- JR Smith said Michael Jordan “smoked” him in a round of golf.
- Smith said Jordan trash-talked “the whole time,” even jabbing Smith about his good-but-not-great career.
- Smith said he was in awe of Jordan, who also won hundreds of dollars off Smith during the round.
Michael Jordan’s competitive fire still burns, according to former NBA player JR Smith.
Speaking to Complex, Smith, who now competes in Division I golf with North Carolina A&T, said he recently played a round with Jordan.
Smith said the two were even after the first round, but Jordan “smoked” him in the second, beating him by three strokes.
Asked if Jordan “talked shit,” Smith replied: “The whole time.”
Smith said after making wagers on the next round — clarifying that he wanted to place bets worth hundreds of dollars, not thousands — Jordan proceeded to belittle Smith.
“He threw this jab at me, low key,” Smith recalled. “He said, ‘Yeah, you had a good career. It wasn’t a great one. You had a good one.'”
Smith added: “I was like, Oh, that’s a good one.”
While Smith’s career might not compare to that of the six-time champion and five-time MVP, he still had a great career by almost any stretch. The 36-year-old averaged 12 points per game over 16 seasons, won Sixth Man of the Year in 2012-13 and two championships, and ranks 17th all-time in made threes.
Still, Jordan’s ruthlessness was enough to throw Smith off his game and to win several hundreds of dollars.
“It was one of the most childish feelings I’ve felt as a grown-ass man,” Smith said of the experience.
“That’s Mike, bro. I couldn’t stop looking at him like, ‘Yo, he got the Jordan’s.'”
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—Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 3, 2022