Eagles HC Nick Sirianni takes Michael Jordan’s way of inspiring his team by showing them clips of 49ers players talking trash
The infamous feud between James Bradberry and Deebo Samuel heightened this week, when the 49ers' WR called Bradberry "trash."
Nick Sirianni and Michael Jordan (Via X and Marca)
As the mega matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers is scheduled for this Monday, head coach Nick Sirianni has come up with quite an effective strategy to fire up Eagles players. And that strategy is taking the insults by opponents personally!
Both the Eagles and the 49ers acknowledge the tension ahead of the mega week 13 game. The two faced up against last season at the crucial game of the NFC championship, where Philadelphia defeated San Francisco and advanced to the Super Bowl. This season, the Eagles are again leading the division with 10-1 standings, while the 49ers are at 8-3.
However, that didn’t stop them from trash-talking the upcoming opponents, Philadelphia. Plus, the infamous feud between James Bradberry and Deebo Samuel heightened this week, when the latter called the former “trash.”
Amidst the whole drama, head coach Sirianni is using it to his advantage to inspire his team. He showed the team the clips of 49ers players trash-talking them, urging the Eagles to take this insult personally, like how the legend Michael Jordan did when his opponents trash-talked him, via Jay Glazer.
Jordan, who is arguably known to be the greatest basketball player of all time, was trash-talked by opponents during the Eastern Conference semi-finals of the 1998 NBA playoffs.
How did Michael Jordan take revenge in the 1998 Eastern Conference semi-finals?
Back in 1998, at the Eastern Conference semi-finals, the Chicago Bulls faced off against the Charlotte Hornets. As the Bulls won the first game, former Bulls’ star B.J. Armstrong was more than confident in the defeat, based on his insider knowledge of how the Bulls played. He had played alongside Jordan for several years, claimed on The Last Dance:
The Bulls were a far superior team, and they knew it … but I knew how to beat them.
Not to his surprise, Armstrong pulled off the game as he overpowered Jordan in the second game held in Chicago, giving the Hornets a monumental lead. But after that win, Armstrong made sure to rub the loss on Jordan’s nose, saying:
I hit that shot, and I remember, I let Michael know. I let Phil Jackson know, I let Scottie know, I let everybody that I knew over there know
Jordan was not happy at all. As he told in The Last Dance:
BJ should know better. If you're going to high-five, talk trash, now I had a bone to pick with you.
And he sure did. In the third game of the series, the NBA king walked onto Charlotte Coliseum. BJ soon realized where he went wrong, and argued that Jardon “came after” him in the rest of the series. The Bulls won the game with a 14-point victory, finishing the series with 4-1.
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