‘I Whip His A**’- Actor Anthony Anderson Recalls the Time He Played Michael Jordan in a Game of Dominoes

Published 01/20/2021, 11:13 AM EST
Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls during the 1997 McDonald’s Championship. (Photo by Dimitri Iundt/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)


Michael Jordan is easily one of the most competitive men to ever live. One doesn’t win 6 NBA Championships without being a fierce competitor. However, one also has to lose sometimes, and MJ has those moments in card games. ‘Black-ish’ star Anthony Anderson described how a game of dominoes he played against MJ went to Conan O’Brien.

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“(Jordan) turned to my wife, and he said, ‘Sweetheart, I suggest you go to the bank and take out as much money as you can because after I whip his ass, he will not be able to provide for you and your children’. I just wanted a friendly game of bones with my basketball hero.”

“I commenced to whip his ass in dominoes. Conan, he doesn’t score another point. I’m talking so much trash that before I domino, I say, ‘Oh my God.’ I said, ‘MJ, I wish me and my wife could go upstairs and make another baby right now because we would name him or her MJ just so we could relive this moment right now, and my baby would get older and say, ‘Daddy, why did you name me MJ?’ and I could relive the moment that I just whipped your ass.”

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Michael Jordan and his competitive spirit

DATE: 10/20/01 PHOTO BY : JOEL RICHARDSON DIG MICHAEL JORDAN AND THE WIZARDS HOST NEW JERSEY NETS (Photo by The The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The reaction MJ had to this loss is no surprise. Anderson further elaborates on how Jordan treated him after this incident. He says that Jordan refused to interact with him for the rest of the time they were together on the island. Jordan would ask Anderson to remove himself from group pictures, followed by a jibe on how Anderson isn’t as well-known as MJ.

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Michael Jordan does not like losing, and this entire story is further proof of it. But he won in the NBA Finals whenever he made it there, and that is ultimately what matters the most for his legacy. But good show by Anthony Anderson to topple his childhood hero in a game of dominoes. If ‘The Last Dance’ is any indicator, this was no easy feat on Anderson’s part.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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