulls Teammate
Michael nearly ruined Rodney McCray’s career by always telling the guy he was a loser. In 1992, McCray joined the Bulls and was 31 years old. He was reported to be screaming in Rodney’s face and bashing him down. After that, Rodney wasn’t even able to put up a jumper—he took a beating.
Patrick Ewing, New York Knicks
In the playoffs, Patrick Ewing and the Knicks faced off five times against Jordan’s Bulls. No matter how much they practiced and prepared, the Knicks could not beat the Bulls whenever MJ was in the lineup. Up until that day, Patrick Ewing was still affected by the loss of Jordan. In one of his most recent interviews, he mentioned that he did not want to watch ESPN’s documentary on Michael Jordan and the Bulls. He was saying, “I had to live through all of the battles that we had to go through, and now you all have a documentary that you have to keep rubbing it in my face.”The two NBA superstars became close personal friends but still clashed on the court during their epic battles.
Xavier McDaniel, New York Knicks
It was known that Jordan was tough with his teammates, but he still had their backs. Whenever he deemed it necessary, he might stick up for them. Xavier McDaniel of the New York Knicks roughed up Scottie Pippen in Game 4 of the 1992 playoff series. Jordan took part in Game 5, and Jordan had his teammate’s back when Xavier targeted Scottie again. During a television timeout, he clashed with McDaniel. On top of that series, Michael Jordan and the Bulls came out.
Clyde Drexler, Portland Trail Blazers
Although it was not Clyde Drexler’s fault to finish second in the 1992 MVP vote to Jordan, Michael Jordan was on a personal mission to destroy Clyde Drexler just because he came second and even won 12 first-place votes. Just a good year for Clyde Drexler. But when the two guards came together for the 1992 Finals, MJ was there for the kill. It felt like watching, according to Drexler’s teammate, Danny Ange, “an assassin who comes to kill you, then cut your heart out.”
Charles Barkley, Phoenix Suns
As friends turn to enemies, it might be considered a sad and unfortunate story. Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan played 48 holes the night before Game 4 of the 1993 NBA Finals to exhaust Barkley. There was a rumor that floated around. Barkley denied this rumor, but because the Bulls took a 3-1 series lead, there may be some truth to it. These frenemies had fallen out, and with the Charlotte Hornets, Charles Barkley even criticized MJ’s ownership failures.
Danny Ainge, Phoenix Suns
Up until the 1993 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan and Danny Ainge used to be close friends. Danny guarded Michael, and Ainge held an elbow to his face. MJ believed Ainge was turning it into a big deal. Danny grabbed the ball from the hands of MJ, while Jordan stuck a finger in the face of Ange. Technical fouls were given to both players, while Ainge was even given a personal foul. Jordan said, as per Ainge, “Quit fooling me.” To which Ainge replied with, “Yes, your highness.”However, Michael Jordan had the last laugh because, at 6, the Bulls won.
John Starks, New York Knicks
The New York Knicks were the Bulls’ primary Eastern Conference competitors for the years 1991-1996. Both teams knew a great deal about each other. As he struggled with MJ and the Bulls, John Starks had his highs and lows, but he always came in prepared. One of the most contentious ones was the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. With a dunk, John Starks ended Game 2, while Michael Jordan returned for Game 3. MJ hit John with an elbow and swatted back at the other guy. Soon, there was a shoving match, and Starks repeatedly screamed, “You wanna go, Mike?”
Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
Gary Payton was one of the most legendary trash speakers in the league, even during his days as a newbie. In one of the Seattle SuperSonics preseason games, Michael Jordan quickly got tired of the rookie’s trash-talking to the point where he screamed, “Leave the f—ing rookie, to me.” The annoyance of Jordan did not go unnoticed, and when Phil Jackson sensed the irritation of MJ, he called Michael Jordan, who lit up Payton, for a few plays in a row. This competition was even carried through to the 1996 NBA Finals. During a TV timeout, the two basketball players went face-to-face at mid-court halfway through Game 2. These players went as far as shouting at each other, and it was necessary to involve their teammates. MJ had the final laugh, as usual.
Reggie Miller, Indiana Pacers
The annoyance of Jordan did not go unnoticed, and when Phil Jackson sensed the irritation of MJ, he called Michael Jordan, who lit up Payton, for a few plays in a row. This competition was even carried through to the 1996 NBA Finals. During a TV timeout, the two basketball players went face-to-face at mid-court halfway through Game 2. These players went as far as shouting at each other, and it was necessary to involve their teammates. MJ had the final laugh, as usual. “Reggie drives me nuts. It’s like chicken-fighting with a woman. It irritates me.”
Kwame Brown, Washington Wizards
It was challenging enough to be a teammate of Michael Jordan, so how much more to be drafted into the team. The once 18-year old Kwame Brown faced this kind of situation straight out of high school. He said the practice sessions had been brutal. Michael Jordan tried to get the freshie under his wing, but he knew that he didn’t have the same drive as Kwame Brown. With his verbal insults, he constantly bullied Kwame Brown to tears. During practice, MJ always humiliated the youngster while he scored at will and mocked Brown.
