Whether you loved or hated Michael Jordan, there's one thing nobody could deny: he was a cold-blooded assassin who would do whatever it took to win.
That's why he's considered the best ever, so here are the six most cold-blooded moments of MJ's career.
6. Beating Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in One-on-One
Prior to the 2013 NBA Rising Stars challenge, MJ and MKG squared off to play one-on-one. Remember, Jordan was 49 years old at this point. According to Kidd-Gilchrist, "He did play me 1-on-1 one time, and it was hard for me … I lost. I lost to a 50-year-old guy. That’s my boss, though. He’s the best player to play the game.”
5. Eyes Closed Free Throw
In a game against the Denver Nuggets, Jordan got fouled with 3.5 seconds left. He and Dikembe Mutombo started jawing at each other, prompting Jordan to shoot a free throw with his eyes closed.
Nobody should be surprised he made it.
4. Ravaging Rodney McCray
In 1992, Rodney McCray joined the Bulls hoping to make an impact, and helped them win a championship by coming off the bench. Jordan brutalized him all season in practice. One teammate said, Jordan exclaimed, "You’re a loser! You’ve always been a loser!" That teammate also noted that "Rodney can hardly put up a jumper now," after the harsh trash talk.
3. Punching Steve Kerr in Practice
After the last story, one might think that a skinny white kid who only shot threes wouldn't earn the respect of His Airness, but Steve Kerr did.
According to Kerr, he talked back to Jordan in training camp and "he punched me in the face…it was one of the best things that ever happened for me. I needed to stand up and go back at him. I think I earned some respect."
Maybe that's what you need to do for MJ to give you the last shot in the NBA Finals.
2. Flu Game
Before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, MJ woke up and was barely able to get out of bed. Despite being dehydrated, exhausted, and barely able to walk during timeouts, Jordan willed himself to 38 points to bring the Bulls to a 3-2 lead in the series.
He may have been psychotic, but nobody knew how to put their mind over matter more than Jordan.
1. Dunks on John Stockton and Mel Turpin
In what is unquestionably the coldest story from MJ's career, Jordan went down and dunked on the 6-foot-1 John Stockton in a game against Utah, prompting a courtside fan to tell him to pick on someone his own size.
The next trip down the floor, Jordan dunked on 6-foot-11 Mel Turpin, and yelled back "Is he big enough?"
Ice in his veins.