In a sea of maniacal Michael Jordan practice stories, his altercation with Steve Kerr (in which Jordan punched Kerr in the face), looms as one of the memorable.
Per a teaser trailer released by ESPN after the airing of Episodes 5 and 6, it looks like the inside story of that anecdote is coming next week:
The altercation began with coach Phil Jackson assigning Kerr defensive duties on Jordan during practice. And Jordan was doing his thing.
"We were on opposite sides of the scrimmage, and he’s talking all kinds of trash," Kerr said in the preview. "And I’m pissed because we’re getting our ass kicked."
But the further practice went, the more Jackson could sense Jordan's aggression building, according to Jordan. In response, Jackson started calling "ticky-tack" fouls on Jordan, hoping to temper his star. The effect was the opposite.
"Now, I’m getting mad because for you to be protecting this guy, that’s not gonna help us when we play New York," Jordan said. "Next time he did it (called a soft foul), I just haul off and say f**k it. When I foul Steve Kerr, I said, 'now that’s a f**ing foul.'"
Kerr was having none of it.
"I have a lot of patience as a human being, but I tend to snap at some point because I’m extremely competitive, too," Kerr said. Then, with a smile: "I’m just not really good enough to back it up, usually.
"But I’m gonna fight."
Fight he did. Kerr caught Jordan with an elbow to the chest, to which Jordan responded by socking him in the eye. Jackson immediately booted Jordan from practice.
Whether there's more to this story remains to be seen. From the flashes of practice footage on the screen as the scene was being set, we'll hold out hope that there are layers yet to uncover.