Jerry Krause, Chicago Bulls
The dispute between Jordan and the Bull general manager began when Jordan broke his foot during his second year. Jerry Krause tried to persuade Michael Jordan to sit out for the remainder of the season to ensure that Bulls would get a higher pick, but he disagreed with the competitive drive manager within Michael. The two steadily fell out of draft decisions and movements of players such as a trading friend of Jordan, Charles Oakley. After the ’98 Finals, Jerry Krause’s decision to replace Phil Jackson with Tim Floyd was the last straw for Michael Jordan and was the primary reason why Michael Jordan chose to retire. Jordan said in 1999, “One thing is for sure, money won’t keep me in the game.” This was perceived as a direct shot at Krause.
Everyone Else In His Hall of Fame Speech
Especially when handing the microphone to a former basketball player, no one could foresee what would happen during a Hall of Fame speech. Michael Jordan’s speech was filled with shots at individuals he held grudges at all stages of his career. Thomas, Johnson, and Gervin were included in the list. He even mentioned the kid who got the final high-school varsity spot. He included his college roommate, who won instead of Michael Jordan, the North Carolina Player of the Year. Michael fired Pat Riley, Jeff Van Gundy, and even the Hall of Fame.
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Most of us knew that since Michael Jordan, LeBron James would be the biggest basketball player, but Kobe Bryant would be the one who often compared MJ to him. Both players had a competitive spirit that, with their teammates, led to greatness and run-ins. MJ, though, did not care. MJ told Bryan during his last season with the Wizards that he was able to wear his shoes but “never fill them.” These were hurtful words that have been idolized by Kobe Bryant since he was a young person. Kobe did his typical Mamba fashion in response to this and dropped 55 points the next time the two teams played against one another.
Barack Obama, President of the United States
Michael Jordan somehow had a feud with President Barack Obama, one of the most incredible living American icons and fellow Chicago icons. When MJ was asked about playing golf with the President, it started a few years back. MJ said that “He’s a hack. Man, it would be all day playing with him. He’s a sh—ty golfer.” Obama replied, “If I was playing (golf) twice a day for the last 15 years, then that might not be the case. He might want to spend more time thinking about the Bobcats, or the Hornets.” the two seemed to have buried this in the hatchet but attempted to figure out what the game of golf would be like.
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers
Jordan has a great deal of respect for Magic Johnson, and the two are very good friends to this day. However, there is footage from the “Dream Team” days of 1992 where Jordan is seen talking about trash. Michael tells magic, “it’s the ’90s now.” Noting that the era of Johnson is somewhat over now.
Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
In 1997, Malone was the MVP, and the rivals behind what is known as the “Flu Game” that defined Michael’s legacy were his team. The Bulls were put to work by Karl alone, known as the Mailman, which, of course, set him up as a competition for Michael. We know by now how Michael handles something that might be better than him or jeopardizes him as the best.
John Stockton, Utah Jazz
It is widely said and disseminated that Stockton deserved better from the document series. John Stockton is an era farmer’s hall and was not only in position and strengths but also in style and behavior, the complete opposite of Jordan. Of course, Jordan got up on the court in Stockton’s face, but what is unknown is how Stocktonscoired a three-pointer moment before the infamous “Last Shot.” of Jordan.
Spike Lee, New York Knicks
Spike Lee was always courtside and a real talker of smack. The two collaborated on a Nike commercial, but Lee was a Knicks fan, which certainly angered Jordan at times. However, even asking Michael for a pair of his shoes and Michael giving them to his post game, the pair managed to maintain a close relationship in person with Lee.
Robert Parish, Boston Celtics
Robert Parish, also known as “The Chief,” was immediately challenged by Michael Jordan upon joining the Bulls. Parish messed with a playa and found Jordan jawing at him away. ‘I told him, I’m not as enamored with you as these other guys,’ Parish recalls. I also have some rings,’ Parish recalled. He told me at that point, “I’m going to kick your ass.” I took a step closer and said, “No, you aren’t.” He didn’t bother me after that.
Muggsy Bogues, Charlotte Hornets
In the Bulls’ 1995 first-round battle against the Charlotte Hornets, Jordan did not hesitate. The game’s biggest play was going down where Muggsy had the ball, and the Hornets had one down. Jordan backed away and swore to Muggsy to take the shot, calling him a “midget.” He missed, and Muggsy believes that what ruined his career was a single shot.
Cheating An Old Lady At Cards
Another instance of a competitive Michael being Michael. he was invited to UNC teammate Buzz Peterson’s home where he played cards with Peterson’s mother. No money was on offer, and when his mom went to the bathroom, Peterson caught Michael cheating. At all costs, Michael wished to win!
The Golf Game That Was Forced
Michael Jordan was kicked out of a country club at a country club in Miami because the dress code rules were not followed. He supposedly scoffed when he was asked to change and responded incredibly arrogantly. When his public relations team released a statement, they ended with, “I guess it’s their loss because MJ is a great golfer and a great guest.”
When Chamillionaire had the chance to ask Jordan for a photo, Jordan just brushed it off but then turned around and said, “You know what, I tell you what, you pay $15,000 right now for a jersey from me, and I’ll take a picture with you.” Well, Chamillionaire lost the vision of his childhood hero that day.