Former NBA head coach George Karl remembered a story when he ignored Michael Jordan over dinner in Chicago during the 1996 NBA final. Karls Seattle SuperSonics faced the bulls in the series. As it turned out, the real reason he ignored MJ was not to give him additional motivation.
“It’s true. I had Brendan Malone in my Detroit Pistons team and he said,” Michael is playing head games with you all the time. “And he said,” You don’t want to mess with him in this series. “Say Hello at the beginning of the series, shake your hand at the end of the series, but don’t let him use anything during the series to motivate yourself to be a better player and the best player in basketball. ”Karl remembered.
The tactics didn’t help, however. Jordan averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game during the series, helping the Bulls win the series 4-2.