MADDEN: All the time. He got upset about it, too. I think he hated to see me walk into the gym.
SI: Does Jordan intimidate officials?
MADDEN: He intimidates the younger referees. He gets in their faces, and that can be tough for a new guy. Obviously Jordan intimidates players and coaches, so you can see how it would happen with some refs. But not the veterans. They've heard it all before.
SI: What about John Stockton? His opponents claim he's a dirty player.
MADDEN: I never saw that. He's very smart, very competitive, and other guys are jealous because he's so great for his size.
SI: When you officiated, what did you look for with Stockton?
MADDEN: We'd probably concentrate on how he was setting screens. He sets a lot of them during a game. Some are moving screens—but not as many as opposing teams think.
SI: Do the Bulls get more calls in their favor, the way many felt the great Celtics teams did?
MADDEN: I laugh when I hear that. People don't realize that when you're the better team, you are better in every way, including how you execute. The great teams deserve all the breaks and calls they get.