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"You can’t guard me...Why are you even trying?" - When Michael Jordan got his revenge on a Miami Heat trash-talker

Michael Jordan made sure he put a Miami Heat trash-talker in his place
When Michael Jordan got his revenge

Michael Jordan

Back in the 90s, players could do pretty much anything, and the referees would let them play more often than not. But if there was one thing they were not supposed to be doing, and that involved talking trash to Michael Jordan.

Apparently, former Miami Heat guard Voshon Lenard didn't get the memo, so he paid the price.

Voshon made a terrible mistake

In the 1997 NBA playoffs, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls were hoping to pick up where they left off, having finished the past season with a historic 72-10 record. In a nutshell, the Bulls were killing it. MJ led Chicago to a dominant 3-0 sweep over the Washington Bullets in the first round and went on to beat the Atlanta Hawks in five games in the Eastern Conference semis. In the final round, the Bulls crossed paths with their then-arch-rivals Miami Heat, where Voshon Lenard played as a shooting guard.

Miami was the second-best team in the East that season, so the Bulls already knew what was coming. However, Jordan did not let any Heat players derail Chicago's incredible run. In the first three games, "His Airness" almost single-handedly lifted the Bulls to a commanding 3-0 lead over Miami, averaging 31.3 points in that particular stretch.

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In Game 4, the Heat managed to survive getting swept but not because they played better than the Bulls. Instead, it was because Jordan wasn't in the zone that night, missing his first 15 shots and going 0 for 11 in the first half.

The Heat capitalized on it and built a 25-point lead. Lenard got too excited and decided to trash-talk MJ. The exact words Lenard shared with Jordan that night were never revealed; however, MJ's revenge began right from the next tipoff. In Game 5, Jordan and the Bulls closed the series out with a blowout 100-87 win. MJ scored a game-high 28 points.

MJ wasn't done

Just as Lenard thought that Jordan was done with him after the Bulls eliminated the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals, "His Airness" went at him again. In the first meeting of the Bulls and the Heat in the 1997-98 season, a fired-up Jordan hounded Lenard all game long. And as we can all imagine, Jordan was talking trash the whole time as well.

When asked to reveal what he said to Lenard after the game, Craig Sager quoted Jordan as saying, "You can't guard me. Not tonight! And why are you even trying?"

In a post-game interview, Jordan shared further details about the story while doing his best to stop himself from grinning.

"The last time we were playing, [Lenard] he said, 'Let's go play 1-on-1.' With them 25 points up. I said, 'Let's start right from scratch, 0-0. Let's play 1-on-1 and see who scores all the points."

The lesson of the story is pretty simple, and that is that it's never a great idea to trash-talk MJ, especially when your team is winning.

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