When Michael Jordan Kept His Cool to Win Despite Being on The Receiving End of a Brutal Punch

Published 11/03/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Michael Jordan’s illustrious NBA career isn’t just full of championships, awards, and several other accomplishments, but also many interesting stories that keep resurfacing. Fans got most of the dirt from his time with the Chicago Bulls through the ‘Last Dance’. However, that documentary series did not cover everything. And it certainly did not talk about the fight Michael Jordan had with Danny Ferry.

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Unfortunately for Danny Ferry, he became a point of gossip during the 1992 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, and it was not because of his incredible performance but because of his act of impulse on Michael Jordan. He could have picked anyone, but no. He chose the man who doesn’t take anything lightly when he is on the court.

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.

It was all triggered when Michael Jordan slammed an unforgettable dunk on Ferry a year before their scuffle. Clearly, Danny remembered the embarrassment he had to face because of it. Instead of taking the high road and defeating MJ by winning the game, Ferry took the other route and resorted to violence.

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Michael Jordan got sucker-punched by Danny Ferry

In the 1992 playoffs, the Chicago Bulls and the Cleveland Cavaliers met in the Eastern Conference Finals. The series was tied at 2-2, and a win was vital at this point for both. Instead, the game became all about Ferry punching Jordan right in the face and even ended up getting ejected because of it.

Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

This only fueled MJ to give a 32-point performance that landed them the victory to take the lead in the series and eventually win it in six games. However, this did not end here either. Danny was fined $5000 for his actions and even commented on what transpired.

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He said, “What I did was a reaction to what happened to me. I had a short fuse and that was that. Whether the Bulls thought about revenge or anything, you have to ask them. But I’m not mad or anything.”

Jordan being who he is, even revealed that he had no hatred towards Ferry. But this is something that he will never forget. And if he did, he wouldn’t be 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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