Xavier McDaniel, New York Knicks
Jordan may have been tough on his teammates, but he could stick up for his own when the occasion called for it. After Xavier McDaniel of the New York Knicks roughed up Scottie Pippen in Game 4 of their 1992 playoff series, Jordan took action in Game 5.
When McDaniel started after Pippen again, Jordan intervened. During a television timeout, he went head to head with McDaniel and told him exactly what he thought about him. Jordan then went on to a game-high 37 points and the Bulls came out on top.