Throughout his playing days, Hall of Famer Michael Jordan never lacked any confidence in his ability on the court. That saw him participate in many instances of trash talking over the years. It’s something that helped fuel his performance that often took his game to greater heights. Even in retirement, Jordan‘s competitiveness and self-confidence hadn’t dwindled a bit as former NBA guard O.J. Mayo could attest before he ever arrived into the league.
Michael Jordan’s trash talk
Over the last couple of decades, Jordan‘s legacy has continued to live on strongly behind his stellar play on the court.
It extends far beyond that as his trash-talking skills is that of legends. There are numerous stories from Jordan‘s peers about being on the wrong end of those situations with the Hall of Famer torching them or their team in those instances.
That is part of his legacy that has brought more admiration and respect for his cut-throat mentality that the generations after him tried to mirror. It’s part of defining his mindset that helped elevate his game to the next level and in many ways further fueled him to overcome the doubt.
With that in mind, Jordan went that route once again with
Michael Jordan crushes O.J. Mayo after trash talk
Although Jordan had been done playing in the league for several years, he still partook in playing pickup basketball games at his annual camps. That was the case one year with OJ Mayo being in attendance at one of Jordan’s events when he was still a high-school standout.
That led to Mayo taking the confident approach of trash-talking Jordan at the camp by telling the Hall of Famer that he couldn’t guard him. It didn’t take long for the Chicago Bulls great to step up the challenge and torch him in the pick-up game. (H/T Kenny Honaker of ClutchPoints)
“I’m playing in my camp against O.J. Mayo,” Jordan said in an interview from yesteryear. “He was a top high school kid coming out, and I had never met him.
“In front of my camp, he starts this thing about ‘you can’t guard me, you can’t do this.’ I’ve got my campers here, so I can’t really go where I want to go because I own my camp,” Jordan added.
“So I stopped the camp — sent the kids to bed,” Jordan added. “We go back to playing, and he starts this whole thing that ‘you can’t guard me, you can’t do this.’ So from that point on, it was a lesson. And from that point on, it was a lesson. He never won a game, I posted him up, I did everything.”
Although Mayo was just a rowdy high school player extremely confident in his ability, Jordan stepped up to the challenge. From his account of the situation, he said that the two were jawing back and forth, but it was Jordan who got the upper hand that included drilling his infamous fadeaway jumper on him.
It was another example from the many that trash-talking Jordan isn’t the wisest idea.
Where is O.J. Mayo now?
This isn’t to suggest that this situation with Jordan had a profound effect on Mayo’s basketball career, but to give background where he’s at now.
He was selected third overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves and was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies after one year at USC. He spent the first four years of his career with the Grizzlies then joined the Dallas Mavericks for a season before spending his last three years with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Mayo has been out of the mix since 2016 as he was banned and disqualified for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program. He has since played overseas with Atleticos de San German of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional. The 32-year-old also played for Dacin Tigers of the Super Basketball League in Taiwan and is currently suiting up for the Taipei Fubon Braves in the ASEAN Basketball League.
There is no clarity about whether he will attempt returning to the NBA as he was eligible for reinstatement before the 2018-19 season.