Earlier this week, a promotional video went viral of five-time NBA MVP and six-time champion Michael Jordan referencing a one-on-one game in which he schooled then-high school phenom O.J. Mayo.
Jordan said he “schooled” Mayo, who started trash talking the former Chicago Bull at his basketball camp. The 50-year-old Jordan said he hoped the video could be found of him dominating Mayo. And Wednesday, Larry Brown Sports unearthed the video.
The minute and a half clip shows the two battling sometime around 2005 or 2006, when Jordan was either 42 or 43-years-old, a minimum of two years removed from his last NBA game.
At the time Mayo, who recently signed with Milwaukee this offseason, was one of the most sought after recruits in the country playing against mostly college kids at Jordan's Flight School held in UC-Santa Barbara. According to Deadspin, Mayo confirmed Jordan’s account of the showdown.
“I got a few buckets and I think the campers knew I was only a high school kid, and so they got rowdy a little bit,” Mayo said to the Bucks official website. “We got a little bit of jawing. We played two games—I think we split one and one; it was a team game. And then he said, ‘OK, now let me handle my business.’ And he looked me in my face and I said, ‘Well, what do you mean?’
“He said ‘I need all the campers and everybody to leave. Let’s clear the gym.’ And I said, ‘Oh man.’ So we continued playing pickup, and Mike was Mike. He was jawing a little bit and really getting into me defensively. He was backing me down. He said, ‘You better scream for momma. Mom-ma, mom-ma! He hit the famous fadeaway on me. And then I said, ‘OK, OK, you got it going.’
“He said, ‘Hey, young fella, let me tell you something. You may be the best high school player in the world, but I’m the greatest ever. Don’t you ever disrespect the great like that.’
Jordan’s notorious competitiveness is arguably the biggest reason he became the one of the greatest players in NBA history. But in that same promo video he was also asked who he would have liked to play one-on-one in the prime of their careers. He named Hall of Famers Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, and Julius Ervin, along with current stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James.
Jordan also said he would beat everyone except for Bryant, who mirrors all his moves.