"I drove through the streets plotting the man's murder" — When former Los Angeles Lakers forward Spencer Haywood almost killed head coach Paul Westhead
Hall of Fame legend Spencer Haywood talks us through the night he plotted to kill his head coach Paul Westhead.
"Here’s what happened with that" — Dan Dakich on the story that he vomited after learning Michael Jordan was his assignment
Dan Dakich spills the real reason why he vomited before he faced Michael Jordan and North Carolina.
“The Bulls complained all the time” — Kevin McHale reveals why the Detroit “Bad Boys” Pistons hated the Chicago Bulls
Unlike Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Kevin McHale believes the physicality the Bad Boy Pistons played with was valid and it made his Celtics even better.
“No one knew me until then” — Michael Jordan revealed the most satisfying time of his basketball career
Michael Jordan will never forget his time in North Carolina because of the pressure he had to conquer to make a name for himself.
“I did not shake Larry Bird’s hand for 13 years” — Dominique Wilkins reveals the truth about his rivalry with Larry Bird
Wilkins said that he and Larry never really had to talk or shake hands to let each other know that the respect was there.
“It was Coach [Dean] Smith's call” — Michael Jordan opens up about what convinced him to declare for the NBA Draft
Michael Jordan's college coach Dean Smith was the one who pushed him to forego his senior year in North Carolina.
Byron Scott picks 80s Los Angeles Lakers to triumph over 90s Chicago Bulls – “l’ll take us against that Bulls team you know with MJ, Rodman, and Scottie"
Scott made the case one player on the Bulls was a complete non-factor on offense, and that would be the key to the Lakers win.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got Olden Polynice in awe during their first match-up until things got serious — ”Okay, it's not fun anymore”
Ultimately, it was an epic NBA debut for Olden
“All these guys out here just making all this money, they owe Magic and Larry a lot of kudos.” — Byron Scott on how Magic Johnson and Larry Bird saved the NBA
Scott brought up a point most people don't know. Out of all the teams in the NBA back then, there were “maybe four teams that were making money.”
Jerry Buss attempted to buy the Dallas Cowboys but was denied because of his playboy image
Dr. Jerry Buss may have been the highest bidder to buy the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 but his playboy image got in the way
“He admitted he was jealous. He never showed it back then” - Magic Johnson was shocked to hear Larry Bird was jealous of him winning a title as a rookie
Magic Johnson also admitted that even today, he still thinks about losing to Bird in the 1984 Finals.
“A Man With A Thousand Moves” — Dominique Wilkins and Charles Barkley name their toughest foe
Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins were victims of the Torture Chamber.
“It's difficult to be the top dog” — Julius Erving talks about what it takes to be an ABA and NBA champion
Having heard "The Doctor" speak his mind about winning, there’s no wonder why he is a true legend. Be it the ABA or the NBA.
“There are many days I don't want to be around people and I'm a nasty person” — Michael Jordan opens up about why he doesn’t like showing himself to the public
Throughout his playing days, Michael Jordan hinted why he prefers to stay away from the public spotlight, and true enough, he carries that persona in retirement.
“When you try to reign in a 22-year-old elite athlete from pushing himself to be his best, you’re going to get conflict.” — Kareem weighs in on the Magic vs. Westhead issue
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar walked down memory lane and shared his take on the issue between Magic Johnson and Paul Westhead back in the day.
“I don't need to take that s**t!” — when Isiah Thomas broke his hand after punching Bill Laimbeer
Isiah Thomas punched Bill Laimbeer so hard he broke his hand during one of Detroit Pistons' practices.
Michael Jordan once went from judging a dunk contest to destroying the winner in street clothes
MJ's future teammate Jo Jo English was one of the first people to learn an important lesson - never talk trash to Black Jesus.
How Marvin Gaye’s national anthem rendition in the 1983 NBA All-Star game changed history
Marvin Gaye pioneered singing the national anthem in own rendition during the 1983 NBA All-Star game. There had been a lot of greats and flops as well over the years.
Craig Hodges goes all out on what everyone sacrificed when they played with Michael Jordan
Though Michael Jordan guided Craig Hodges to his only two NBA Championships, the 3-point icon has mixed feelings on the GOAT.
MJ's fiercest competitors - Top 5 players with the highest scoring average when going up against Michael Jordan
Three forwards, one center, one guard. These are the best offensive gunners who put on a show every time they faced Michael Jordan.
How Sam Bowie tricked the Portland Trail Blazers to draft him ahead of Michael Jordan
Sam Bowie revealed he lied about his injury so the Portland Trail Blazers would draft him. It robbed the fans and the city a chance to draft a generational talent in Michael Jordan.
“What kind of owner doesn't want his own player to not make the all-star team?” — Goran Dragic shares the moment he decided to leave Phoenix
Yet another story explaning why Phoenix has been a disaster for most of Robert Sarver's tenure as owner.
Grant Hill recalls the time when Bill and Hillary Clinton came to watch him play at an AAU tournament: "They sat in the bleachers with my parents as I earned another MVP"
Grant Hill will never forget when Bill and Hillary Clinton came to watch him play at an AAU game in which he won an MVP award
Sam Perkins reveals a different story about when MJ transitioned from Mike to Michael Jordan — “Everybody started noticing that this guy's different”
Sam Perkins is sure that contrary to what MJ said, he knows when exactly Mike became Michael Jordan.
”Jerry West and Elgin, Lakers could never beat that team so that was the fun part” — Michael Cooper picks the championship win that “tasted the best”
For Coop, it wasn't his first NBA title, but it was definitely the sweetest.
