After viewing The Last Dance documentary, one thing was totally clear, Michael Jordan is the GOAT of pettiness.
In an appearance on the All The Smoke podcast, Rip Hamilton recalled how Jordan, prior to making his return to the court, had once traded second-year guard Laron Profit for trash talk that was a little too aggressive.
“I remember one time, we were playing in practice, and Prof might’ve hit a shot on MJ, and he was running down the court. ‘Yeah, you can’t guard me with them old-ass knees,’” Hamilton said. Now again, Jordan is the king of pettiness, so you know that didn’t sit well with his Airness.
Hamilton said Jordan, who served as the Wizards’ president of basketball operations prior to his NBA comeback, was “heated” over Profit’s comments.
“I went into my exit meeting, (Jordan) was like, ‘OK, Rip, you know, your man, your buddy … he outta here,'” Hamilton recalled. “He said, ‘But you gonna be there by yourself, and you ain’t gonna have your buddy to co-sign. You’re gonna be on an island by yourself.'”
The Wizards traded Profit and a first-round pick to the Orlando Magic for the draft rights to Brendan Haywood in August 2001.
We all know Jordan is one of the most competitive athletes to ever play any sport. He was the ultimate trash talker and it appears he didn’t like being on the other end of the trash talk.