If you have spent more than 27 minutes surfing the web today in your free time, you may have come across some photos of Michael Jordan playing beer pong at the Ritz-Carlton in Miami over the weekend. In addition to the image you see above that was posted by Instagram user @yaypril, there were also a couple more angles of His Airness getting his pong on.
LeBron James is often compared to Michael Jordan. Their styles of play and physical makeup are quite different, but King James and Air Jordan are two of the greatest players to ever touch an NBA court. Many people assume they have some sort of relationship with one another simply because they’re, well, MJ and LeBron. That doesn’t seem to be the case.
In a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine’s Chris Broussard, LeBron was asked if he ever wishes he had a closer relationship with Jordan.
OJ Mayo has actually been a good sport about the story of him getting schooled by Michael Jordan going viral this week.
To recap, MJ did an interview that corresponded with the release of NBA2K14 on Tuesday in which he shared a story about how he schooled Mayo when Mayo was a cocky high schooler at his basketball camp in 2006. Jordan recalled the events from that night at his camp almost exactly as it played out. MJ boasted that he taught Mayo a lesson that night.
“If I could ever share you that film … ask him what happened,” Jordan said.
Well ask and you shall receive, MJ.
Larry Brown Sports was able to obtain the video of Jordan schooling OJ that night, and it played out exactly how Jordan described it. But there is one person who still isn’t satisfied with the video. Mayo.
Mayo responded to our tweet that we had video from the night by asking why we only showed Jordan’s offensive clips.
Michael Jordan was not lying when he said he beat OJ Mayo badly at his basketball camp years ago.
Jordan gave an interview to promote the release of NBA 2K14, and the interview received attention on Tuesday. During the interview, Ahmad Rashad asked MJ about how much trash he talked during his career. Jordan said he didn’t trash talk unless he personally knew the player, and he also said he usually let his game do his talking. The line of questioning led Jordan to recall a great story.
According to Jordan, current Milwaukee Bucks player OJ Mayo attended his basketball camp as a high schooler. Mayo was considered the top high schooler in the country and a player who could make the jump straight to the NBA if the league hadn’t changed its rules. Mayo was feeling cocky and kept trash talking Jordan, so Jordan decided to send his campers to bed so he could play Mayo and teach the young player a lesson.
A tipster who was at the camp emailed LBS to confirm the story.
Michael Jordan said in an interview that made headlines Tuesday that he would beat LeBron James 1-on-1, but he’s not sure how he would do against Kobe Bryant because the Lakers legend stole all his moves. MJ probably takes it as a compliment that Kobe copies him, otherwise he wouldn’t mention it.
You figure that the prideful Kobe might want to deny that he bit everything off MJ, but he doesn’t. In fact, he freely admitted on Twitter that he stole Jordan’s moves, saying it’s part of the cycle of the game:
Domino effect. I stole some of his..this generation stole some of mine #thecycle
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) October 1, 2013
Kobe’s probably right about the cycle and evolution of the game. Great players take ideas and moves from players they grew up watching, and then they improve on them. But how many try to talk, walk, play and act like their idol? Not many, but that’s what Scottie Pippen said Kobe did with Jordan. He’s right about it. And it looks like Kobe’s going to finish his career one ring short of Jordan.
Michael Jordan knows that when you have a reputation for being the greatest player of all time, people are going to try knocking you off that perch. And when those people come after you talking trash, sometimes you have to teach them a lesson. That’s exactly what happened between Jordan and current NBA player OJ Mayo.
In an interview to promote the launch of NBA 2K14, Jordan shared a story about how Mayo, who was a top high school player at the time, talked a ton of trash to him at his basketball camp. MJ decided to teach the youngster a lesson.
Michael Jordan probably feels like there is not a basketball player in the world who could beat him in a game of one-on-one during his prime. Many people consider him to be the greatest player who has ever lived, so he has every right to feel like he’s unbeatable.
In an interview with Ahmad Rashad to promote the NBA2K14 video game, Jordan spoke about some of those fantasy matchups.
Of course, His Airness was asked which players he would want to play 1-on-1 in their primes. His list included Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony.
Here’s how he answered the question: