Michael Jordan is commonly regarded as the greatest of all-time, but among his many great attributes was his well-known ability to trash talk.
The legendary shooting guard was always in his opponents faces with his relentless and competitive style, but he enjoyed getting in their heads just as much.
Kobe Bryant was another huge NBA name that carried around that same kind of competitive edge and the Black Mamba bowed out the game last week with a 60-point swansong against the Utah Jazz at the Staples Center.
Many former NBA stars have suggested that today's league is a far friendlier environment than it used to be a decade or two ago. The league is now perceived as soft by some, but even for Jordan, this revelation is somewhat next level.
Former NBA small forward Roshown McLeod appeared on the Brown and Scoop Podcast on Monday and revealed some of the Hall of Famer's tactics.
McLeod played for the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers during his three-year run in the NBA before injury robbed the 6'8" forward of a longer tenure. Although he only caught Jordan towards the end of his career, he was still lucky enough to encounter some famous tales about the now-Charlotte Hornets owner.
“I just remember stories of Jordan singing to guys when he was playing. His number one song was ‘Giving You The Best That I Got.’ I remember him singing that to Jerry Stackhouse one day and just putting on a show. It was like he had a concert going on in his own head.
“He gave it to you every time. He had an answer for everything that came out of anyone’s mouth. Very few guys were able to do that, but when you found a guy like Jordan or a guy like Kobe that could do it, it was a memorable moment.”
To be honest, how much can one say to Jordan? As a five-time MVP and six-time NBA champion, amongst a litany of other accolades, it's not hard to believe that Jordan would have an answer for just about every opponent.
It remains to be seen how off-putting Jordan's dulcet tones really were, but, he must have been doing something right during his career. That much is for sure.
These days, Jordan is more focused on the fortunes of his Charlotte Hornets as they engage in a playoff series with the Miami Heat. After losing Game One 123-91, the visitors have a lot of work to do if they hope to take a split back to the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Who knows, maybe they could do with a smooth-singing Jordan on the court?
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