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Magic Johnson Reveals The Truth Behind Michael Jordan’s Famous Shrug In 1992 Finals

Credit: Reuters

Credit: Reuters

Throughout his career, Michael Jordan starred in many moments that will be hard to forget for NBA fans. MJ is a complete legend not only in his sport but in general, as his competitiveness was something unmatchable.

One of the biggest proves of that happened when the GOAT took on the Portland Trail Blazers in 1992, where he pulled off one perfectly-timed shrug during Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals. That iconic moment came after Jordan buried his sixth three-pointer in the first half, as he dropped 35 on Clyde Drexler and the Blazers in the first two quarters.

Now, Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson has revealed he was responsible for Jordan’s big night at that time.

During the NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago, Johnson told the story that he, MJ and some others had played cards at Jordan's house the night before Game 1. As the legend goes, Magic and MJ's pops teamed up to beat Jordan while playing bid whist, which led to the show he put on against Portland.

Via Brandon Robinson:

“The night before he hit all of them threes against Portland, we’re playing bid whist at his house. His dad and I, we bust him up, we tore him up, I’m running six nose and five specials on Michael.”

“So we play and I say: ‘Michael I gotta go home, you gotta go home, you’ve got a game. He said: ‘nah MJ' [Magic Johnson] because Mike was just so competitive. When he loses, he don’t want you to leave.”

The next night Jordan was just having it, smashing the Blazers. Johnson had a front-row seat as Jordan took out his frustrations from the night before. Says Magic, “He was turning to me. He was so hot that night so he owed me a lot because I’m the one he was mad at. That’s why he took it out on Clyde Drexler the next day in the game."

You don’t mess with Jordan; either he will get his revenge on you or someone else will face his anger. This is the biggest example of that.