WATCH: Frustrated Michael Jordan Smashed Competitor’s Head After Failing To Score

Published 10/24/2021, 12:30 PM EDT


NBA legend Michael Jordan frequently features in the greatest of all-time debates when referring to basketball. NBA fans are all too familiar with Jordan’s bedazzling talent and a relentless winning attitude. Rivals teams feared his ferocious drive with which he could constantly single-handedly win games. Hence, it is no surprise to fans when Michael Jordan expressed anger when the results did not go his way.

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One such incident that involves the Chicago Bulls legend venting out his frustration occurred in a game against the Indiana Pacers. The Pacers were leading the Bulls by ten points when Jordan successfully attempted a steal. As he steered his way to the opposite side of the court, Pacers player Mark Jackson tracked back with Jordan to defend. A fourteen-second clip of the event reveals the tension in the air during that play.

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As Jackson and Jordan bumped into each other, Jordan let his frustration out by throwing the ball at Jackson’s head. To his credit, Jackson did not retaliate with violence. He also held another teammate from stepping into an altercation with Jordan. ‘His Airness’ was penalized with a technical foul called on him and he was subject to audible boos from rival fans in the stadium.

These events transpired in the backdrop of a great rivalry between the Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls. Pacers guard Jackson was giving Michael Jordan a hard time while defending him on his end. Jordan reacted astonishingly with annoyance and indignation to a challenge by Jackson. However, if anything, the incident exhibits Jordan’s desire and drive to win a game at all costs.

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Michael Jordan’s legendary 1986 game against the Boston Celtics

Michael Jordan had several world-class performances for the Chicago Bulls. But one of his performances that stands out for NBA fans is his unexpected Game 2 performance at Boston Garden against an in-form Boston Celtics side. Celtics eventually won the NBA championships that season but got dominated by Jordan who scored what was then a record 63 points in a playoff game.

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In 54 minutes of double overtime play, Jordan scored 63 points with 22-41 shooting, six assists, five rebounds, three steals, two blocks, and four turnovers. Jordan managed this extraordinary feat against a dominant Celtics defense. It is an impressive achievement as the Bulls were considered underdogs, and it was only Jordan’s second NBA season.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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