We all are aware of the friendship of golf legend, Tiger woods and basketball G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan. Their friendship transcends many years. Michael Jordan helped his dear friend Woods when he was going through a rough patch, for which Jordan received some touching words from Woods.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Woods poured his heart out and stated some unknown facts about his friendship with Jordan.
How it all started
Let’s rewind a little and understand how this legendary friendship started. The first time Tiger Woods compared himself to Michael Jordan, he was just 14 years old. During an interview with TransWorld Sport in 1990, Woods said he might become more significant than Jack Nicklaus. This foresight was far fetched at his age, because Woods started his high school, and Michael Jordan wasn’t even the epic “Michael Jordan” yet.
Six years later, Woods became a pro golfer; he immediately landed on the same list as Jordan. The deal with Nike made his friendship with the basketball legend much easier. Woods then reached out to Jordan, thinking they were both on a similar path. He was indeed right.
During an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Woods said that Jordan had established himself as a great basketball player and would probably be the best he had ever seen. He considered Jordan as his big brother.
The words of appreciation by Tiger Woods
When Woods was 21, he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show. This was his first TV appearance. He talked about his association with Michael Jordan and poured his heart out. He had great things to say about the basketball superstar. Woods said that his association with Nike established their friendship, and they were both on the same path, facing difficulties and coming out stronger.
He told her, “I guess my association with Nike did help that. But Mike’s in position where I think my life is going. And I went through some problems, I didn’t know how to handle certain situations. Like dealing with visibility, loss of privacy, articles, just people in general, and Mike helped me out because Mike has already been there.”
These two sports stars have been close friends for over a decade. We often saw them playing golf together or hanging out with Charles Barkley. They both shared the spirit of greatness still reflected on them tilll date. However, it is notable that these two legends have not spoken about each other in the media for a long time.