Rockets Legend Issues Stern Warning to Michael Jordan After He Accuses Him Of “Cheating”

Published 08/01/2022, 2:30 PM EDT
Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan pauses in the third quarter in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Seattle SuperSonics Friday, June 14, 1996 in Seattle. The Sonics beat the Bulls, 89-78. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser)

The Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan is widely regarded as one of the biggest dynasties in the NBA. The team dominated the league for an entire decade and won 6 NBA titles in the process. However, they were not invincible.

Certain teams managed to get the better of them on multiple occasions. For instance, the Detroit Pistons and the Houston Rockets. While the Pistons had stars like Isiah Thomas, the Rockets had one of the best centers ever, Hakeem Olajuwon.

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Interestingly enough, during a recent interview, a former Rockets star went all out to bash MJ. Vernon Maxwell was an integral part of the Rockets lineup and he faced off against Michael on multiple occasions.

Maxwell said, “You know, Mike like to do all that, help, cheating, and all that sh*t. I’m gonna be cutting his damn head open too with the damn threes. You better stay out here buddy.

Interestingly enough, Maxwell has made similar comments regarding Michael Jordan in the past as well. He once famously talked about how he isn’t intimated while playing against MJ, unlike others.

Maxwell said,I loved going up against Mike. He was the best. There is no disputing that. But unlike most people who went up against him, I wasn’t going to allow myself to be intimidated.” While Jordan temporarily retired from the league, Maxwell and the Rockets lifted the NBA title for the 1993-94 season.

Did Michael Jordan play well against the Rockets?

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The Chicago Bulls and the Houston Rockets share a very old rivalry that has given countless moments for the fans to cherish. Michael Jordan in particular enjoyed his time against the Rockets.

HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 30: Robert Horry #25 of the Houston Rockets and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls fight for position during the game on January 30, 1996 at The Summit in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

He averages 30.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in 26 games against Houston spanning his time in the NBA. Despite his incredible numbers, Jordan has a 12-14 record against the Rockets.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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