Michael Jordan allegedly referred to himself as “Black Jesus” while he was on the basketball court, according to another legendary icon from the sport, Reggie Miller.
Miller made this accusation during his interview on Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Miller also made numerous intriguing comments while chatting to the host, however it was his wonderful revelation about Jordan that proved to be the highlight.
You can watch the former Indiana Pacer shooting guard’s remarks in all of their glory below.
Miller recalled that during his rookie season he found himself going toe-to-toe with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Miller decided to trash-talk with Jordan to try and prove that he was just as talented as the already-legendary player.
But after insisting that he would be able to eclipse Jordan’s skills, Jordan then took glee in absolutely destroying Miller during their exhibition match.
You can read Miller’s entire version of the event below.
“My rookie year we were playing the Chicago Bulls, and this Michael Jordan’s third or fourth year in. And we were playing an exhibition game… most veterans do not like to play in exhibition games, they want to get to the real thing.
“I’m a wide-eyed, energetic rookie and… Michael’s going through the motions. And Chuck Person — who’s on my team — who is a trash-talker as well, is like, ‘Can you believe Michael Jordan, the guy everyone’s talking about, who’s supposed to be able to walk on water? You’re out here killing him, Reg!… You should be talking to him!’
“And I was like, ‘You know what, you’re right!’ ‘Michael… who do you think you are? The great Michael Jordan? That’s right, there’s a new kid on town!’
“He kind of looks at me and stats shaking his head. So at half I have 10, and he has four points… end of the game, the second half, he end up with 44 and I ended up with 12. So he outscored me 40-2.
“And as he’s walking off, he’s like, ‘Be sure, and be careful, you never to talk to Black Jesus like that’.”
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