‘Michael Went Crack’: Rex Chapman Recalls How Michael Jordan Took Revenge After Blowout Defeat

Published 03/16/2021, 3:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Back in 1995-96, the Chicago Bulls were labeled, undoubtedly, as the best team in the league. In fact, they angered other teams because it looked like they were unbeatable. That season, only nine teams could defeat the Michael Jordan-led Bulls. From New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Seattle Supersonics, one was also the Miami Heat.

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To date, the short-handed Miami Heat winning against them feels unreal. But Rex Chapman dropped 39 points for the Heat, and because it was against Jordan, it is considered one of the best performances of his career.

Rex Chapman recalls that night against Michael Jordan

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In an interview with Chapman, he stated, “It was a lucky game. We had eight players and were in the middle of a trade. We didn’t have a full complement of players.”

Rex then revealed what the Chicago Bulls were doing in Miami the night before the game. “They were in Miami out all night on south beach and I know they were because I was with right there with them,” Chapman confessed. “They thought that they had a night off and I went in and I just caught fire and we beat them. That was the year they went 72-10. If not for that, they would have gone 73-9.”

However, the next time they went up against the Bulls, Rex had to face the competitive side of Jordan. “Jump Ball… two weeks later, ball goes in the air, and Michael went CRACK! and got me right in the sternum with an elbow. And I went, ‘Oh f***! It’s going to be like that tonight, I guess’ and it was exactly like that tonight. He got like 40 in three quarters and I went 3 for 13 for 13 points.”

INGLEWOOD, CA- JUNE 12: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during Game Five of the 1991 NBA Finals on June 12, 1991 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1991 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Bulls’ legend hates losing

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This goes to show that when teammates and rivals discuss Jordan’s competitive nature, this is exactly what they are referring to. However, Chapman revealed that Jordan also gave him a hug after the game.

Now it’s easier to understand how Jordan achieved everything he did in his time at the NBA. Over the years, several players have tried to emulate his ways, but there is, and always will be, only one Michael Jordan.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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