Yesterday on TNLP, we featured a video of Michael Jordan schooling O.J. Mayo from the year of 2006 and now, O.J. Mayo has officially given his side of the story
Mayo spoke with Bucks broadcaster Jim Paschke for Bucks.com and below is the full video of the interview of Mayo talking about how his one-on-one meeting with Jordan went from his perspective:
In case you can’t view the video, here are some of the highlights as transcribed by Ball Don’t Lie:
Well, I happened to be the only high school player there. It was mainly freshmen in college. And so [Jordan] came on the court and he guarded me, so I was like, “Man, he must think I’m … not the strong link over here.” I got it going a little bit, and obviously, it’s any ballplayer’s dream to play against Mike — I couldn’t tell you how many times I did his move after the finals the next day in the rec center and stuff. I got a few buckets, and I think the campers knew I was the only high school kid, so they got rowdy a little bit and we got a little bit of jawing.
I think we played two games — I think we split one and one. It was a team game. And then he said, “OK, now let me handle my business,” and he looked me in my face […] He said, “I need all the campers and everybody to leave. Let’s clear the gym.” I said, “Oh, man.”
We continued playing pickup and, you know, Mike was Mike. You know, he was jawing a little bit, and he was really getting into me defensively. He was backing me down and saying, “You better scream for Mama. Ma-ma. Ma-ma.” Hit the famous fadeaway on me, and then I said, “OK, OK, you got it going.” He said, “Hey, young fella, let me tell you something.” He said, “You may be the best high school player in the world, but I’m the greatest ever. Don’t you ever disrespect the great like that.”
Mayo image courtesy of Getty Images