"FORTY"
Steve Smith and Michael Jordan used to enjoy trash talking on the basketball court from time to time.  Occasionally, even to each other.  On NBATV’s Open Court, Smith recounted a time he had to guard MJ, and what his Airness said to make the game more fun:

“One time he started counting backwards.  He said something like ‘38,’ and I didn’t get it.  And he starts saying ‘36.’  So, wait a minute, wait a minute…he’s going backwards?  Now if he gets to zero, he got 40 (points).”

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"FORTY"

Steve Smith and Michael Jordan used to enjoy trash talking on the basketball court from time to time.  Occasionally, even to each other.  On NBATV’s Open Court, Smith recounted a time he had to guard MJ, and what his Airness said to make the game more fun:

One time he started counting backwards.  He said something like ‘38,’ and I didn’t get it.  And he starts saying ‘36.’  So, wait a minute, wait a minute…he’s going backwards?  Now if he gets to zero, he got 40 (points).”

[watch]

#GotEmCoach