Quantcast
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  51 responses

Michael Jordan Dominates OJ Mayo at MJ’s Camp (VIDEO)

Taking him to Flight School.

Thanks to the Internet, we now have definitive proof of Michael Jordan’s recently-told story of torching a young OJ Mayo at his camp a few years back (MJ was 43 at the time, while Mayo was finishing up high school.)

(H/T: Larry Brown Sports)

  • Add a Comment
  • Share
  • RSS

Tags: , ,

  • Karan Madhok

    EPIC!

  • CCT

    This is not a surprise.

  • Kev

    why does it take so many years for that to become a story?

  • KSupreme

    That was dope. I remember people had mayo to be the next KOBE….he’s good, but not that good

  • Dfrance

    MJs fadeway and backpeddle is one of the prettiest images in basketball history.

    MJ really likes baggy clothes. lol

  • Dfrance

    People had OJ skipping his senior season of HS to go to the NBA. The hype was unreal.

  • TR

    Wasnt he already like 20 his senior year? Did people not know that?

  • Herm Cain

    The greatest ever still at it he can still avg 15 today at 50 just couldn’t get guard anybody

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    OJ should have transitioned to PG. and learned from either billups or andre miller because he could be a great pg even though he isn’t as athletic as rose or westbrook.

    he couldve been a more athletic billups.

    i really though bill walker at 16 was better dunker than almost every in the nba even vince carter.

    his skillset needed refinement but injuries hampered his career.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    wow no way.

  • Kadavour

    aw man, I gotta semi-co-sign that Bill Walker statement. dude was a beast in HS. kid could jump outta the gym

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Lol So OJ didn’t score on him? Wheres that video

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    and he tore his acl in 8th grade and still was elevating. If he had not injuries and had that smoothness in his game like oj.

    he’d be storming the league.

  • Dfrance

    He was at least 19, but people didn’t talk about his age much. He was just a junior in HS putting up some impressive numbers. lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they tried that. He wasn’t able to pressure PG’s like you want out of your lead guy. and on offense he had a lot of trouble getting to his spots. so the offense would get started with just 14-16 seconds left on the shot clock. he just couldn’t do it. they tried, it failed.

  • spit hot fiyah

    that’s dope, i just saw the video of mike talking about it yesterday

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    when he was on the grizzlies, but with experience and learning the game I think he can transition to a pg now even though the bucks won’t try it.

  • WTT

    I wonder how much trash MJ wanted to (did?) talk while he was playing here haha

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    learning the game? he was a polished pro prospect when he was 16 years old. he knows the game better than most 10 year vets. he just can’t play PG. especially defensively, it’s just not in the cards for him.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    How can neglect the fact that ON-JOB training has no value? His body matured as well.

    If he gets the right mentors he still can change his game/position. Depends on what team is willing to take a chance. Bucks signed brandon knight. I’d rather have OJ at pg then knight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    his body has not matured…….have you been watching OJ since high school? he finished puberty when he was like 15 years old man. he hasn’t changed physically. he’s been 6’4″ 200lb since the days of that video above. why do you think everyone thought he was the next Kobe? because they thought he was still maturing….but he wasn’t. he was already done.
    .
    and here, let me make this really really simple. how many SG’s in history have made a successful transition over to PG? (there is ONE, and it wasn’t really a case of him being a good PG as much as fitting the system, but we’ll see if you even know).

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    i have as illustrated by the bill walker comment.

    whether i know or not about that specific historical situation doesn’t have any relevance about oj mayo’s case. players are different, situations are different.

    I heard those kobe comaprisons too, but how many people compare top high school guard prospec to MJ, Lebron, Kobe. I mean Lebron was being called the next MJ. You can even check Deswhan stevenson by NBADRAFT.net was compared to michael. I don’t think people’s opinions are great use of evidence. The majority isn’t necessarily right.

    in this modern game. many point guards are more scoring than in the past. So what style of point guard you are referring to also matters.

    Do I think OJ can be as pure of a pg as John Stockton… NO.

    but He can do as good of job as Damian Lillard or Jrue Holiday.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    except he’s much slower than Damian Lillard and Jrue Holiday. He can’t guard PG’s and he can’t get to his spots. Again, they tried it. It didn’t work. OJ isn’t getting anymore athletic, and that’s the primary problem with him trying to play that position.

