Michael Jordan had different ways when it came to treating his teammates. Most of the time, he demanded the best out of them by being a stern and sometimes unforgivable leader, but he also knew the importance of unity, team bonding, and lightening up the mood in the locker room now and then.
Jordan often found the balance of when to crack jokes with his teammates but also pushed them to be as great as he was. Jordan's former teammates have attested to this, and one story from Scott Williams, in particular, perfectly depicts how MJ was as a teammate.
When MJ brutally roasted Williams
During their time together in Chicago (where they won 3 championships together), Williams said he experienced two sides of Jordan as a teammate. One time, the 6-time champion roasted Williams for walking into the locker room wearing a holey sweater that he didn't like. Jordan nitpicked the sweater's design in front of the Bulls locker room and staff.
"That was one side of him. He'd get on you. I remember having a holey sweater one day and he said, 'I could play 18 holes on your sweater. Nine holes on the front, nine holes on the back.' Just embarrass you in front of the team and stuff like that. But that was MJ." Scott Williams said in his appearance on the Sixers Talk podcast.
The positive side of MJ
But Jordan also had wholesome moments where he would make his teammates feel comfortable and appreciated. Williams also recalled that time when MJ invited him to his house for dinner to hang out, watch basketball, play pool and get to know each other.
"The same cat would call me up my first year in the league and say, 'Hey Scottie, Juanita's cooking dinner. Come on over. We're gonna break some bread, have a few beers. Watch the basketball game on TV and shoot pool.' So that was the other side of it. There was a double-edged sword to that, and everyone's got their own little stories," Williams added.
The double-edged sword that Jordan was as a teammate is quite typical for most superstars, especially the ones that choose to be a loud voice in the locker room. Williams's stories about how Jordan was as a teammate aren't surprising because that sure sounds like MJ's personality. He had moments with his teammates and knew how to lead and help foster a light locker room on top of demanding excellence from all of them.