Michael Jordan once took camper O.J. Mayo to school
Milwaukee Bucks' O.J. Mayo poses for a picture during the team's media day Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) ORG XMIT: WIMG1
In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Michael Jordan warned he might come back and play at 50.
NBA analyst Jalen Rose thinks it’ll happen. On Thursday, Rose predicted Jordan will make a one-game comeback with the team he owns, the Bobcats.
Most fans would love to see Jordan take on Kobe Bryant’s Lakers, LeBron James’ Heat or the Bulls, the team he led to six championships.
But if MJ can get around the league rule that prohibits owners from playing on their teams, one player who might be shaking in his Jordans is the Bucks’ O.J. Mayo.
While promoting the NBA 2K14 video game this week, Jordan said he taught Mayo a lesson in 2006. Mayo, then going into his junior year of high school, trash-talked MJ after scoring a couple of buckets at Jordan’s basketball camp. Jordan sent the rest of the campers to bed before going to work on Mayo.
“He never won a game,’’ Jordan said. ‘‘I posted him up. I did everything. If I could show you the film. . . . Ask him about that thing that happened at my camp.”
Mayo remembers it much the same way.
“He was backing me down and saying, ‘You better scream for Mama. Ma-ma. Ma-ma.’ You know? Hit the famous fadeaway on me. . . . He said, ‘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.”