Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time. He also just happens to be the greatest of all time at carrying a grudge. It takes an incredible amount of personal drive to get to the top of any field, and for Jordan, one of the things that fueled his drive was personal beefs, or disagreements.
In honor of His Airness we’ve put together a list of the greatest beefs Jordan had throughout his career, and even some he still carries with him today. Some are easy to understand and are a man to man issue. Some of them are perceived slights that drove Jordan crazy.
This is a list you have to read to fully understand the competitor Michael Jordan was. So, flip through the slides and see if you remember any of these. They helped make the man and the legend he is today.
The 1985 NBA All-Stars
The old guard of the NBA wasn’t too thrilled about this hotshot rookie, Michael Jordan, joining them for the 1985 NBA All-Star Game. Rumor has it that Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, and George Gervin colluded to freeze Jordan out of the game. The veterans agreed to guard each other loosely so they could rack up points, while they would lock Jordan down when he had the ball.
The effort worked as Jordan scored just seven points on 9 shots. The next time the Bulls played the Pistons, Jordan made up for it 49 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. Jordan’s rivalry with Thomas and the Pistons was officially on.