Michael Jordan Reveals When He Was No Longer ‘Intimidated’ By Shaq
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On the latest episode of the “Icons Club” basketball podcast, Michael Jordan revealed to Jackie MacMullan that he was a little intimidated by Shaquille O’Neal when he made his return to the league after baseball...

“When I came back from baseball, I don’t know if I’ve ever told anyone this, I’m playing against Shaq,” Jordan told MacMullan, via New York Post. “Shaq’s the biggest player I’ve ever seen, in terms of physicality. He was this big, massive guy when I came back from baseball, so I was somewhat intimidated.

“I didn’t really know how to play against him. Do I go right at him? Do I stop and pull up? Blah blah blah. So I went right at him and he just knocked me straight to the floor, and then he reached down to pick me up.”

“I said, ‘Naw, he didn’t mean it, he’s a nice guy.’ If he’d’ve left me, stepped over me, a la the old school, I would’ve been somewhat intimidated,” Jordan added. “But his heart is too good. He’s not that type of guy. It took away some of the intimidation factor.”
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75503Tiger27 months
You don’t repeat the three peat without being special. This guy was a trash taker to their faces and continues to be shamelessly blunt when telling his stories
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arcalades27 months
no way mj was intimidated. he's just bs'ing everyone. maybe intrigued, not intimidated
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guy4lsu27 months
Man MJ was kinda of a DBag. You dont have to say everything that comes to your mind.
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Timeoday27 months
Too bad more players did not knock him on his a$$. Jordan was the most protected player in the history of all sport.
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Shaq4prez27 months
you must be a big knicks guy.....or maybe just a crybaby?
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AllenTXTiger27 months
The NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL protects anyone who enhances the league. The just the way the world runs...
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Albino Potato27 months
45 MJ wasn’t MJ. We all know this.
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LSUtoBOOT27 months
This post made me think of Get Smart when agent 99, Max’s girlfriend, told a jealous Max, who was agent 86, that he was twice the man that agent 43 was.
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ThatTahoeOverThere27 months
Wouldn't Jordan be wearing 45 if it was after he came back from baseball?
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Fightin Okra27 months
He only wore 45 for 20 games or so, and Shaq was still in Orlando when MJ returned
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TigerLord202027 months
Yep wore that 45 and NBA made $ off the jersey sales then back to 23
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trux83LSU27 months
he changed back to 23 in that series didn't he.
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