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  • Jordan And Scottie Pippen Had A Birthday Dance-Off on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#20) Jordan And Scottie Pippen Had A Birthday Dance-Off

    Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen might have had a dance off to a Trey Songz and Fabolous song at Pippen's 47th birthday bash in 2012. According to the New York Post: 

    "Michael Jordan surprised his former teammate Scottie Pippen for Pippen’s 47th birthday party Monday night. Pippen’s wife, Larsa, planned the secret bash at Chicago hot spot Sunda. Sources told us the fun night ended with a dance-off between Jordan and Pippen to the Trey Songz and Fabolous song,  'Say Ahh.'"

    While there doesn't appear to be any video evidence of this, we do have video of Jordan and Pippen, along with a few other Bulls, dancing to Kool Moe Dee's "How You Like Me Now." The video was shown during halftime of a Bulls-Knicks game in April 1988 and popped up again years later during an Oprah Winfrey interview with Jordan.

  • Jordan Was Notoriously Mean To Certain Teammates, But Claims That Was Purely To Help 'Toughen' Them Up on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#5) Jordan Was Notoriously Mean To Certain Teammates, But Claims That Was Purely To Help 'Toughen' Them Up

    One reason Jordan feared viewers of The Last Dance would think he's "a horrible guy" is because of how he treated Scott Burrell. Prior to the April 2020 premiere of the documentary he told The Athletic, "The reason why I was treating him like that is because I needed him to be tough in the playoffs and we're facing the Indianas and Miamis and New Yorks in the Eastern Conference. He needed to be tough and I needed to know that I could count on him."

    When Burrell went on ESPN's Get Up in May 2020, he stated, "People consider it bullying what Michael did. I think it was just challenging people to be the best person they can be." But he admitted that he didn't think Jordan's tactics would work in the current NBA.

    Burrell wasn't the only teammate who Jordan claimed he singled out in an attempt to motivate the other player to prove to Jordan that the superstar would be able to count on him in a big moment. Jordan and Steve Kerr got into a fight in practice that resulted in Jordan giving Kerr a black eye after Kerr hit him in the chest. Currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors but back then a reserve sharp-shooting guard for the Bulls, Kerr told NBA on TNT that the 1995 training camp incident improved the relationship between himself and Jordan. “I feel like I passed the test and he trusted me more afterwards.”

    Jordan also believed the incident with Kerr was beneficial. He is quoted in Phil Jackson's book Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success as saying, "It made me look at myself, and say, ‘You know what? You’re really being an idiot about this whole process [of trusting his teammates].'" 

    According to Robert Parish, he was another Jordan target. The future Hall of Fame center joined the Bulls for his final season in the NBA. When Parish messed up a drill during training camp allegedly warned him not to get it wrong again. “I told him, ‘I’m not as enamored with you as these other guys. I’ve got some rings too,’” Parish recalled to Essentially Sports. “At that point he told me, ‘I’m going to kick your a**.’ I took one step closer and said, ‘No, you really aren’t.’ After that he didn’t bother me.”

  • Jordan Taunted Dikembe Mutombo By Hitting A Free Throw With His Eyes Closed on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#19) Jordan Taunted Dikembe Mutombo By Hitting A Free Throw With His Eyes Closed

    Dikembe Mutombo is best remembered a great shot blocker, and for the finger wag that he liked to break out after stopping an opponent from scoring on him. According to Mutombo, it took Jordan seven years before he was successful in dunking on the big man. But the Bulls' star was able to get to him in other ways. Early in the center's rookie season, Jordan dropped 37 points in a game against Mutombo's Denver Nuggets. The last of those points came on a free throw that Jordan took with his eyes shut, telling Mutombo that although he hadn't dunked on him, "I'm giving you this."

  • Jordan Hates Isiah Thomas, But Claims He Didn't Keep Thomas Off The Olympic 'Dream Team' on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#12) Jordan Hates Isiah Thomas, But Claims He Didn't Keep Thomas Off The Olympic 'Dream Team'

    It's no secret that there is a long-running feud between Jordan and Isiah Thomas. In The Last Dance documentary, Jordan openly admitted that he hates the Hall of Fame guard, even as he called him the second best point guard in NBA history. The documentary has reignited the feud and caused the question of whether Jordan was responsible for Thomas being left off the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team (the "Dream Team").

    It's not clear what started the feud. Some point to a theory that Thomas conspired to freeze the rookie Jordan out in the 1985 All-Star Game - an allegation that Thomas has denied. Others suggest that Thomas - a native of Chicago - was jealous that Jordan had come along and become a superstar in that city. Then there's the fact that Thomas and his Detroit Pistons' teammates were the roadblock standing in Jordan's path to the NBA Finals - Detroit defeated the Bulls in three straight playoff meetings between 1987-88 and 1989-90, going on to win the NBA championship in the latter two seasons.

    When Chicago finally broke through and swept Detroit in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons left the floor before the final buzzer sounded, refusing to congratulate the victors. Jordan was among the Bulls' players who considered that a classless act, and he still holds that event against Thomas, “There’s no way,” Jordan said, “you can convince me he wasn’t an a–hole.”

