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The time Michael Jordan took charge on Kobe Bryant, delivered great one-liner

Wizards star Michael Jordan and Lakers star Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES - 2003: Kobe Bryant #8 of the Los Angeles Lakers has a laugh with Michael Jordan #23 of the Washington Wizards during a 2003 NBA game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2003 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Kobe Bryant once claimed he saw Michael Jordan take a charge only once. And that’s from someone who watched a lot of Jordan.

Bryant might have missed a few drawn charges, but he definitely saw at least one.

While playing the Lakers with the Wizards, Jordan took a charge on Bryant. Bryant initially objected to the call then shifted into playfully swinging at Jordan.

Actor John Cusak, who was sitting courtside, provided more details of that moment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Adam Howes created this brilliant edit:


Kobe got the ball. He cleared everybody out, and everybody started to bristle up with anticipation. And t was going to be Kobe against Michael. And Kobe started to drive, Michael stepped in front – right in front of me – and he took the charge. And he went down, and Kobe’s standing above him. And Michael just looked up, and he said, “Well, everybody in the f—ing building knew you weren’t going to pass.” And then there was a pause. And it was like the old pro got him, like the old vet got him. And Kobe just started laughing. They both started laughing.

It says so much about Jordan’s and Bryant’s relationship that these two great competitors shared a laugh together during a game.

Also, check out the cameo from new Clippers coach Tyronn Lue in the video.