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"Who is this b***h?" - Former Nets guard Chris Childs recalls guarding Michael Jordan

It’s not every day that a prime Jordan would ask for his defender’s name. Foul word aside, Childs took it as a compliment
Chris Childs and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan, Chris Childs

Over the years, we’ve heard many stories revealing how savage Michael Jordan was as a trash-talker. As we all know, the GOAT did not only go off on his fellow NBA stars as his trash talk game applied to all types of players. Former New Jersey Nets point guard Chris Childs also had his fair share of it during his rookie season.

A tough task

According to Childs, then-Nets coach Butch Beard once tasked him to guard Jordan. Of course, Childs was well aware that MJ was the best player on the planet, and standing at 6-foot-3, he also knew he was giving away three inches of disadvantage. So when it was time to sub in, the California native came up with a plan: to play sticky defense on Jordan “15-17 feet” away from the basket, an area where Childs thought it was still possible to guard MJ.

“I remember vividly when I was with the Nets and I wasn’t starting at the time and Butch [Beard] put me in and I remember him saying to me, ‘You got Mike.’ and I said, ‘Alright, no problem,’“ Childs told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Bally Sports. “I’m guarding him and I’m 6’3” and Michael’s 6’6”, but I knew that I would have to get him off his spot and use my strength to take advantage because if he got me down 12-11 feet, he’s going to jump and shoot over me, so I had to push him out to 15-17 feet where I had the advantage.”

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Classic MJ

Childs’ plan seemed to have somehow worked. At one point, he managed to swipe the ball out of Jordan’s hands. To his surprise, MJ asked who Childs was.

“So, he did a move, and I knocked the ball out of his hand, and he looked over at the bench to [former Nets assistant coach] Paul Silas and said, ‘Who is this b**?’,” Childs recalled. “I didn’t hear it, but Paul Silas said in return, ‘At the end of the game, you’re gonna know who he is!’”

It’s not every day that a prime Jordan would ask for his defender’s name. Foul word aside, Childs took it as a compliment. And along with how Silas backed him against MJ, Childs likes to think of the entire scenario as his grand arrival in the league.

“That right there let me know I had arrived and just getting him [Jordan] riled up let me know that I could go out there and compete against the best,” he declared.

Indeed, Childs was able to build his confidence after that. In the following season, he significantly improved his numbers from 5.8 to 12.8 points and 4.1 to 7.0 assists per game.

It only shows that not all players Jordan salvaged with his trash talk got dejected; some, including Childs, used it as motivation.

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