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Michael Jordan once said he didn’t want to “overshadow anyone” on the Bulls

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 15: NBA legends and former Chicago Bulls teammates Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen watch the action from the sidelines against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

While often regarded as the best basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan evidently always kept his teammates in mind. Footage from a 1990s interview showed Jordan praising his teammates and showing humility.

Disney asked the Bulls’ legend to endorse the company by saying he was “going to Disneyland” following one of his title wins. He instead asked for Disney to include his teammates in the gig.

“I will not do it, not unless you include the starting five. Cause I didn’t do this by myself. I felt compelled to do that because I don’t want to overshadow anyone, I love for us to be successful. But I believe, and I’ve always believed that when the team’s successful, everybody shines. All the individual accolades take care of themselves [and] everybody’s gonna blossom from this situation.”

Michael Jordan

Recently, Jordan has caught some flack at the hands of former teammate Scottie Pippen. Pippen claims Jordan is narcissistic and often criticizes the now-famous “Last Dance” documentary that details Jordan’s life. He also says the documentary aims to cement Jordan’s legacy above LeBron James rather than fairly represent the teams of the time.

For years now, the two have been at the head of the “GOAT” argument for the sport. With James’ career slowly winding down, the debate currently lies closer than ever.

Additionally, Jordan reputedly caused conflict within his teams. Current Warriors head coach and Jordan’s former teammate Steve Kerr often details the time the pair had an actual fistfight.

“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. “I’m just not really good enough to back it up, usually. But I’m going to fight.”

Steve Kerr

Given Jordan’s past reputation with teammates, his comments are surprising. However, his words might not change anything in a case of “too little, too late.”

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