    In The Last Dance, Jordan denied that had any influence in the decision to leave Thomas off the "Dream Team" roster. “You want to attribute it to me, go ahead and be my guest. But it wasn’t me.” And Jordan wasn't the only other NBA star who allegedly didn't particularly want the Pistons' guard on the team. But Jordan's denial contradicts a quote in Jack McCallum's book Dream Team in which the Bulls' superstar allegedly told Rod Thorn [who was responsible for assembling the roster], "Rod, I don't want to play if Isiah is on the tea.,"

  • Jordan Believes His Infamous 'Flu Game' Was Actually Caused By Poisoned Pizza - But The Pizza Maker Denies This on Random Wild Stories And Rumors About Michael Jordan

    (#1) Jordan Believes His Infamous 'Flu Game' Was Actually Caused By Poisoned Pizza - But The Pizza Maker Denies This

    One of Jordan's famous performances was when, despite feeling sick, he had 38 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the Bulls' 90-88 win over the Utah Jazz  in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. It was referred to as the "flu game," but instead of influenza, the cause of the superstar's illness may have been pizza.

    Around 10:30 p.m. on the night prior to Game 5, Jordan was hanging out with his personal assistant George Koehler and his trainer Tim Grover when he arranged for a local Pizza Hut to deliver a pepperoni pizza to be delivered to his hotel room. But that's where the accounts of the night's events start to differ. Tim Grover claimed that five Pizza Hut employees showed up at the hotel room, all trying to get a look at Jordan.  

    “I take the pizza. I pay them. I put this pizza down. I say, 'I've got a bad feeling about this pizza.’” On Barstool Sports' Pardon My Take podcast, the trainer said he was sure the food gave Jordan food poisoning, recounting,  " ... Nobody ate the pizza but him [Jordan]. Nobody. And there were no signs of flu, anything, being sick before that. Then, about 3 o' clock in the morning, I get a call to my room that just says, 'Hey, man, come to MJ's room' and he's literally curled up in the fetal position. ... I've not known any flu that can hit you that fast, but I know how quickly food poisoning can hit you."

    In Episode 9 of The Last Dance documentary, Jordan himself said he believed he had food poisoning, not the flu, and hinted that the pizza may have been deliberately tampered with by someone at Pizza Hut  - the insinuation being that the employees were fans of the hometown Jazz team and hoped that if Jordan got ill, Utah would have a better chance of winning the contest.

    But just days after this episode aired on ESPN, the man who claims to have made the pizza in question denied that the food had been poisoned. Ironically, Craig Fite was a Bulls' fan - the only Bulls' fan who worked at the Pizza Hut at the time. He told The Big Show podcast that when the order was called in, "I remember saying 'I'm doing it, I will make the pizza because I don't want anyone of you doing anything to it.'" 

    Fite told 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City that he had taken extra precautions in making the pizza to make sure it was safe to eat.  “I'm 100 percent certain it wasn't food poisoning. Or, it sure as heck wasn't that pizza.” He also disputed Grover's account of how many Pizza Hut employees showed up at the hotel room. "The crap story the guy said, that there was five people, there was two of us — and I didn't even have that many people working at the time at the store — but there was two of us," Fite said. He said he asked at the door if he could say hello to Jordan, and that Jordan waved to him from the room.

    So if the pizza wasn't poisoned and Jordan didn't have the flu, how did he get sick? Jason Hehir, the director of The Last Dance, provided an possible explanation when he told ESPN's  Jalen and Jacoby that Jordan had spit on the pizza - a tactic he had used in the past to keep others from eating his food.

    Yet another rumor is that Jordan was simply hung over after having spent the night in Vegas - or at Robert Redford's home.

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    (#9) Jordan Claims His "Republicans Buy Sneakers, Too" Comment Was A Joke Taken Out Of Context

    Jordan has been reluctant to speak out on social issues or endorse political candidates since he became a public figure, perhaps as part of his effort to sell as many Air Jordans as possible. When asked why he wouldn't endorse Black Democratic candidate Harvey Gantt in a 1990 North Carolina Senate race against Republican Jesse Helms, Jordan quipped, "Republicans buy sneakers, too."

    In Episode 5 of the 2020 documentary The Last Dance, Jordan explained that he had made the joking comment to Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant on the Bulls' team bus.  "It was thrown off the cuff. My mother asked to do a PSA for Harvey Gantt, and I said, 'Look, Mom, I'm not speaking out of pocket about someone that I don't know. But I will send a contribution to support him.' Which is what I did." He added, "I do commend Muhammad Ali for standing up for what he believed in. But I never thought of myself as an activist. I thought of myself as a basketball player."

    Gantt lost the election to Helms by just over 100,000 votes. In May 2020, Gantt told Time magazine that he didn't begrudge Jordan's decision not to endorse him.  “He was trying to build a brand,” says Gantt. “And I suppose he wasn’t as reflective on the implications of what people were asking him to do.” While Gantt would have welcomed Jordan’s support, he holds no grudges. “My supporters were very strong, very fervent people,” he says. “You had to want to be in this campaign. We had folks from all over the country. And I would feel terrible if he felt obligated to have done something that he didn’t want to do. So no harm, no foul.”

    In an exception to his usual neutral political stance, Jordan penned an eloquent, lengthy letter in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016. It begins:

    As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and a Black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all too well.

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Michael Jordan is the most legendary American professional basketball player, as a shooting guard, his nickname is Air Jordan. In the 1984 NBA Draft, he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the third round of the 1984 NBA Draft. He played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards in his career and led the Chicago Bulls to win 3 NBA championships. In 1996, Michael Jordan was selected as the NBA 50 Superstar.

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