MJ tells UNC frosh to ditch the Kobes, makes a Final Four deal

23 Mar

In the past two months, few things have been able to rattle red-hot North Carolina freshman swingman Harrison Barnes.

Michael Jordan sure did, though, last Saturday in Charlotte.

The day before UNC punched its ticket to the Sweet 16 with an 86-83 victory over Washington, the players exited the Time Warner Cable Arena and had an encounter with the most legendary Tar Heel of all-time, and he had some interesting words for Barnes involving his choice in footwear.

Jordan playfully chastised Barnes for wearing the trendy Nike Zoom Kobe VI — Kobe Bryant’s shoe. However, given Jordan’s famed, maniacal competitive streak, there probably was a strong hint of seriousness to his message, as Bryant’s kicks have gained significant ground on Jordan’s in terms of popularity with young players. He is, after all, the NBA’s active king of cool.
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