Former Bulls Star, Who Claimed Michael Jordan “Bullied” Guys, Made Honest Analogy to Celtics Legend Larry Bird

Published 05/26/2022, 12:00 AM EDT
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)

Former Celtics center Robert Parish claimed in a recent interview that Phil Jackson let Michael Jordan bully his Chicago Bulls teammates. The 4-time NBA champion also said that he and his Celtics teammates would never let Larry Bird do the same.

Robert Parish holds the record for playing the most number of NBA games. In his prolonged career spanning 1611 games in 21 seasons, he played for the Celtics in the 80s during the Larry Bird era and for the Bulls in the 90s during the Michael Jordan era.


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Therefore, he has a unique vantage point when it comes to comparing the two legends.

Michael Jordan always pushed his teammates

Michael Jordan’s tough approach towards the game of basketball is no secret. He always made sure that he and every other player on his team gave their absolute best. As a result, he was extremely hard on his teammates. Sometimes maybe a bit too hard.

Jordan’s Bulls teammates opened up about his behavior on and off the court in Netflix’s 2020 documentary The Last Dance. They detailed the cost at which they won the six championships under Jordan’s strict surveillance.

In a recent interview, Robert Parish claimed that Michael Jordan bullied his teammates.

“[Michael] bullied those guys,” he said. “They didn’t have the ba**s to say nothing about it-the teammates. Man, there is no way we would’ve took that from Larry Bird.”

Parish also commented on the role of Phil Jackson in the situation.

Phil, like most coaches, left the locker room alone. He let the players figure out the hierarchy how the locker-room would be governed.”

Robert Parish won the 1997 championship with the Bulls.

Jordan vs Bird


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Parish then went on to compare Michael Jordan with Celtics legend Larry Bird. He revealed that Bird was much more calm and composed than Jordan.

Boston Celtics# 33 Larry Bird courtside during the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on May 6 , 1988. (Photo by Tom Berg/WireImage)

Parish was part of the Celtics team in the 80s that won three championships. In fact, he played with both Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.


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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.