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When Michael Jordan trash-talked the entire UNC dorm: "He'd call each room to let them know, 'Come to the gym'"

MJ went out of his way to announce his first return to the UNC campus for the summer pick-ups
Michael Jordan once trash talked the entire UNC campus

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Michael Jordan used to dominate pick-up games at UNC. Even when he left college to play for the Chicago Bulls, he'd return to Carmichael Auditorium in the summer to go up against both past and present North Carolina players. 

"The pros go on one end, and the college players go on the other, but you can crossover," MJ's former UNC teammate Kenny "The Jet" Smith said about juniors and seniors (Michael and Sam Perkins) being the ones picking the teams. 

But coming back as a rising NBA superstar was a lot different than being one of the college guys admiring the pros on the other side. Jordan knew it, and according to Smith, he capitalized on it.

"School's in session"

Despite being nowhere near the player he became in the NBA, Michael Jordan's game in college was already captivating enough. Once he got to the league and took that next step, MJ became basketball's biggest sensation. And he knew it very well. That's why he went out of his way to announce his first return to the UNC campus.

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"We had dorms, and our dorm numbers don't change," Smith said. "So if you've had dorm No.8, it's the same phone number next year. So when he comes in town -- this was before Instagram -- you'd hear the phones go 'ring,' and somebody would hang up; 'ring,' and you'd just hear it going down the hall."

It's him, and all he's saying is, 'School's in session.' So everybody coming to hallway and be like, 'Mike's here.' He'd go and call each room to let them know, 'Come to the gym.'

Kenny Smith, ALL THE SMOKE

Backing up his trash talk

MJ's plan worked. As a result, "4000 people were watching the pick-up games." But it also worked in a different sense because what was an invitation for others to come and see him play was also a warning for the players waiting to go up against him on the court. What followed was the first of many iconic MJ's on-court trash-talking stories Smith witnessed.

"Every time we win, you go get water, and I'm watching Mike and he's standing in the middle of center court. I walk up and I'm like, 'What are you doing?' He's like, 'I want them MFs to know that I'm not leaving the court. I'mma be the first to stand here and last.'"

Kenny Smith, ALL THE SMOKE

"He was the first dude that I met that could back up his trash, like every day," Kenny continued. "Every day! Always the talker and always backed it up.”


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