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Robert Parish put Michael Jordan in his place

Chuck - Red's Army March 9, 2012 Uncategorized 6 Comments

ParishbullsIn Jackie MacMullan's latest column, Robert Parish shares a story about one of his first encounters with Michael Jordan during his time as a member of the Bulls:

"What set Larry apart from Magic and Jordan was he wasn't an in-your-face leader like they were," Parish said. "He had too much respect for us. If you weren't having a good night, he was more inclined to encourage you, or not say anything at all.

"But Magic and Jordan would jump all over you."

In one of his first practices with the Bulls, Parish botched one of the plays and was amused to find Jordan jawing at him just inches from his face.

"I told him, 'I'm not as enamored with you as these other guys. I've got some rings too,' " Parish recalled. "At that point he told me, 'I'm going to kick your ass.' I took one step closer and said, 'No, you really aren't.' After that he didn't bother me."

Hail to the Chief.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    atta boy, chief

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p011571d4119a970b Lex

    Does it get any better than Jackie Mac?
    I think not.
    Bob Ryan on occasion, perhaps.

  • KY Celts fan

    Hail to the Chief indeed. The guy is just so Stoic that I would love to have seen him say that to Jordan. It also increases my love of Larry. I was born in 1986 so I missed the entire Big Three era. Man, would I love to have seen it first hand.

  • GoWyo

    You missed some good basketball. My favorite was when Chief pummeled Bill Laimbeer. Always liked and respected Chief.

  • vivek

    samething could be said about someone like Kevin garnett or PP34 or Ray as against a player like Kobe. celts wont use negative strategy. see what is happening to odom in dallas. i think that approach to odom is wrong. celtics right from doc they pat you in the back and embrace you.

  • Chief

    Yep totally agree, always one of my favorite celtics