Tiger Woods Was Once Warned to Stay Away From Michael Jordan: “There Isn’t Anything Else That Michael Is Good at Doing. Nothing!”

Published 02/01/2022, 10:00 AM EST

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Michael Jordan is regarded by many as the greatest of all time in basketball. He became famous during the 90s when he helped the Bulls win six NBA championships. Jordan’s popularity made him friends with some of the biggest celebrities in the world. As Jordan loved to play golf, he developed a friendship with golf icon Tiger Woods.

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Three-time US Open winner, Tiger Woods has been friends with Jordan for a long time. The two have been spotted playing golf several times. However, we’ve barely seen them playing basketball. Moreover, Jordan once revealed that Woods is scared of playing basketball alongside him and that’s why they haven’t played basketball.

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In fact, Jordan is mentioned several times in the Tiger Woods biography written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian. However, in one particular instance, it was mentioned that Woods’ lawyer, John Merchant, told him to stay away from Jordan.

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Tiger Woods’ lawyer asked him to stay away from Michael Jordan

John Merchant was Tiger Woods’ lawyer when he was young, coming fresh off Stanford University. However, he warned Woods to stay away from Jordan back in 1996.

“Michael can play basketball as well as anyone who’s ever played the game,” John Merchant said according to Yahoo Sports.

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“There isn’t anything else that Michael is good at doing. Nothing! And he’s had too many years of being out there in public. So he’s going to try to use you.”

However, as time passed by, the two came closer and now share a great relationship. For neutrals, it’s incredible to see two greats of their respective sport enjoying each other.

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Jordan and Woods – Hall of Famers of their respective sport

Both Jordan and Woods took the world of sports by storm with their dominance in their respective sport. Jordan constantly gets GOAT shouts from NBA fans even after 19 years of his retirement. Jordan changed the landscape of basketball and his impact on the impact was immense as well. For his contributions to the game, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame in 2009. However, he was inducted again, next year, as a part of the 1992 Dream Team.

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Tiger Woods, on the other side, has won the Masters Tournament on five occasions, PGA Championship in four, and the US Open thrice. Woods is set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on March 9, 2022.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.
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