Former NBA Player Recalls His Epic Comeback to Michael Jordan’s Trash Talk on Space Jam Sets




Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest player of all time basketball has ever seen. He was one of the first players who achieved super stardom off the court.

When MJ was in the University of North Carolina, Sports Illustrated had a cover story on the then 20-year-old Jordan. One of the most iconic pictures of Jordan emerged from the story. In the picture, Jordan was in his dorm room and had an intriguing poster stuck up on the wall.

The poster was of Bucks’ legend, Marques Johnson. Recently on Twitter, when one of the fans shared that MJ’s picture, Johnson recalled his hilarious conversation between him Jordan.

Johnson sometime back had an interview regarding the same with Fox Sports, Wisconsin. He described the detailed account of how the hilarious conversation he and MJ had.

He said, “So we are playing. Michael’s out there and just kinda messing around. So I get one and I go up and dunk it. And he was like, ‘Come on, old man. You don’t need to be trying to dunk, that was never part of your game.’”

“And I was like, ‘Well, you had my poster up in your room in college, so whatever I was doing back then, I was doing right!’ He was like, ‘Yeah, you got me on that. You got me on that. I sure did and had your poster up. I used to love your game back then.’”

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How did Michael Jordan train during the shooting of Space Jam

Michael Jordan was one of the busiest players in the 1995 off-season. He was trying to return to the peak of his powers after being away from the game for around a year.

He also had to shoot with the Warner Brothers production house for the completion of Space Jam. But only a player like MJ would be able to pull that off.

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

When you are the best player in the league, you have your own perks. This was the same for MJ. He was given a full-blown facility. Despite having a twelve hour shooting schedule, ‘His Airness’ squeaked in a two-hour workout with personal trainer Tim Grover.

After the completion of the shoot, Jordan played multiple pickup games with other pros like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Dennis Rodman, and Reggie Miller.

MJ’s sheer will to be the best paid off. He successfully returned to his peak form and as they say, the rest is history. Jordan went on to win three titles in a row once again, taking his tally of championship rings to six.

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