Michael Jordan Could Have Been Convinced to Join Boston Celtics, Claims Huge NBA Voice

Published 11/11/2021, 12:00 PM EST
1990: Larry Bird #33 of the Boston Celtics and Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls sit on a bench circa 1990 during an NBA All-Star game. (Photo by Focus on Sport via Getty Images)


Michael Jordan and Larry Bird are NBA legends. They have etched their name into the history books of the NBA for an eternity. While Chicago Bulls and the Boston Celtics are a major rivalry in the Eastern Conference, Jordan and Bird shared a lot of sincere respect for each other. Even when Larry Bird almost missed out on the 1992 Dream Team, Jordan spoke out to defend Bird when the media criticized his inclusion.

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So while it might seem like blasphemy to NBA fans, it has recently come to light that Michael Jordan could have played for the Boston Celtics. That’s right, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan could have teamed up in the NBA. And not just for All-Star games.

Former Celtics player, coach, and manager M. L. Carr claimed that Michael Jordan could have donned the white and green uniform in his career. If only Jerry Krause allowed it.

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Former NBA executive makes bold claim about Michael Jordan

Former NBA executive M. L. Carr appeared on SiriusXM Radio for an interview. While talking about rumors of things that Michael could have done in his retirement, Carr made a bold claim. He said that he was willing to give a first-round pick just to talk to Michael, to make him join the Boston Celtics. Yes, you read that correctly, Michael Jordan could have joined the Celtics. Here’s what he said.

While talking about why no one at the Bulls would corroborate this story, Carr said “When he got out, Jerry denied that there was a conversation.”

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Here’s why Carr thought he could’ve convinced Michael. “I’ve known Michael all his life.” he said. While it is a bold claim, it seems unlikely that Michael would have agreed.

Even then, Carr said, “I felt that given just the chance to talk to him, to get him to come back out of retirement, I’d be worth laying out a first-round pick. Because I felt like I could convince him to put on a green uniform, have an incredible new marketing path and make a fortune doing that.”

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Even in retirement, Michael was extremely valuable to the NBA. Franchises were willing to give first-round picks just to talk to him. Even though he did eventually sign for the Wizards, does him going to Celtics sound too absurd to be true?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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