Larry Bird had Michael Jordan’s number during his playing days — Bird’s Celtics swept Jordan’s Bulls in the first round of the 1986 NBA Playoffs. But it was Jordan who came out on top during Bird’s coaching days.
The Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers 4-3 in the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals. Bird was Indiana’s head coach, and after Game 7, Jordan made sure to get some trash talk in. From a postgame conversation featured in Episode 9 of ESPN’s “The Last Dance.”
Bird: "You b***h, f**k you."
Jordan: "Y'all gave us a run for our money."
Bird: "Yeah, I'll see ya."
Jordan: "All right, take care. Now you can work on that golf game of yours."
Indiana gave the Bulls a run for their money and nearly ended Jordan’s final season in Chicago a round early. Alas, close, but no cigar, Indy.