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“Are y'all crazy? I'm not gonna sit out there and let this dude embarrass me” — Rasheed Wallace once feared playing 1-on-1 against Michael Jordan

It happened in 1993 when Wallace was a freshman at North Carolina and was surprised to see Michael Jordan pay a visit to the campus.

Before  grew into an intense and ferocious player on the court, he was once a cautious college kid who attended the University of North Carolina. 

During his first year in college, Wallace admitted that he wasn't confident in his handles and overall game. So when the opportunity to challenge the greatest basketball player of all time  arrived, Sheed made a business decision.

When Sheed ducked Michael Jordan

In his appearance on the  podcast, the 1-time NBA champion revealed that there was a time when he ducked from a challenge to compete against  It happened in 1993 when Wallace was a freshman in North Carolina and was surprised to see Jordan pay a visit to the campus.

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Sheed outgrew all that intimidation

Fortunately for Wallace, he eventually outgrew that intimidation and developed his game. He went from averaging 9.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game in his freshmen year to 16.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks in his sophomore year. His performance in his sophomore year earned him a trip to the NBA Draft in 1995, where Wallace was picked by the  (at that time called Bullets) 4th overall.

Wallace played against Jordan and the  for the first time in his 34th career game in the pros. He dropped 17 points and 4 rebounds but lost to his fellow North Carolina alumni that day. This was also the  Jordan scored 46 points on 51.6% shooting from the field as he was at the peak of his prime years. This alone should certainly justify why Wallace was intimated with Mike once upon a time. 

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