‘You Out of Shape’: Carmelo Anthony Reveals How Michael Jordan Trash-Talked Him During Training

Published 09/21/2021, 1:29 PM EDT
Michael Jordan during 2006 Jordan All-American Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)


Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is regarded as the GOAT by many. The NBA legend helped in popularizing the game throughout the world through his balling skills. He didn’t just retire from the game as a legend, but also as a trash-talking king. ‘The Last Dance’ documentary, which revolved around his life, showed various trash-talking stories of the Bulls legend.

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Everyone saw the documentary and realized how competitive Jordan was. However, there’s way more to his career than what was shown in ‘The Last Dance’. Many trash-talking incidents were covered, but some didn’t make it to the docuseries.

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One such incident happened with Los Angeles Lakers small forward Carmelo Anthony, who recently revealed his trash-talking exchanges with Jordan.

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Carmelo Anthony reveals trash-talking exchanges with Michael Jordan

Lakers star Carmelo Anthony appeared in a recent episode of ‘Million Dollaz Worth of Game‘ on YouTube. In the interview, talked about his conversation with Michael Jordan and David Stern.

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Giving an example of something he said to Jordan to cook him up, he said, “He was too small. We all, we talked. He told me, he made me run around the game, I was out of shape. S**t like that ‘You out of shape man,’ ‘You’ll get tired chasing me.’ I told him, ‘Man, you too small’. He was like, ‘a** man, you lighting a** bro’,” Carmelo said.

“But you can’t win the argument with him. And you can’t argue with somebody who’s knowledgeable of everything. Like he knows s**t about you that you may might not even. He throwing at it to the arguments. He was like, ‘damn they got you’.”

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Indeed, one can’t win an argument with someone who has all the knowledge in the world. Michael Jordan isn’t the greatest player for nothing. He remained consistent throughout his career, studied his opponents, and beat them with his skills. Not many acknowledge the hard work players like Jordan put in during the off-season or breaks. In fact, it is this hard work that puts them ahead of everyone else.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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