Back in 1992, when Larry Bird announced his retirement, Jordan hilariously wished Bird by saying that he was tired of seeing Bird’s face.
Two of the greatest NBA players to ever play the game were Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan and Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird. Both of them had some memorable battles against each other on the court. Apart from giving their audience matches worth their money, the two even played with each other for the USA team.
Whenever Mike played against Larry, he brought his ‘A’ game, and did everything he could to beat the Celtics. In the 28 games he played against Boston, Jordan averaged a whopping 33.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists.
Back in 1992, Bird announced his retirement. MJ wished Larry for the same but also stated how he was glad that Larry and his Celtics wouldn’t be ruining Jordan’s successful games anymore. He hilariously added how Larry could then work on his golf game in his retirement.
“Larry, I hear that you’re retiring. Thank goodness. I’m glad. I’m tired of seeing your face. You brought a lot of sad memories for me,” Jordan said. I enjoyed it, and I wish you a lot of luck, and I think you had a great and wonderful career. You ruined a lot of my successful games against the Boston Celtics.”
“Enjoy yourself, dog. You b—-, f— you. Y’all gave us a run for our money. All right, take care. Now you can work on that golf game of yours.”
— Darren M. Haynes (@DarrenMHaynes) May 18, 2020
Michael Jordan and Larry Bird shared a healthy rivalry against each other
Jordan stated how Larry was the biggest trash talker in the league. Unlike most of the trash-talking back in the ’80s and ’90s, between the two it was only “good trash, not dirty trash”. This clearly helped both of them as they managed to get the best out of each other every time they faced off.
Unlike many rivalries, MJ and Larry managed to have a healthy relationship off the court. The two often spoke about each other and how great the other one was. Larry once referred to Mike as God. He also stated how Jordan was “the most exciting, most awesome player in the game”.
Larry retired as a 3-time MVP, a 3-time NBA champion, one of the biggest trash-talkers, and an all-time great. Even the great Michael Jordan might have also learnt a few things from Larry and incorporated them into his own game.
The camaraderie and mutual respect the two rivals shared for each other, was not only entertaining for the fans to watch but was commendable to witness among the players.