MICHAEL Jordan’s trash talking skills remain notorious long after his retirement as Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob recently found out.
The former Chicago Bulls star was not about to let the Golden State Warriors forget their (un)forgettable 73-win regular season that ended in a catastrophic collapse in the 2016 NBA Finals where they blew a 3-1 lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
During a recent dinner of NBA team owners, Lacob revealed that Jordan made a scathing remark on the Warriors 73-win regular season mark.
Lacob shared to a Bay Area sports radio show on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) of his not-so-pleasant encounter with Jordan, after the six-time NBA champ and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets brought a season he considered ‘one of the greatest years you could ever have in any sport’ crashing back to earth.
“You know, the moment that kind of hurt me the most… in New York having a bunch of dinners with Michael Jordan and other owners,” said Lacob who was with other owners working on the league’s new collective bargaining agreeement.
“Anyway, Michael Jordan — people are drinking and having a good time, and all that — but there was a moment where he said, ‘You know, 73 don’t mean s---t,'” added the Warriors owner who was left stunned by Jordan’s brash remark.
“He did it, Michael Jordan did that. And I looked at him, and I just decided not to make a big deal of it. I said, ‘You know, you’re right, we didn’t win it, we had to get better.’”
Lacob declined to contradict His Airness’ remarks but admitted he was personally stung by the comment.
“[Jordan] was fantastic, and I’m not going to cross him, but that kind of hurt,” he said.
Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 72-10 record during the 1995-96 season which they then capped with a Finals 4-2 victory against the Seattle SuperSonics (the franchise that would become the Oklahoma City Thunder).
Hurt as he was with the stinging reminder, Lacob admitted the Finals meltdown was ‘painful more to the players’ than to him. But the Warriors owner still lauded his team for an incredible feat last year.
“I know people all say, ‘Oh, well you didn’t win the championship,’ all the talking heads,” said Lacob. “You know what, we didn’t. But it was still an incredible year, and I will never forget it, and we should be very proud of it.”