Michael Jordan has proven many times there is absolutely no limit to his propensity for talking trash. MJ will talk during All-Star games, while he’s filming iconic movies, even after he retired. Jordan will even give NFL quarterbacks a tongue lashing.
With all of that said, it’s not the least bit surprising that Jordan was talking to opponents long before he became the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, MJ’s willingness to jaw dates to at least to his days as a high school recruit. Patrick Ewing revealed as much when he sat down for an interview with The Charlotte Observer. The full chat between writer Scott Fowler and the Knicks Hall of Famer will be published in the Sunday edition of the paper, but Fowler included a surprise snippet that involves a great story about Ewing and Jordan visiting Chapel Hill together in 1982.
Apparently, they both visited UNC on the same weekend when they were coveted high school recruits. It was on that trip where Dean Smith told Ewing that if he wasn’t going to choose North Carolina, he should play at Georgetown.
The visit was also the first time Jordan would talk trash at Ewing, something he would do many, many more times over the ensuing 20 years.