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Michael Jordan aims Duke-North Carolina joke at Mark Williams after Hornets pick him in NBA draft

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 6/27/2022 David Thompson, USA TODAY NETWORK
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Michael Jordan couldn't help but bring up the Duke and North Carolina basketball rivalry after the Charlotte Hornets took Mark Williams 15th overall during the 2022 NBA draft. 

During a call with Williams, a member of the Blue Devils team that lost to UNC in the Final Four last season, Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak congratulated him on being selected by Charlotte and then handed the phone to Jordan, the owner of the team and a Tar Heels legend. 

FILE - Basketball legend Michael Jordan speaks during a press conference ahead of an NBA basketball game between the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris, Jan. 24, 2020. The Charlotte Hornets have two picks in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday June 23, 2022 -- and no head coach in place to help facilitate those decisions. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is still searching for the organization's next coach after Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson on Saturday abruptly backed out of a four-year agreement to coach the team. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File) © The Associated Press FILE - Basketball legend Michael Jordan speaks during a press conference ahead of an NBA basketball game between the Charlotte Hornets and Milwaukee Bucks in Paris, Jan. 24, 2020. The Charlotte Hornets have two picks in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday June 23, 2022 -- and no head coach in place to help facilitate those decisions. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is still searching for the organization's next coach after Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson on Saturday abruptly backed out of a four-year agreement to coach the team. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

"Even though you're a Dukie, I take pride in that we did draft you," Jordan said. 

Williams smiled at the comment from Jordan and responded, "Gotta put the beef aside."

Williams was one of a program-record five Duke players to be taken in the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday, including No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero

Williams averaged 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks during the 2021-2022 season, was named the ACC defensive player of the year and was a finalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year. 

Jordan's NBA career includes six championships with the Chicago Bulls and a 1982 national title with the Tar Heels where he hit the winning shot in the championship game.

David Thompson is a reporter for the USA Today Network covering NC State and Duke athletics. Follow him on Twitter at @daveth89.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: Michael Jordan aims Duke-North Carolina joke at Mark Williams after Hornets pick him in NBA draft

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