    .

    and all your Bill Walker comment did was prove that you are batsh*t crazy. you just said you thought Bill Walker was a better dunker than Vince Carter……the Vince Carter who is widely considered the best in game dunker in basketball history.

    The Vince Carter who did this, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMrPjl-927Q – and you thought some HS kid who had some pretty cool dunks was a better dunker……..

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Lol that dunk was tight. I even had a pair of those shocks with the black sides. Andre Miller who is extremely slow can still run the pg and guard those positions. Jkidd was guarding the point guard position when he was slow. Experience helps and redefining your game is possible. Kidd did it.

    I remember vince’s dunks. I’ve seen Ismail Muhammad do a similar dunk while he was at Georgia Tech.

    Vince top 5 best in game dunker in the NBA has ever had. but in terms being greatest dunker of all time. Ronnie Fields, Ronnie Fields, Ronnie Fields. You can’t argue opinions as fact. You can only provide justifications for them.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I don’t think OJ will have difficulty running PG. He should be in the first place, he’s at a size disadvantage at the 2 some nights. but more importantly his IQ and Skillset is better suited to run PG. WHich is not crazy to state. Remember BEN Wallace was attempting to play SG for the Orlando Magic when he tried out with them and ended as one the greatest centers the Pistons franchise ever produced. Historical evidence isn’t helpful for this discussion. I think we should analyze if OJ has the capacity too and would he make a better PG then brandon knight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Jason Kidd and Andre Miller have been getting destroyed by opposing PG’s for the last 3 years. That’s why they didn’t start, or play the majority of their minutes guarding anything but SG’s. Actually WATCH games before you make these assumptions.
    .
    ok, you keep your opinion about Bill Walker and Ronnie Fields. Their HS dunking exploits really are something to marvel about, not what Vince Carter was doing at the highest level against the best defenses. that makes sense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Brandon Knight is a SG too. Detroit knew that, Milwaukee is about to figure it out too.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lol knight may be faster than mayo, but in terms of IQ OJ is higher and has a better technical sense of the game than Knight. I really want to see Mayo link up with Stockton or Mark Jackson to really learn point. Not only will he excel at it and potentially be a top 3 pg, but also his career will last longer.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    BOTH of those guys can’t play PG. keep believing whatever you want, but it is what it is. you can’t change a person’s personality. neither of their games work as a PG. as least not at anything more than at a below average level.

    .

    the OJ to point guard movement is dead. and the Brandon Knight one will be soon enough. The question now is, what position will Giannis Antetokounmpo play, and will they give him enough playing time to fulfill his potential.

  • Slick Ric

    MJ “Uncle Drewed” young blood.

  • LakeShow

    Did ya’ll enjoy that as much as I did?? AWESOME!

  • LakeShow

    I like OJ Mayo. I wish he was better…

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    experimentation doesn’t stop with one failure. Ingenuity. I don’t see the how Giannis will play in the league from the tape I’ve seen on him. Apparently the competition he played in wasn’t all that great either.

    But definitely hit me back up on the other thread when you figure out a good modern player comparison for bill russell. I may be wrong in the comparison but I don’t think russell would do as well statistically as he did in the game today.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Do some Bill Russell related research.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    what methodology of research do you use to arrive at your conclusions? Like what is your approach. I just use information I’ve gathered from reading, watching NBA TV, watching games, watching documentaries. Is there a specific school of thought that you use when assimilating data. I don’t have access to espn insider nor do i want it. I only post on slam because this is only true grassroots. I mean after Scoop left the magazine and culture hasn’t been the same.

    His blocking ability was unique during his time because not many players were as gifted offensively or were as athletic. Also check his player to player comparisons when he matched up with Wilt not what team won but how he did against Wilt, who I believe would still be dominant today. There wasn’t even a concept of posterizing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    It’s simple. If you think his comparison is Dikembe Mutombo you don’t have any semblance of an understanding on how he played. Or you don’t know anything about Dikembe Mutombo…probably both.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I don’t russell would have maintained his passing abilities because the game today is played at a much faster pace. I don’t think he would have rebounded as well because there are more bigs than he played against.

