This is a story about what may be the most famous trash-talker in basketball history, Michael Jordan. Not only was he one of the best to ever play the game, but his trash-talking skills are legendary and have been mentioned time and time again since then. It all started early on with Dan Patrick during an interview on ESPN Classic’s SportsCentury special that aired May 1993 where Jordan talked smack not just once but twice!

If you’ve followed basketball for a long time, you’ve certainly heard a lot about Michael Jordan and his notorious trash talk. His Airness was determined to win at all costs and wasn’t hesitant to engage in some verbal combat to do so. That was true even off the court, as Charles Barkley discovered the hard way.

Sir Charles was once holding court at a charity golf game, according to Dan Patrick, and eliciting some chuckles from those in attendance. That didn’t sit well with MJ, who came in with some nasty trash talk to knock Barkley down.

To keep Charles Barkley from stealing the limelight, Michael Jordan utilized some championship-based trash talk.

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Charles Barkley has received several reminders throughout the years about his inability to win an NBA title. Michael Jordan, it seems, was responsible for at least one of them.

Dan Patrick reportedly told Ernie Johnson, “I was at the Jimmy Valvano golf tournament many, many years ago, and I’m at a table with Digger Phelps, Quinn Buckner, Lou Holtz, Barkley, and Michael Jordan.” “And Chuck is retaliating against Michael a little bit, and then, all of a sudden, Jordan’s competitor kicks in.” Then he went straight for the knees. Chuck was getting all the laughs, so he wanted to take him out in front of us. ‘You never won a championship, did you?’ Michael said. Then, all of a sudden, it came to a halt.”

That remark, as you could assume, ruined the atmosphere. MJ not only put Barkley in his place, but he also put a stop to the laughter.

“And then it stopped being enjoyable,” Patrick continued. “After then, it was no longer enjoyable.” And you’re like, “All right.” It seems like you can always win an argument this way, when you say, ‘You didn’t win a championship.’”

It’s terrible that Barkley’s lack of a ring will eternally define him.

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After Patrick ended his narrative, Ernie Johnson complimented Chuck on his ability to deal with constant criticisms regarding his lack of NBA titles. While it is one way to look at things in a good perspective, it does show a collective flaw among sports enthusiasts.

Although it’s acceptable to link things to championships — after all, some fans wait their whole lives for one – it’s not quite fair. Obtaining a championship requires a team effort that is largely reliant on chance. A player may be at the wrong position at the wrong moment on occasion.

Is it really fair to hold someone like Barkley’s luck against him? Should his 16 seasons of excellent basketball, 11 all-star selections, and one NBA MVP award be overshadowed by the fact that he had the misfortune of playing directly against Michael Jordan?

While everyone may make that decision for himself, I’d argue that we should all try to avoid being so engrossed in competitions that we overlook the forest for the trees. Part of the appeal of sports is seeing individuals do remarkable feats; yet, if you’re just focused on championships, it’s easy to overlook this.

To return to Barkley, it’s natural that his lack of playoff success has defined him for the rest of his career. Having said that, Sir Charles was a very accomplished footballer who deserved to be honored with flowers. Don’t let Jordan’s, Shaquille O’Neal’s, or anybody else’s jibes get in the way of that truth.

Basketball-Reference.com provided the statistics.

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