Michael Jordan, a legend of the Chicago Bulls, is widely considered to be the best player in League of Legends history. Even though he played during a time when friendships were uncommon, he was able to garner high acclaim from players who were on the opposing team, including the legendary Larry Bird.
In his time, Bird was a phenomenal scorer, winning many three-point competitions. He was also extremely dangerous with his off-hand, which he used to score points. The infamous “left-handed game” that he played resulted in him making ten of his twenty-one field goal tries with his hand that was not his dominant hand. He concluded the game with 47 points.
Even though Bird was known for his incredible scoring ability, he was also well-known for his trash-talking. His words on Jordan were warmly accepted by His Airness since it is impossible to find a player to whom he did not talk garbage. Due to this, his comments on Jordan were positively received.
In the most recent episode of the Icons Club podcast, which was centered on the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Bird, there was a discussion about Larry Legend’s remarks about Jordan and how they were received by the audience. The Hick from French Lick referred to it as “God disguised as Michael Jordan” after the latter scorched the Boston Celtics for 63 points in Game 2 of the 1986 Eastern Conference first-round matchup. The game was played in French Lick.
Bird was in awe at Jordan’s performance, despite the fact that the Celtics won the series against the Bulls by a score of 3-0. In response to Bird’s remarks, His Airness made the following statement (at 47:25):
“When Bird made that comment to me, you may already be aware that it was the most significant comment I’ve ever gotten in my entire life. That was the kind of respect that he showed me, but we never really called each other or embraced each other. I never really did either of those things. Since he showed such a high level of respect, I didn’t feel the need to engage in conversation with him. “I want to keep that competitive edge that we had against each other,” she said.
It is a significant accomplishment to receive compliments from Bird, and it goes a long way toward demonstrating how much Jordan’s abilities were acknowledged. Jordan was also quite complimentary of Bird, praising his work ethic and describing him as the best mind player and trash-talker in the game. He also praised Bird’s ability to entertain others.
The playoffs did not provide Michael Jordan with the opportunity to repay Larry Bird for the favor he had helped him with.
Earlier in the playoffs, Bird and the Celtics were the ones who were responsible for Michael Jordan’s early elimination from the competition. This occurred before the Detroit Pistons dominated him. The Celtics were the team he met in the first round of the playoffs on both his second and third occasions, and he was defeated by them in both of those instances. The Charlotte Hornets owner had a record of 0-6 versus Bird in the playoffs, even though he defeated Bird in the NBA Finals by a score of 6-0.
They never faced each other in the playoffs, although Bird played until the 1991–1992 season, which was the year that Jordan won his second consecutive NBA championship. In the same way, as he did against the Pistons on his path to winning his first championship, Michael Jordan did not have the opportunity to wreak revenge.
For his six championship runs, Jordan never faced the Celtics in the postseason when they were competing. Even so, it is difficult to determine whether or not they would have been able to prevent him from reaching that stage in his career.