Michael Jordan’s reputation as a bully and badass in the NBA is well known and is often seen as a key part of what made him one of the greatest, if not the greatest, player in the game. all the time.
Muggsy Bogues, on SHOWTIME Basketball’s “All The Smoke,” backed up his reputation and spoke about his relationship with Jordan on the court, saying:
“MJ, he’s always liked fucking with me. It’s just who we are.
“When we come into contact, even with the court to this day, walking around, he’ll raise his hand to try and get me to give me a high-five and I’ll put my hand low, you get down and give me a low-five So we just complete against each other.
Muggsy has dismissed the well-known claim that Michael Jordan once taunted him, saying, “Kill him, you fucking shit!” which would have resulted in the end of Bogues’ career. Bug said:
“You know M, man, especially when we’re playing a game. It was stuff on the internet where they said he called me a mi** and, which isn’t true. He always called Lil Fella , lil a** and that short stuff.”
He then explained how he once blocked one of Michael Jordan’s jumps:
“That particular moment, I’m looking him straight in the eye and taking the shit out of him and then all of a sudden he’s trying to hold me up and all of a sudden he’s been trying to turn around pulling on his little sweater.
“I hit him but they called an illegal defense on someone because he crossed the line, but I still fuck with that, you know that was a robbery.”
At five-foot-three, Muggsy Bogues was the shortest player to ever play in the NBA.
The Last Dance contributed a lot to Michael Jordan’s reputation as one of the fiercest competitors in all of sports
If it hadn’t been for the award-winning 10-episode Netflix miniseries “The Last Dance,” the general public would never have been aware of the level of near-madness Michael Jordan was pursuing to be a champion and three towers. . twice. A famous quote of him from the documentary read:
“I took that personally.”
It became a hallmark of why many, including his own former teammates, view Jordan as a bully who crossed boundaries and pushed buttons on people around him however he saw fit to win a title. .
Needless to say, as questionable as his methods were, they worked.
Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls won a total of six NBA titles from 1991 to 1998. On each occasion Jordan was the Finals MVP, and for four of the six seasons they won he was also the MVP of the regular season.