Michael Jordan Never Played Basketball With Tiger Woods For This Reason

Published 09/03/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan smile to the crowd as they walk off the 17th green during the Pro-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are the GOATs and the most famous players in their respective sports. During the late 90s, Jordan was the best player in the NBA, while Woods was coming into his own in golf. Moreover, since both these players were global icons, Tiger and Jordan developed a good friendship. 

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Even though Tiger Woods is quite younger than Michael Jordan, they had a great rapport between them. Michael often used to play golf with Tiger Woods. And we all know how Michael Jordan is crazy for golf, and this craze brought these two players even closer. However, it is interesting to note that Tiger never played basketball with Michael Jordan.

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Here’s why Tiger Woods never played basketball with Michael Jordan

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan smile to the crowd as they walk off the 7th green during the Pro-am at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club on May 2, 2007 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

After winning the fifth NBA Championship in 1997, Michael Jordan gave an interview to SLAM magazine. They asked Jordan if he has ever played basketball with Tiger Woods. However, Michael admitted that the youngster has talent, but he revealed that the golfer is too scared to play basketball with him.

“He’s scared. I’ll knock his brains out. I’m in a contact sport,” Jordan said. “He can’t hit me on the golf course. Basketball, I’d knock him out. But I could see his talents. That goes without question. He’s a good kid. He doesn’t intimidate me on the golf course.”

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Meanwhile, in 1997, Tiger was just bursting onto the scene. He turned pro in 1996 and won his first major championship in 1997. And then after that, there was no stopping Tiger Woods until 2010. The 15-time major championship winner dominated every event that he played in these 13 years to become a global icon similar to the Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan.

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However, Michael was able to carry his fame well throughout his career, while it was sad to see Tiger face a few adversities after 2009. But still, the way Woods managed to make a comeback in 2018 and 2019 to win the Tour Championship and Masters, respectively, is worth cherishing. 

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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