“If I didn’t go to Detroit, I probably would have been out of the NBA my second or third year” — Dennis Rodman on how today's NBA would react to his Bad Boy image
For the die-hard Rodman fans, this might not come as a surprise. But for those who don’t know, behind “Dennis the Menace” is a sensitive person who needed to be “cared for and loved,” something he found in Detroit.
Larry Bird once bullied a Boston Celtics prospect: 'The third time it happened...I’m starting to get kind of pissed'
A former Boston Celtics journeyman recounted how Larry Bird bullied him during a team practice
Grant Hill shares why he was a big Georgetown Hoyas fan growing up: "They were unequivocally talented and unapologetically Black"
In his book, Grant Hill describes what made him become a big fan of the Georgetown Hoyas and especially their head coach John Thompson
"Holy smokes, it's Larry Jordan"—How Michael Jordan awkwardly met one of his closest friends
Not all Michael Jordan stories involve the GOAT talking smack. Some of them involve awkward encounters, too.
The “first person to discover Michael Jordan” describes how North Carolina reacted to MJ
According to Roy Williams, you don’t really need to have an eye for a new prospect to notice a young Jordan, who was simply known as “Mike” at the time.
"I needed an offensive gimmick" — Larry Bird names the real 3-point shot instigator before Stephen Curry
Nowadays, when people knock down a 3-point shot they yell "Steph Curry." Back in the day, people blurted out "Pitino Bombino."
Nancy Leonard revealed why the Pacers passed up on Larry Bird in the 1978 NBA Draft: "We totally gave him away"
Nancy Leonard was convinced that the Indiana Pacers would pick Larry Bird. She watched him play and described him as perfect. However, the financial constraints prompted the board members to select Rick Robey.
"Done correctly, almost impossible to stop" — the step-back innovator talks about the genesis of his imitated move
Before it was called the stepback jumper, it was called the "Kiki Move," and it came out of necessity.
When Michael Jordan trash-talked the entire UNC dorm: "He'd call each room to let them know, 'Come to the gym'"
Coming back to UNC for summer pick-ups as a rising NBA superstar was a lot different than being one of the college guys admiring the pros on the other side. Jordan knew it, hence why he went out of his way to announce his first return to the UNC campus.
Kenny Smith on Michael Jordan dominating UNC pick-up games — "I want them MFs to know I'm never leaving the court"
Kenny "The Jet" Smith shares a story about legendary UNC pick-ups and how Michael Jordan used to dominate them
Larry Bird once challenged a reporter to a free throw shooting competition using just his left hand and won $160 off of him
Dan Shaugnessy foolishly believed he could beat Bird in a free-throw shooting competition because Bird was only using one hand, but he ended up losing quite badly.
George Karl will never forget a playoff game when Chris Mullin "knocked the s**t out" of a Utah Jazz fan
Karl once participated in a scuffle between the Warriors and the Jazz in a playoff game which resulted in a fan getting knocked out by Mullin
"Where's your dad?" - when hecklers trash-talked Steve Kerr four years after his father's assassination
Steve Kerr gave the performance of his life to shut up the spineless hecklers.
The greatest point guard you never heard of, meet Eun Jung Lee Ok
Eun Jung Lee Ok's game was so phenomenal she was compared to Magic Johnson and Pete Maravich.
"You better ask for a double team, bruh" -- John Salley on the time he was tasked with guarding Larry Bird 1-on-1
One jumper later, Salley realized Chuck Daly and the Pistons might need to change their defensive approach on Bird
John Salley on the Bill Laimbeer vs. Larry Bird fight: "He hit him very legal"
Most people agree that Bill Laimbeer was the one who initiated the brawl with Larry Bird. But John Salley, Bill's former teammate, sees the incident differently.
The only guy Michael Jordan used to fear on the court wasn't even a basketball player
A former teammate is sure MJ feared this guy everytime he showed up.
"You're a rookie. You don't know aynthing" -- Clyde Drexler learned the hard way not to talk trash to Larry Bird
Larry Bird gave Clyde Drexler his welcome to the NBA moment
VIDEO: Rare footage of a 1986 Independence Day pick-up game between Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins in St.Louis
While making an appearance for the Independence Day weekend in St.Louis back in 1986, two young NBA superstars Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins came out and gave the fans memorable moments showcasing their skillset
The skill Magic Johnson and Larry Bird possessed that changed the NBA for good
Both Magic and Larry set the footprint for the next generation's superstars with this particular skill
"Michael read that comment" -- Ron Harper prompted Michael Jordan's 55-point game vs. the Cavaliers
On this date, Michael Jordan became the first player in NBA history with two consecutive 50-point playoff games. It turns out, Ron Harper had something to do with it.
Why Clyde Drexler’s most memorable moment of his career was “getting to college and becoming a college student"
"Clyde the Glide" is now one of the most famous players in NBA history, but without a solid foundation during his time with Houston in college, would his career have gone the same way?
“Everybody wants to be like Julius Erving” How Julius Erving inspired Dominique Wilkins’ dunking prowess
Julius Erving inspired a generation of basketball players by revolutionizing the slam dunk in the NBA. One of those players, Dominique Wilkins, ended up taking dunking to the next level
“His pipes froze” - Michael Jordan may be cheap, but at least he's consistent about it
A little detail showing MJ was always careful when it comes to spending.
How Magic Johnson missed out on $5.2 billion: "It kills me every single time I think about that"
Choosing Converse's cash over Nike's stocks might be the biggest mistake of Magic Johnson's life