Michael Jordan may be a legend for the way he played but he was also a legendary trash talker. He once told Reggie Miller to call him "Black Jesus" and even the set of Space Jam wasn't safe from his smack talk.
Since Space Jam was a basketball movie at heart, when there was downtime, Jordan would organize pickup games between the actors and the other NBA players in the film. Like he would often do during a regular NBA game, Jordan made sure everyone knew that he was the best basketball player there.
From Grantland's interview with actor Keith Gibbs, an extra on Space Jam:
Did Jordan trash-talk you?
Oh yeah, nonstop. [Laughs.]
He didn’t give a s---t who you were. When I was doing Space Jam, we played three days. I thought it was over. I had to go out of town. I get a phone call, they’re like, “Why aren’t you here?” I was like, “Oh, they’re still playing?” I had no idea.
I walk in, and it’s Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Alonzo Mourning, Charles Oakley. Grant Hill shows up. Jerry Stackhouse shows up. Now, all of a sudden it’s an NBA All-Star pickup game. Every night. I did that for about a month and a half, two months. Then the UCLA kids came in, and they had just won a national title — Ed O’Bannon and those guys. Just phenomenal. Best pickup games I’ve ever been a part of. It was unreal.
Yeah, so Jordan … I had to guard Reggie Miller and Michael Jordan in back-to-back games. It was so bad. I was friends with Chris Mills and Tracy Murray — we had been to some camps together. One play, I got switched onto Jordan, because Chris was like, “Keith, you take him.” Jordan hit a 35-footer on me. I mean, it was ridiculous: leg out, tongue out, all that stuff … hit a 35-footer on me and goes, “GET THE F*CK OFF THE COURT.”
Stories like this show that Jordan was a true legend. He talked the talk and walked the walk.