Having the ability to dominate a sport gives players a lot of confidence. Michael Jordan's greatness gave him so much confidence he was able to psychologically gain an advantage against opponents. Sometimes, he'd let you know how he was going to pick you apart. Other times, he let his game do the talking for him.
In either case, Jordan not only devastated you, he let you know about it afterward.
Former Utah Jazz owner Larry Miller admonished Michael Jordan for dunking on the shorter John Stockton. A couple of plays later, he took the challenge to heart. It did not end well for Mel Turpin or the Jazz.
By most accounts, Shaquille O'Neal is usually a friendly guy. But when you're constantly getting hacked and young punks keep trying to test you, patience can run a little short. O'Neal was one of the most unstoppable forces the NBA has ever seen, and he wasn't afraid to make opponents feel small on or off the court. Whether it was traditional or social media, he was going to clown you.
What were you doing to do about it? The man was 7'0", 350 pounds.