WATCH: Michael Jordan Elbowed a Fan to the Ground After he Challenged The GOAT

Published 10/29/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
DETROIT – APRIL 06: Michael Jordan is announced as a member of the 2009 Hall-of-Fame class at halftime of the Michigan State Spartans and the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship game at Ford Field on April 6, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


When the sentence ‘Greatest of all time’ is used in any NBA conversation? Who springs to your mind? and why? Is it merely because that player has won the most NBA championships? Is it because of the way he carried his team and was loyal to it for most of his career? Or his work ethic?

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Well, it seems like any player who gets that GOAT label should have all of these. And there is absolutely no doubt that if there is anyone whose competitive nature is mixed with all these qualities, it’s Michael Jordan.

It is Jordan’s thirst to win that helped the Chicago Bulls build a legacy, and helped him bag six NBA championships to his name. These aren’t the most any NBA player has ever won, but the way it all happened is what makes it iconic. Who else can say that they retired midway through their career after winning 3 consecutive titles, only to return and win three more in a row, again?

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29 Apr 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls in action against Jason Williams #55 of the New Jersey Nets during the NBA Playoffs round 3 game at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Bulls defeated the Nets 116-101.

Only Michael Jordan can. There have been many opponents who have had to face his wrath because of how much he longed to secure the victory. MJ would do anything and everything to win. He wouldn’t underestimate anyone and play his best, every single night. But did you know that Jordan didn’t change his mentality, even when he faced his fans?

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Michael Jordan does not spare his fans either

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Jordan’s skills and the brand that he has built of his name, have earned him fans all over the world. However, there are always a few who get cocky and believe that they can go against Jordan one on one. And everyone knows that MJ does not take any challenge lightly. Whether it is from the best player in the league or someone who has never played pro.

Unfortunately for this fan, he had to face Jordan’s brutal competitiveness while playing one-on-one with him during ‘Welcome to the NBA’. In this viral video, Jordan is not at all taking his opponent lightly. But is also toying with him. At one point, he even elbows the fan, who falls on the court.

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However, Jordan was also laughing throughout, mocking and trying to intimidate him, showing him who’s boss. This is the Jordan we all know, and it reminds everyone that he can’t be messed with. Not now, not then, not ever.

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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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