    I’m not saying that he would be Dikembe but the impact dikembe had he would have or ben wallace (not comparing style of play). 2 defensive player of the years. if on the right team win a title. but no way would he have the rebounding stats he had when he was playing.

    You can criticize but you don’t have reasoning/ evidence to support your claim.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    same I was hoping he would’ve gone to the lakers this year.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Do you know anything about the actual human being inside of Bill Russell’s body? Do you actually know a single thing about him aside from whatever you have allegedly seen..which I’m assuming is just his stats and physical measurements

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I’ve seen him play in black and white. I’ve heard red comment on him. I know he was a player-coach at sometime. He coached the kings at some point.

    Wait how does that have anything to do with what I’m saying. How does his personality some how give him greater basketball talent. The challenge of situations can change how strong an individual is. Your asking me to based on psycological evaluation say Russell would have been great.

    Like I said the Russell that played with the celtics. If you took that same russell when Shaq, Ewing, Hakeem, Robinson I don’t see how russell would have been better than any of them. Remember Russell didn’t play Wilt every game.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    I’m done. I’m sorry, but you just aren’t worth the time it would take to explain. You know almost nothing about what you are talking about. This is like talking to a child about what it’s like to be in a war, and his point of reference is call of duty.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    That’s not appropriate. You can give an explanation but statements like that are unmerited. If you don’t want to speak I understand. Maybe on a different thread different topic

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Lol no. Kidd played ago and Andre miller because their running mates were smaller pgs and their coach would have them at the 2 as another playmaker. Nuggets used that against the lakers 2 yrs back. Plus mayo is more athletic than steph curry. Why can’t oj become steph. I think it’s based on basketball iq.

    What are you saying.

    First fields never got a chance. 2nd walker had his 4 or 5th ACL injury.

  • ToldUSo

    That last fade away. Too smooth. Straight up are.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    let’s just put it like this, you say you watched Bill Russell play,
    .
    a guy who physically is closer to Kevin Durant than Dikembe Mutombo.
    .
    but you still don’t understand that he didn’t just stand under the basket, block shots and rebound? he was the centerpiece of their offense, they ran the ball through him at the pinch (the corner of the FT line if you don’t know what that is), he was their main half-court set distributor. Mutombo on the other hand was not featured as anything more than a last resort offensively.
    .
    on Defense, Russell could contain 5 positions, and he could keep up with every player on the court (him and Chamberlain were by far the best athlete’s in the league. the difference between him and everyone else was like the difference between LeBron and Dikembe Mutombo for point of reference).
    .
    i find it disrespectful for you to just guess at things. and that’s all you do. if you don’t see how you are “guessing” go read Caboose’s list of stupid sh*t you have said, then go back and try and back any of it up with any stats or tape. Or find another opinion, anywhere on the internet, that supports your feelings.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Please read my post above “I don’t russell would have maintained his passing abilities because the
    game today is played at a much faster pace. I don’t think he would have
    rebounded as well because there are more bigs than he played against”

    You are assuming that the skills he had against those pre-modern basketball players would be the same as if it were today. I am saying that I don’t think those skills would translate because their are much bigger, stronger, more athletic players. Do i think bill would still have a decent impact yes because of physical gifts, but I don’t see why you are assuming that Bill’s abilities (primarily defensively) would maintain even when he faces modern era players.
    I even mentioned above that Wilt’s physique and athleticism is was elite in the modern age. Russell’s isn’t. Your position is as much of a hypothesis as mine. Having somebody cosign your statement isn’t evidence it is an opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Please read my post above “I don’t russell would have maintained his passing abilities because the
    game today is played at a much faster pace. I don’t think he would have
    rebounded as well because there are more bigs than he played against”

    .
    the game is actually played at a much slower pace today
    .
    .
    again, you have NO IDEA what you are talking about. i’m not reading the rest.

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    was the answer Ron Harper?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yessir. good work

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    yay me.

  • Dash Jones

    so i guess he really is gonna suit up for the ‘cats this season

Advertisement