Michael Jordan Still Despises This NBA Superstar Today

Michael Jordan Still Despises This NBA Superstar Today

2020/06/22

One of the many things that ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary makes clear is that Michael Jordan absolutely hated losing. The second night of the series’ five-night run made it even more clear that Jordan hated losing to the Pistons.

And above all, he hated Isiah Thomas, in victory and defeat.

The “Bad Boys” Pistons took center stage in episode 3 of “The Last Dance,” with players and press remembering the team that stifled Jordan and the Bulls for years. They were tough, they were mean and, in 1989 and 1990, they were champions.

Jordan wasn’t very happy about that.

Through the the Jordan Rules, the Bad Boys had a way of constantly pushing Jordan out of his comfort zone and onto the floor. Of course, those Pistons teams are now remembered as a key component of Jordan’s origin story, with “The Last Dance” showing the superstar’s maniacal offseason workouts to bulk up and physically break through that wall.







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1990: A close up of Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls as he stands holding the ball during the game. Mandatory Credit: Ken Levine /Allsport









5 Jun 1991: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls moves on the court during game two of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls defeated the Lakers 107-86. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport









BARCELONA, SPAIN - JULY 25: Basketball stars Michael Jordan (L) and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson clown for the media 25 July during a press conference for the U.S. Olympic 'Dream Team.' The team is strongly favored to win the gold. (Photo credit should read KARL MATHIS/AFP/Getty Images)









Former professional US basketball player Michael Jordan delivers a press conference at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on June 12, 2015 to present Palais 23, an event at the Palais de Tokyo from June 12 to 14 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jordan Brand. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 6: Retired Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan (L) holds his son Marcus 06 November 1993, as they watch the Bulls play the Miami Heat in their first home game of the season. Jordan received his 1992 World Championship ring before the game, which the Bulls lost 95-71. (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 7: American basketball star Michael Jordan takes batting practice 07 February 1994 with the Chicago White Sox in a bid to play with their baseball team. (Photo credit should read EUGENE GARCIA/AFP/Getty Images)









A CANDID PORTRAIT OF CHICAGO WHITE SOX OUTFIELDER MICHAEL JORDAN IN THE DUGOUT DURING A WHITE SOX SPRING TRAINING GAME. MANDATORY CREDIT: JONATHAN DANIEL/ALLSPORT US









INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19: Chicago Bulls basketball star Michael Jordan catches his breath early in the first quarter 19 March at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jordan is wearing a new number (45) with his old number (23) staying retired. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read JOHN RUTHROFF/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Basketball star Michael Jordan (C) of the Chicago Bulls (C) argues a foul call against him in the fourth quarter at the United Center in Chicago 24 March. Jordan was seven for 23 in his first game in Chicago since retiring 17 months ago. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)









MIAMI, FL - APRIL 17: Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan goes up for two points during 17 April NBA game against the Miami Heat in Miami. The Bulls defeated the Heat, 98-93. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)









Jan 1996: A portrait of Michael Jordan. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport









ATLANTA, GA - FEBRUARY 22: Chicago Bull Michael Jordan dunks in two of his thirty-four points during his NBA game 22 February against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta, Ga. The Bulls beat the Hawks 96-91.AFP PHOTO Doug COLLIER (Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP/Getty Images)









INGLEWOOD, UNITED STATES: Los Angeles Lakers Earvin 'Magic' Johnson (L) and Michael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls laugh with a reporter 02 February during their post-game press conference at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California. This was the second game after Johnson's return to the Lakers since he retired in November 1991 after contracting the virus that causes AIDS. The Bulls won 99-84. AFP PHOTO Tiziana SORGE (Photo credit should read TIZIANA SORGE/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan looks over his shoulder while sitting out the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks 28 March at the United Center in Chicago. Jordan and the Bulls coasted to a 111-80 victory to extend their home court NBA-record streak to 42 wins. (Photo credit should read BRIAN BAHR/AFP/Getty Images)









NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan (L) of the Chicago Bulls slam dunks the ball during game four of the NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals against the New York Knicks 12 May. Willie Anderson (R) of the Knicks follows the play. AFP PHOT0/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan guard for the Chicago Bulls questions an official's call in the first half of the Bulls first pre-season game against the Milwaukee Bucks 15 October at the United Center, in Chicago . AFP PHOTO/Vincent LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (L) looks to make a basket as Seattle SuperSonics guard Gary Payton (R) defends in the fourth quarter of the 18 March game at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Supersonics 89-87 in overtime. AFP Photo by Vincent LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls talks to reporters 02 June during a press conference after his morning workout at the United Center in Chicago Illinois. Jordan hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer in game one of the NBA Finals 01 June to beat the Utah Jazz. AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)









CHICAGO, UNITED STATES: Michael Jordan (L) and Scottie Pippen (R) of the Chicago Bulls talk during the final minutes of their game 22 May in the NBA Eastern Conference finals aainst the Miami Heat at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won the game 75-68 to lead the series 2-0. AFP PHOTO/VINCENT LAFORET (Photo credit should read VINCENT LAFORET/AFP/Getty Images)









25 May 1998: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls looks on during an Eastern Conference Final game against the Indiana Pacers at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Bulls 96-94.









CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 7: Michael Jordan (L) of the Chicago Bulls celebrates on the bench with teammates Ron Harper and Scottie Pippen 07 June at the end of game three of the NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, IL. The Bulls won the game 96-54 to lead the best-of-seven series 2-1. (Photo credit should read DANIEL LIPPITT/AFP/Getty Images)









WASHINGTON - NOVEMBER 3: Forward Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards looks at the scoreboard during the NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers at MCI Center in Washington, D.C. on November 3, 2001. The Wizards won 90-76. 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 (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)









405359 22: World Sports Academy member Michael Jordan presents an award at the Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony May 14, 2002 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by David Cannon/Laureus/Getty Images)









PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 16: A fan acknowledges Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards during the final NBA game of his career, played against the Philadelphia 76ers at First Union Center on March 30, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 107-87. 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 (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)









BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, UNITED STATES: (FILES) -- A file photo taken 19 September 2004 shows US team supporter and former NBA superstar Michael Jordan smoking a cigar as he watches the play during the singles matches at the 35th Ryder Cup Matches at the Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. Jordan will be in Paris 18 October 2006 as part of a European tour to promote his clothing and shoe line. AFP PHOTO / Donald Miralle / Getty Images **FOR NEWSPAPER AND TELEVISION USE ONLY** (Photo credit should read DONALD MIRALLE/AFP/Getty Images)









Milan, ITALY: Former NBA Chicago Bulls basketball player Michael Jordan speaks to young basketball players as he is in Milan to promote a new clothing line, 24 October 2006. Michael Jordan has added his voice to the impending retirement of Michael Schumacher. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)