A chance meeting …
Everyone has a story about Michael Jordan – including our Gary.
There is a gaping hole in our lives where live sports were now, but documentary series The Last Dance, all about Michael Jordan's dashing Chicago Bulls team, is helping to fill the void.
Having seen one of the series, it seems like everyone has come in to share thoughts of when they were hit by greatness after meeting or watching Jordan.
The late Kobe Bryant tells how Jordan coached him as a big brother.
OG music legends like Nas and Justin Timberlake talk about how to just grow some Nike Air Jordans up.
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama weigh on his influence.
And last night, one of our home-grown sporting icons, a Gary Lineker, went online to share a story about the time he met one of the world's best athletes.
I just watched episode eight of the beautiful The Last Dance. I thought I'd share the story of the day I played golf with Michael Jordan. It was Thursday evening and I received a call from my agent. He said, "I've been talking to Michael Jordan's people on the phone and he wants to play in Sunningdale."
I was a member, so he thought I could help. He said, "There are three of them: Michael and two of his basketball friends and they want to play on Sunday." I said, "If it's a Sunday, they can't play without a member, but I can host them (too good, I could)."
So Saturday night I get a call from my agent: "There is now six of them, two more friends and Samuel L Jackson."
"I need to find another member to join the other three I'm calling my friend, Queeny (former European tour player and Sunningdale member), I'm sure he will help. "
Fortunately, it was free and available. I showed up at 8:30 am. Keith, the club pro, said, "Your guests have arrived, they're on the green." There they were, six of them, five giant basketball players and Samuel L Jackson strolling around, putting and smoking cigars.
The observing, typically white, older members had wide eyes. We introduced ourselves and went to the first tee. Now my pal Queeny loved a bet on the golf course and was a bit of a fuss. So we all stood there and Queeny says in his somewhat chic voice …
"So Michael you wanna bet, a little bet?" Michael says, "Certainly, man." Queeny says, "How much would you like to play?" Michael blows up his cigar, looks straight at him, smiles and says, "How uncomfortable you are, man."
Mr. Jordan had already won the day.
Free the line-up. We hope Samuel L Jackson wore his Kangol hat backwards, as is his custom.
Anyway, if you've seen The Last Dance, you may have noticed that MJ likes to play a round of golf. In fact, he seems to like everything with a competitive element, especially when there is a bet to be made.
Danny Ainge of the Boston Celtics remembers how he beat Jordan in a round of golf the day before a 1986 playoff it almost cost the Celtics.
"I took a few dollars from Michael that day, and we're talking garbage," Ainge said in the documentary. "That could be a mistake."
The next day, apparently motivated by yesterday's defeat, scored an NBA play-off record with 63 points in Game 2, forcing the game to double overtime before Boston scored a 135- 131.
Another of our low key favorite moments is when a security guard hits him during a game of & # 39; pitching quarters & # 39; (in our school it was called & # 39; jingles & # 39; – you might know it by a different name).