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Steve Nash admits ‘there was a real fear’ playing against Michael Jordan

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Hall of Famer Steve Nash says Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan is the only player he’s ever been scared of going up against in the NBA.

Nash, one of the best point guards in basketball history, spoke about Jordan on the latest episode of All The Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson:

“We didn’t have so much access back then to every single thing on Instagram, or YouTube, let alone watching games live so MJ was must-see TV…He just had this charisma on top of all the gifts and skills and mentally, you know how great he is,” Steve Nash said about Michael Jordan.

“Playing against him, the one thing that I think he was unlike any other player I’ve played against is that there was a real fear playing against him. I’ve never seen the league be kinda fearful of a player or have that much reverence for a player.”

Nash made his NBA debut in 1996 with the Phoenix Suns. Jordan and the Bulls won the ’97 and ’98 title over the Utah Jazz. So, Nash saw MJ win two rings in his first two years in the league.

Jordan and the Bulls won six rings during the ’90s, going 6-0 along the way. His Airness won all six Finals MVPs.

The Last Dance docuseries has been very entertaining to watch, more so than usual since there are no sports on right now due to COVID-19. The NBA suspended the season on March 11th after Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

Jordan is universally recognized as the best basketball player of all-time. After all, when you go undefeated in the Finals and win all six Finals MVPs, you have achieved G.O.A.T status.