Larry Bird’s Legendary Celtics Teammate Once Tried Punching Michael Jordan: “He Didn’t Respect His Teammates”

Published 12/26/2021, 7:00 AM EST


Bringing new talents and skills to this generation is a tribute to the past players who shaped NBA standards for future generations. Over many decades, the NBA witnessed countless great players making records and breaking records. If we turn back to the players who created the legacy of the game. Larry Bird, the Boston Celtics forward, and Michael Jordan, the Chicago Bulls guard, are undoubtedly hall of fame-worthy players. 

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Giving the best standards for the NBA’s upcoming generation, Jordan helped shape the 1990s. However, his impact on several other players has always been a polarizing subject.

 During the Cedric Maxwell podcast on CLNS Media, NBA Hall of Famer Robert Parish discussed Jordan’s game in the ‘90s, mentioning how he bullied his own teammates and did not give equal respect, especially during the championship season.

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Michael Jordan bullies his own teammates, according to Robert Parish

When Parish was drafted to the bulls in 1996-1997, he gave an account of a practice game where their feud started when Jordan tried to give him some advice but, in Parish’s opinion, it was more than that, as it wasn’t just advice, it was disrespect. Describing the instances that happened, Parish gave an account of the situation that occurred.

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In response to a question regarding Jordan’s perspective towards his teams and winning championships, he talked about how everybody was equal in the team but still was treated differently. He mentioned Jordan as a talented and confident player, but sometimes he takes up your personal space and talks trash. 

“That’s one thing I was liked about us (1980s Celtics) we respected one another. We talked a lot of trash, but there’s always that respect… And I think that’s where Michael crossed the line. He didn’t always respect his teammates, but he demands perfection. I feel if you’re going to demand perfection you’ve got to give some respect, let your teammates know you give a cr*p about them and that’s something I always thought he lost sight of.”

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Let us know what you think of this interview and the performances we have seen from Parish and Jordan together!

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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