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Michael Jordan was god-like figure to young Shaquille O’Neal

NBA, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O’Neal is arguably the most dominant player in NBA history, but even he was scared of Michael Jordan when he first got to the league.

Shaq says he was terrified of Jordan because MJ was like a god to him:

Eventually, O’Neal mustered up the courage to compete against Jordan in the NBA. Shaq and the Orlando Magic defeated MJ and the Chicago Bulls in the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

However, Jordan and the Bulls got their revenge on O’Neal and the Magic in the ’96 playoffs. Chicago swept Orlando in the Eastern Conference Finals and wound up winning the NBA title over the Seattle SuperSonics, capping off their 72-10 season.

“The Last Dance,” the 10-part ESPN documentary series on Jordan and the Bulls, will be released on Sunday, April 19. The documentary was scheduled to be released in June, but ESPN moved it up since there are no sports on at the moment due to COVID-19.

Jordan finished his NBA career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists with the Bulls and Washington Wizards. MJ was a 14-time All-Star, three-time steals champion, 11-time All-NBA member, five-time regular-season MVP, 10-time scoring champion, three-time All-Star Game MVP, six-time NBA champion and one-time Defensive Player of the Year winner.

Jordan won all six Finals MVPs during the Bulls’ dynasty in the ’90s.