There are fierce competitors, and then there’s Michael Jordan.
ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has taken fans inside Jordan’s maniacal drive for success during the Chicago Bulls‘ dynasty of the 1990s.
The 10-part documentary also showed fans that Jordan is a ruthless trash talker, even when it comes to an NBA icon.
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We then saw Jordan and Bird meet in the hallway after the game, where Jordan dropped an absolutely ruthless line.
“You b****, f*** you. Y’all gave us a run for our money,” Jordan told Bird, before telling Larry Legend to “work on that golf game of yours.”
Keep in mind: This is Jordan cursing out Bird after Jordan’s team won the game and the series.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter was blown away at Jordan’s level of coldness, especially toward an icon like Bird. (Warning: The tweets below contain NSFW language.)
Larry Bird’s parting words to his friend, Dream Team teammate, fellow legend: “You b*tch, f*ck you”
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 18, 2020
“you bitch, fuck you” is art of the highest order
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) May 18, 2020
I was going to say that Larry Bird was the only opponent interviewed who didn’t take a playoff L to Jordan, but then I remembered he lost to him as a coach and caught this parting shot pic.twitter.com/MXKJO14YMG
— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 18, 2020
Michael jordan called Larry bird a bitch and said fuck you 😂🤣 mj was on whole another level #LastDance
— str3tch🧟♂️😷 (@PAYNE_21) May 18, 2020
Michael Jordan is the only one to get away with saying “you bitch, fuck you” to Larry Bird
Such a savage 😂
— Abdul Memon (@abdulamemon) May 18, 2020
After winning the championship Jordan told Larry Bird fuck you go work on your golf game lmaooooo
What a hero
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 18, 2020
As others pointed out, though, this was Jordan’s (albeit twisted) way of showing Bird his respect:
Jordan saying “you bitch, fuck you” to Larry Bird was quite clearly the highest form of respect from him.
— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer13) May 18, 2020
“You bitch. Fuck you.”
That is the best compliment you can ever get from Michael Jordan.
Ultimate respect to Larry Bird and what he did with that Pacers team.#Bulls
— Erik Lambert (@ErikLambert1) May 18, 2020
The highlight of #TheLastDance. Michael Jordan trash-talking Larry Bird just minutes after ripping his heart out in Game 7. Larry’s smile proves it’s always a treat when true players meet. pic.twitter.com/C4pot5642Y
— Jagdip Dhillon (@JagdipDhillonRE) May 18, 2020
The two future Hall of Famers did share a mutual appreciation for one another that began when Jordan dropped 63 points on Bird’s Celtics in the 1986 playoffs. Jordan later pointed to Bird’s success in Boston as a motivating factor for him to become even better.
Jordan also admitted that 1998 series with Bird’s Pacers was his toughest test as a player, so there may have been some relief behind this savage trash talk, too.
Still doesn’t make it any less savage.