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Michael Jordan ticked off by encounter with George Karl prior to Game 1 vs. Sonics

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In the 1996 NBA Finals, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls faced off against the Seattle SuperSonics. In Sunday’s episodes of “The Last Dance,” it was revealed that Jordan actually had a little bit more invested in this series from an emotional standpoint.

As a matter of fact, MJ was taking this series personally after then-Sonics head coach George Karl one snubbed him at a restaurant.

That’s one way to get on Michael Jordan’s bad side. The Hall of Famer discussed in the show how the incident transpired from his point-of-view, with reporter and Jordan’s friend Ahmad Rashad also chipping in on the narrative.

“He walks right past me,” Jordan said in the show, via Bill Difilippo of Uproxx. “And I look at Ahmad and I said, ‘Really? Oh so that’s how you’re gonna play it?’”

“He just kinda went by and I went, ‘Uh oh, should’ve never done that,’” Rashad said.

“I said it’s a crock of sh*t,” Jordan said. “We went to Carolina, we know Dean Smith, I seen him in the summer, we play golf. You’re gonna do this? Ok, fine. That’s all I needed. That’s all I needed, for him to do that, and it became personal.”

In hindsight, that turned out to be a mistake made by Karl. The Sonics put up a good fight in the Finals, but in the end, it was Chicago who emerged as the champs after six hard-fought games. It is clear that Karl’s earlier attempt to play some mind games on Jordan backfired, as the latter used this as motivation to ultimately defeat Seattle.