Michael Jordan Once Trash Talked to Kobe Bryant About Having More NBA Championship Rings: “You Only Got Three Now, I Got Six”

Published 12/28/2021, 9:00 PM EST


While All-Star games may not be counted as important as the NBA Playoffs, it is surely a way to give the fans what they want.  These games feature some iconic matchups and team-ups like never seen before. In the last season itself, Stephen Curry and LeBron James were on the same team for the first time and the NBA fans could not get enough of it. Similarly, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant were almost always All-Stars throughout their career.

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Every season they played, the NBA community wanted to see them in the All-Star Games. In those games, we saw some incredible moments including those where they engaged in trash talk. Michael Jordan even roasted Bryant for having lesser championship rings than him. This was incredible for every NBA fan to see.

These are some incredible moments they shared on the court in Michael Jordan’s last All-Star Game.

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When Kobe Bryant was humbled by Michael Jordan’s trash talk

During the 2003 All-Star game, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan were on opposing teams. This matchup led to several engagements between the duo which were recorded on camera.

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During some free throws in the game, Michael and Kobe went at it. Michael Jordan said, “That’s a foul all day long!” To this, Kobe responded “Awh I know you ain’t talking. I know you ain’t talking.”

Jordan hilariously responds, “Hey! You only got three now, I got six. I would’ve get that foul, you only got three now.”

This left Kobe Bryant with no responses except a humble one, “You’re right, I can’t say nothing to that. I can’t say nothing, Imma shut up and take it.” 

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Kobe Bryant’s relationship with Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan always treated Kobe Bryant like a little brother. While in the media’s eyes they were opponents, Jordan was like a mentor for Bryant. After Kobe Bryant’s demise, Michael Jordan gave an emotional ode to him.

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Michael and Kobe are arguably the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. We will always remember this iconic matchup as one of the most iconic matchups in NBA history.

 

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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