I’ve got a feeling this kid’s going to be pretty good. Like fancy steakhouse good.
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Posted by Trey Kerby under Michael Jordan, Score Video on Nov 03, 2011
Posted by Trey Kerby under Michael Jordan, Washington Wizards on Oct 28, 2011
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Posted by Trey Kerby under Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan, Random, Score Video on Oct 27, 2011
This is why Scottie Pippen is the best teammate ever.
(via Got ‘Em Coach)
Posted by Trey Kerby under Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan on Oct 06, 2011
You might think that now that they don’t play basketball against each other, Michael Jordan would take it easy on Charles Barkley. Since Michael spent an entire career figuring out ways to stymy Chuck’s hope for a title, you’d think he’d cut Sir Charles a little slack now that they’re old and fat.
Get serious. This is Michael Jordan. Like he’d ever stop dissing his rivals. From ESPN:
Jon Robinson: Are you disappointed that Charles Barkley isn’t represented in the game as one of the 15 legends?
Michael Jordan: I am disappointed he’s not in the game. I think people would love to see how much smaller he was compared to how he is now. [laughs] The impact he had on the league being only 6-4, 6-5, and the impact he had at the power forward position is going to be missed.
That’s how you do it. That’s how you zing your friends when they’re least expecting it. One second Charles Barkley is reading an innocuous article about NBA 2K12 (yeah right, but go with it) and the next Michael Jordan’s making fat jokes because he just can’t resist. Classic Michael Jordan.
I especially like at the end how he tries to make it seem like he was just talking about Barkley being a short power forward, and not that he was laughing about a joke he made about Charles gaining all that weight after he retired. After years of needling Barkley, you think we’re letting a wise crack like this slip by? Nice try, Mike.
Posted by Trey Kerby under Michael Jordan on Sep 29, 2011
It’s best to start this post by saying that there’s no way these Michael Jordan stories can ever be completely verified, even if they are coming from long-time Bulls assistant coach Johnny Bach. It’s been almost 20 years since Jordan played his last game with the Bulls, so I think the statute of limitations has run out for vetting these bad boys. Plus, these showed up on the Internet as an email from a friend who had dinner with Bach. Red flags all around.
That being said, when you read these stories, you’ll agree that they’re so very Michael Jordan that they must be true. Here’s the first, which starts out innocent enough, then takes a turn for MJ ruining people pretty quickly.
Who was the better defender? Pippen was one of the best and most gifted defenders of all time. But MJ was the better defender. Michael could shut down anyone in the world for a 3 minute span. The best he’s ever seen. (I was pretty shocked by that, but man what does that tell you about MJ, unbelievable.) Jordan was the most ferocious competitor Bach has seen in all his years of basketball. Johnny said physically Jordan and Pippen were about the same as defenders. But when you add in MJ’s ruthlessness and trash talk, that put him ahead of Scottie.
When Johnny was coaching with the Hornets in 1995 they had a good team. Glen Rice, Mourning, Johnson. Series was tied at 2 and Hornets had a chance to win game 5 in Chicago. On the biggest possession of the game, Mugsy had the ball with the Hornets down 1. Jordan backed off of him and told him: “shoot it you f—ing midget.” Mugsy shot it, didn’t come close. A year later Mugsy actually told Johnny Bach that he believes that single play ruined his career. His shot never recovered.
Yikes. Like I said, no way of knowing if this is true. But I think we can all agree that it is very likely that Michael Jordan would say something along these lines. He called out his high school basketball coach in his Hall of Fame induction speech, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he used Muggsy Bogues’ height to destroy his career during a first round playoff series.
Next, how about a story of Jordan messing with Charles Barkley during the 1993 NBA Finals? Here you go.
The day before game 4 of the Bulls Suns finals with the Bulls leading the series 2-1. Michael and Charles Barkley went golfing. They played 48 holes of golf. And Michael bought Charles a $20,000 diamond earring. Johnny asked MJ, “what did you do all that for?” Michael responded, “he won’t get in my way the rest of the series, what’s $20,000 to me? Charles thinks we’re great friends. I hate that fat f—.” Jordan dropped 55 in game 4 and Barkley never touched him once.
Again, might not be true, but definitely seems true. Jordan never thought golfing before a big game was a big deal, would think nothing of spending 20 grand on something that is going to get him an edge on his competitors, and Charles Barkley did wear earrings. And I certainly wouldn’t put it past Michael Jordan to use his friendship with another player as a way to get in his head. Jeff Van Gundy accused him of doing that way back in 1997, so it would surprise me less than
jake zero percent if this happened.
For the last time, it’s impossible to know if these things really happened. There’s no way Jordan would never comment on them, let alone say whether they’re true or not, so remember that. But also remember this is Michael Jordan we’re talking about here. Literally any psychological warfare strategies that you can imagine are on the table. It’s up to you to figure out whether that’s good or not.
Posted by Trey Kerby under Michael Jordan on Sep 21, 2011
Of course Michael Jordan has giant versions of all six of his championship rings on his golf bag. Did you expect him not to? Don’t be silly. It’s for intimidation, and I’m guessing it’s pretty effective. Picture-painting time.
Just imagine you paid a significant fee to participate in some pro-am event that you know Michael Jordan is going to be playing in. So you steel yourself, knowing that you’re going to eventually see him and you’ll probably freak out and hit some bad drives. You know this, so you plan for it, and eventually you become prepared enough that you’re confident that you could accidentally encounter Michael Jordan and still be able to play some decent golf.
Then you get to the event, clean your spikes, pull on your visor like a bro and hit the links, where you find out you’re one of the lucky guys who gets Michael Jordan in his foursome. “No big deal,” you think. You’ve been preparing for this for weeks. You’ll be fine. You got this.
Then Jordan rolls up, pulls out his six rings bag and you immediately pee your Payne Stewart pants like a ninny.
Oh well, there’s always next year.
Posted by Trey Kerby under Animals, Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan on Sep 19, 2011
For years and years and years, we’ve chalked up Michael Jordan’s basketball triumphs to his intense competitive fire, virtually unmatched in the history of professional sports. Well, also the fact that he is supremely talented and can jump very, very high, but the competitive thing too. That is second important and skill is first important, but it is close. Put those two things together, and you have the best basketball player ever.
Except, as Charles Barkley explains, it is because of a lack of canine companionship that he became so competitive in the first place. From Sports Radio Interviews, via Deadspin:
“Michael, I think one of the reasons why he’s been mad since junior high, is because he hasn’t had dogs in his life. You know if you make Michael mad, he never forgets it. I think if he had some dogs, I think that would calm him down. I’m telling you! He remembers everything anybody ever did or said about him in his life, and I think if he had some dogs, that would take some of the venom away.”
OK sure, yeah, this makes sense. Because Michael Jordan never had a dog he became super competitive which made him never forget a single slight which drove him to become the world’s greatest basketball player. That seems logical and pretty much the best explanation for how Michael Jordan became such a killer, because dogs certainly make you happy. (Unless you are DMX, in which case they make you happy but also angry, sad and police officer impersonation-y.)
All this time we thought it was getting “cut” from his basketball team in high school that drove Michael Jordan to become the most intensely driven basketball player anyone has ever seen. Turns out it was just because his parents are cat people.