A few former members of the Boston Celtics — Larry Bird and Danny Ainge — made appearances during the second episode of ESPN’s “The Last Dance” documentary Sunday night.
But perhaps the best Celtics-related story didn’t even take place on the court, but rather the golf course.
Ainge explained how he and Michael Jordan went golfing together prior to a Celtics-Bulls playoff matchup in the first round of the 1986 Eastern Conference postseason.
“I took a few bucks off Michael that day,” Ainge, now the Celtics president of basketball operations, joked during the ESPN documentary, which focuses on Jordan and his 1997-98 Bulls.
“We were talking trash to each other. …That might have been a mistake.”
The “mistake” Ainge was referring to was in regards to giving the competitive Jordan a little added motivation for that night’s game. Jordan went off for 63 points in Game 2, but the Celtics pulled out the overtime win and eventually the series.