Ex-Bulls Forward Jason Caffey: Michael Jordan Was 'Relentless' with Trash Talk

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2020

FILE - In this June 9, 1996 file photo Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan stands during a break at the end of an NBA Basketball game against the Seattle SuperSonics in Seattle. A Bismarck, N.D., man who used to own McDonald's restaurants is about $10,000 richer after selling a 20-year-old container of McJordan barbecue sauce Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, to a buyer in Chicago. The sauce was used on McJordan Burgers, named for basketball icon in limited markets for a short time in the 1990s, when Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)
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One aspect of Michael Jordan's career that has been highlighted in The Last Dance is his propensity for trash talk. 

Jason Caffey, who played two-plus seasons with the Chicago Bulls from 1995-98, told ESPN's David Fleming that Jordan was "relentless with the trash talk" to the point he would go after anything he could. 

"I mean, he'd talk s--t about everything; he'd talk s--t about your coffee," said Caffey.

Jordan has been open throughout the documentary about how difficult he could be as a teammate. Episode eight, for instance, featured the five-time NBA MVP and Steve Kerr discussing a fight they had during practice in the 1995-96 season. 

Former Bulls center Will Perdue said in episode seven that Jordan "was an a--hole" and "crossed the line numerous times.”

While acknowledging how difficult he could be to play with, Jordan said in the episodes that his "mentality was to go out and win at any cost" and anyone who didn't "get on the same level, then it's going to be hell for you."

The results suggest that Jordan's strategy helped lead to success. He led the Bulls to six NBA championships in eight years from 1990-98 and is regarded as arguably the best basketball player ever. 

A first-round pick by the Bulls in 1995, Caffey won back-to-back titles with the team in his first two seasons. He played in the final five games of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz