Michael Jordan Shuts Down Sarunas Marciulionis, Gets Mad At Drexler For Not Doing The Same At 92 Olympics
In 1992, Sarunas Marciulionis was a four-time Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year, Mr Europa, member of the FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and one of the first Europeans to stand out in the NBA — 1992 6th Man of the Year for the Warriors.
In 1992, the Dream Team was on a mission to absolutely destroy every team they faced in the 92 Olympics as Michael Jordan found personal challenges and games to play within every game. His challenge on this day was to shut down the Lithuanian legend.
From LamarMatic‘s YouTube description
Michael Jordan, coming off eighteen holes of golf, volunteered for the challenge of guarding Sarunas Marciulionis (#13) in the semi-finals of the 1992 Olympics by telling Chuck Daly not to worry about it. Now years later everybody remembers the game for how Michael didn’t even let Marciulionis get the damn ball. Pay attention to the off-ball defensive pressure MJ puts on Sarunas.
Michael scored 21 points, had 6 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Meanwhile, Sarunas’s line of 20 points, 8 assists, 4 steals and 7 turnovers doesn’t look that bad. However, only 5 of those points came when Michael was guarding him (that’s approximately for 20 minutes). He absolutely feasted on Clyde Drexler to the point that Michael chewed Drexler out for letting him score on one particular occasion.