“Publicly embarrassed him” Michael Jordan almost got both his legs broken by former Bulls teammate

“Publicly embarrassed him” Michael Jordan almost got both his legs broken by former Bulls teammate

Bill Cartwright and Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is without a doubt one of the best NBA players to ever exist. He was not without fault, though, as MJ had his fair share of haters, most of whom hated him for his attitude. We all knew Jordan was a fiercely competitive individual, but Bill Cartwright has seen Michael at his most worst as he was claimed to be a toxic teammate who would go to any lengths to get things done. Few players can say that Michael didn’t defeat them on the court, and throughout the course of 15 seasons, Jordan put up a number of standout performances against everyone he faced.


Jordan’s tendency for treating some of his teammates harshly was one of the causes of his bad attitude. In one such incident, Jordan embarrassed Bill Cartwright, a veteran NBA player. Unlike most people, Cartwright did not take the disrespect lying down; instead, he warned Michael Jordan strongly. Jordan was a fantastic athlete with unmatched grit and perseverance and  only a legendary few possess a work ethic and competitiveness like his. He was a terrific winner who contributed to the NBA becoming a global brand, but he was not flawless.

Michael Jordan, the greatest athlete of all time!

Michael Jordan is regarded as one of the best basketball players of all time. Jordan created the NBA superstardom as a fantastic athlete with a special mix of technical ability, ease, speed, power, artistry, improvisation talent, and an unquenchable competitive desire. He is most known for the following list of achievements: Rookie of the Year, five-time NBA MVP, six-time NBA champion, MVP of the NBA Finals, 11 All-NBA selections, nine NBA All-Defensive selections, defensive player of the year, 14-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA All-Star MVP, selection to the 50th and 75th Anniversary All-Time Teams, ten scoring titles, retiring with an average of 30 points per game, and induction into the Hall of Fame.

It’s not even funny how much Michael Jordan loves to win. The fact that MJ has a ferocious personality and consistently appears to win over others in all situations contributes to his status as the GOAT. This holds true for everything, including his early basketball career, his intense competition, and even basic golf putts. But it’s quite another to always have that killing mentality on, with MJ looking for every chance to undermine a fellow player.


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Bill Cartwright’s stern warning to His Airness

Even when coach Doug Collins called a play involving Cartwright, Jordan showed little regard for the veteran and instructed his teammates to keep the ball away from the veteran in important late-game situations. Michael Jordan resorted to embarrassing Cartwright in front of the team when they were in the locker room. Cartwright grabbed him aside and stated afterward that he had been so disrespectful. He said: “Look, if you ever do anything like that again, you will never play basketball again because I will break both of your legs.” Jordan started to tolerate Cartwright more when his mobility improved after surgery following the 1989–90 season.

Despite what appeared to be overwhelming disagreements, Jordan and Cartwright joined up to successfully complete the Bulls’ first three-peat. The fact that these two players ended up working well together was a reference to Phil Jackson’s approach to player management. When playing alongside Bill, MJ and Cartwright did not allow it affect their on-court performances. In 350 games, Jordan averaged 32.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.3 assists and  MJ continues by thanking Bill for his contribution to the Chicago Bulls.

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