JR Rider tells story of when Michael Jordan made him pay to talk trash: ‘We don’t talk to MJ like that’
The former Timberwolves guard reveals how Michael Jordan made him and a young Kevin Garnett pay for talking dumb.
Michael Jordan is one of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA. Wearing the iconic 23, MJ was a machine for the Chicago Bulls. Coming into a league where centers and forwards dominated, MJ was right to prove that guards can dominate the game too.
Become an overnight superstar with his performances for the Bulls in his first season, Jordan showed pundits and fans alike his alien talents on the basketball court. With 6 NBA titles, 5 NBA MVPs, 6 Finals MVPs and 10 scoring titles later, it’s pretty obvious that Jordan’s 15-year stint with the Bulls may have been one of the best careers the league has ever had. views.
When Michael Jordan destroyed JR Rider and a young Kevin Garnett
While there’s no doubting how talented a Michael Jordan player is, one of his greatest strengths was probably how he handled trash. Although MJ was vicious in disparaging his opponents, he did not allow his opponents to do so and silenced them with his performances.
Such was the case with former Timberwolves guard Jr Rider and Kevin Garnett. Rider talked about an instance where Jordan shut him and KG down with his performance.
“KG had never seen me play against MJ. I had 24, MJ had 18. KG says: ‘Keep bullshitting him, he can’t keep you. I said, ‘Chill, MJ standing right here.’ KG says ‘Psshh, man I don’t care’… Entering 4Q, MJ turned about 17 quickly, looking at me and KG. He didn’t understand that we don’t talk to MJ like that”
It just goes to show how motivated Jordan was to get the best out of his opponents and why talking rubbish with one of the greatest players of all time can cost you dearly. As everyone knows by now, never talk bashing to MJ or he’ll take it seriously.