“Voshon Lenard, you can’t guard me, not tonight. Why are you even trying?”: When Michael Jordan talked trash to the Heat star and delivered on the same

Raahib Singh
|Published April 09, 2022

Bulls legend Michael Jordan dished Heat forward Voshon Lenard a ton of trash and delivered upon the same as well

Throughout the 75 years of NBA, there hasn’t been a player who dished sh*t like Michael Jordan and actually owned up to it. The Bulls legend tried to find small things to hold against people and use it as motivation to take down any opponent.

Michael Jordan had a rare ability to flip a switch and level up his performance at any given moment in a contest. This is one of the things that struck fear in MJ’s opponents, along with his talent to back up his talk.

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Another thing about Michael Jordan was his ability to remember the smallest incidents that occurred with a player in previous contests, and use it as motivation for the next time he faced them. Voshon Lenard faced the same first hand in 1998. He had talked sh*t after he ‘put the clamps’ on the Bulls’ legend in Game 4 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.

“Let’s start from 0-0, see who scores all the points”: Michael Jordan to Voshon Lenard

In 1997, the Chicago Bulls were coming off an NBA record season, getting 72 wins and a championship. They were planning to repeat their success, and were in the ECF. Voshon Lenard seemed to put the clamps on Jordan in Game 4 of the series. MJ went 0/11 from the field in the first half, and attempted 15 FGs before making his first shot. Lenard challenged MJ to go 1-on-1 when the Heat were up 25. MJ cut the lead to 7 by the end of the game.

In 1998, when they met in the regular season, MJ remembered the same. He talked trash to Voshon right from the start.

“You can’t guard me. Not tonight. Why are you even trying?’”

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Well, MJ did exactly what he said. He finished the game with a game-high 37 points, leading the Bulls to a 106-91 win. I guess the lesson to take home here is that you don’t talk sh*t to the GOAT, unless you are ready to face the heat.


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Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh

Raahib Singh is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. A Computer Science Engineer by qualification, Raahib's passion for sports drew him toward TSR. He started playing basketball when he was 14, and fell in love with the sport ever since. His interest in the NBA developed at the same time as when Stephen Curry put the entire league on notice. Raahib was spellbound by Steph and the Warriors and has been a fan since. From starting off as a Warriors fan, Raahib has evolved into someone who can never miss a good game of basketball. He converts his love for the game and the knowledge he has gained into the articles he writes. In his spare time, he enjoys cricket, going for walks, and murder mysteries.

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