During his career, Jordan has had some memorable moments such as, of course, scored a career-best 69 points in the Bulls’ 117-113 overtime win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28, 1990, his 63-point game in 1986 in the first round of the playoffs against Larry Bird’s Boston Celtics.
“I didn’t think anyone was capable of doing what Michael has done to us,” said Larry Bird after Game 2 of that series. “He is the most exciting, awesome player in the game today. I think it’s just God disguised as Michael Jordan.”
Jordan also not the person to trash talk while he is on the basketball coach the late Kobe Bryant found that that out rather quickly during his rookie season in 1996.
“I’ve seen him pure wet away from the screen so many times, and every time I saw, [I thought] ‘I’m gonna f- that one, just force him over the screen,” Bryant says in the clip. “Sure as s-, he leaned down like he was going over the screen and the s- looked so believable. It really did, I thought he was going over the screen.”
“There’s no way that motherf**** spun such a fast baseline, [that] he was dunking the ball before I knew what the hell happened,” said Bryant.
“I was 18, and I was, like, ‘Oh, s-, that was pretty f-in’ cool,’” Bryant shared. “And then, running back down the court, he was like, ‘A lot faster in person, isn’t it?”
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EX-Grizzlies Guard Recalls the Time he Trash Talked Jordan
According to BTM Basketball Time Machine, right before Jordan was getting ready to come back to the Chicago Bulls in 1995, and part of his routine was participating in pick up games. During this particular time of the season, NBA All-Stars weren’t available.
Jordan was in Los Angeles and wanted to organize some pick-up games, so he called Magic Johnson to gather so well rounded players. Johnson reached out to Darrick Martin, who was playing for the Vancouver Grizzlies at the time, and some former UCLA players.
During one of those pick-up games, Martin managed to hit the game-winner against Michael Jordan.
“I come down on a break, on the wing, and go with a hand up to move, like I’m going to shoot, Michael Jumps up, I go by and lay up to win the game. I commence to talk the best trash ever against him. Michael, you get out of my town; you are not even the real MJ. My man Magic is the real MJ,” Martin said.
When the two would meet again during the 1995 season, Martin and the Grizzlies were getting the best of Jordan and the Bulls as they were up by double digits, and MJ only had ten points. Phil Jackson decides to pull Jordan, and he goes the bench and takes his shoes off.
Meanwhile, Martin is feeling himself a little too much as he walks over the Bulls bench after finishing a three-point play and utters the words, “Told you we’re gonna whoop you’re a– tonight.”
Jordan would check back in the game and torch the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter, and the Bulls end up winning the game. Jordan went up to Martin after the game and said, “Shut up, you little b—-!”