Kevin Garnett might be known as one of the more ferocious competitors in NBA history, but even he knew not to mess with Michael Jordan.
The Hall of Famer appeared on Wednesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new book, and when the late-night host asked him about his rules for trash-talking, Garnett said he learned a valuable lesson from The GOAT.
KG: In the short form of it, Jimmy. I woke up a sleeping dog. And it wasn’t pleasant.
JK: Michael Jordan?
KG: That big dog Michael Jordan. He bites, and he plays hard. I kind of got a warning shot, but I didn’t really take warning to that warning shot. It just turned bad Jimmy. It turned really bad. It turned really bad, Jimmy.
Garnett doesn’t go into specifics, but he does say he was having arguably the best game of his young career up until he opened his mouth. The festy 19-year-old learned then and there the valuable lesson of letting “some sleeping dogs lie.”
In fact, he said to this day that he hasn’t heard the end of it from Jordan, and that’s where he shared arguably the funniest part of the whole interview.
It’s definitely burnt into my brain. Whenever I see Jordan, he always does the same thing. He palms my head and says, ‘you remember I gave you 4o in three quarters?’ … And then he has this, like, sidekick of people around him, and he’s like, ‘hey, pull that up!’ And then a guy goes and pulls it up! I’m like, ‘what is this? What’s the matter with – this is really Jordan brand. Who walks around with content T’d up!?'”
That’s right, Garnett said that Jordan would literally have someone pull up the highlights on their phone of him figuratively (and probably literally) dunking all over Garnett. I mean, how insanely boss is that? I wish I could just have someone always by my side to hand my friends footage of my best insults or most dominant Madden victories over the years.
Anyway, the Jordan content starts at the 2:00 minute mark. Definitely give it a watch.