Magic Johnson didn’t talk trash on the basketball court very often, and he especially didn’t talk trash to his good friend Michael Jordan. He had heard about some of MJ’s most infamous trash-talking moments, and he knew better than to get on his bad side. But during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night, Magic revealed that he did make an exception once and try to go at MJ. And guess what? It didn’t end well for him.
According to Magic, he and MJ were on opposing teams during a Dream Team practice back in 1992 when he decided that he was going to poke the bear. The team that Magic was playing on, which featured players from the NBA’s Western Conference, was leading the team MJ was playing on, which featured players from the Eastern Conference, by 10 points. So Magic walked up to MJ and told him he was going to need to “turn into Air Jordan” if his team was going to have any chance of coming back. And unfortunately for Magic, that’s exactly what MJ did. Here’s the story Magic told to Jimmy Kimmel.