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Michael Jordan was the master of intimidation

Apr 19, 2010, 1:49 PM EST

NBA_jordan3_250.jpgYou’d like to think that by the time a guy became a professional basketball player, by the time he’d reached the pinnacle of the NBA, nothing with the game would really intimidate him. You’d like to think that, but you’d be wrong. There is always an alpha dog. Always an intimidator. Kevin Garnett still tries to do with his elbows.

But he’s no Michael Jordan. Not as Chris Webber told it on the Dan Patrick Show.

“One time we played in Washington. We played a five game series against the Bulls. It was the year they won 72 games. We lose all three games by a total of seven points. I saw Michael Jordan come into our locker room with a cigar, while it was lit, and said, ‘Who’s going to check me tonight?’ And we looked at Calbert Cheaney and we were laughing like little school kids knowing that Calbert Cheaney was going to get him, we knew it wasn’t a game for Mike. He was going to be there and he was going to be playing like he said. Game Three we get off the bus and Juwan (Howard) is from Chicago and used to workout there. I’ll never forget, Jordan was sitting on his Ferrari and Pippen was right there and they have a cigar lit. We get off the bus and we have to pass them with a lit cigar. You want to talk about posturing? Forget Phil Jackson. You got Michael Jordan there behind the scenes smoking a cigar before the game, letting us know that he’s the Red Auerbach before the game even started. It was almost like, ‘I lit the cigar. I’m celebrating already. This is just a formality, you guys getting on the court tonight.”

  1. Ray - Apr 19, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Love it (and love this site – keep up the great work).
    MJ is the ultimate alpha dog. His entire life revolves around competition. When he’s not whippin’ ass, he’s describing to you exactly HOW he’s going to whip your ass. He gets in your head before he gets at you on the court.
    I can never get enough old time stories about “the real MJ” – not the one created to sell shoes.

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