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Michael Jordan Once Punched Will Perdue In The Face During Practice For Running Illegal Screens: “He Stood Up, Popped Me And Before I Could Get Him They Got Us And That was The End Of It.”

Michael Jordan Once Punched Will Perdue In The Face During Practice For Running Illegal Screens: “He Stood Up, Popped Me And Before I Could Get Him They Got Us And That was The End Of It.”

Whether you love or hate Michael Jordan, you have to admit that MJ is arguably the best player to ever play in the NBA. His glorious resume is the biggest example of that as he won a plethora of accolades throughout his career.

Evidently, during his amazing career in the NBA, Mike played with a lot of different players. Some teammates he liked and treated well, while more often than not, he didn't get along with his teammates. Probably the most popular example of this is when Jordan punched Steve Kerr right in the eye during a scrimmage.

Today, we bring you another story about how Mike got into a fight with his former teammate Will Perdue. Will shared the court with Jordan for seven seasons and was part of the team for four out of the six championship runs.

Via Ballislife:

"First of all, the second unit was kicking the first unit’s butt, and Michael wasn’t too happy about it. And we used to do that actually quite often in practice. Secondly, we were the scout team running some plays of the team we were going to play the next night and Johnny Bach was the defensive coach. And what we used to do was run about five high-frequency plays of our opponent.

Well, one of them was they were going to continue to run the screen-roll to see if Michael was going to continue to try to work his way over the screen over four quarters, because they knew the guy coming off the screen was the shooter. Michael didn’t want to go under, neither did Phil or Johnny Bach want Michael to go under. So, they are going to want to lay some wood on him, is the terminology, try to knock him off a screen and see, will you continue to do this for four quarters?

So, we kept running this play, and sometimes my screens were illegal. Sometimes they were not. But my job was to make sure I hit him. Well one time he said, ‘If you do that again I’m going to make you pay for it.’ Well Johnny Bach just stood there and goes, ‘Run it again.’

So we ran it again, and this time I figured if I’m going to get my money’s worth. I nailed him, knocked him to the ground, kind of stood over him a little bit. He stood up, popped me and before I could get him they got us and that was the end of it.

He apologized later, but he got me pretty good."

Considering Perdue is a big man, it's for the best that the fight didn't escalate further. Otherwise, if Perdue and Mike had both lost their tempers things could have turned ugly.

At the end of the day, Perdue pulled off an illegal screen on MJ and paid the price for it, with a black eye.