Michael Jordan’s immense and raw talent had him getting overwhelming power within the Chicago Bulls organization almost immediately.
Brad Sellers, who was drafted in 1986, wasn’t happy that the promise made to him of being the first 7-foot small forward disappeared with the arrival of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant in the draft the following year.
When his minutes started to evaporate with the Buss, he went to Jordan in 1989 and asked him to find another team to go to:
“I told MJ, ‘You got to go in there and tell them that this is not going to work for me here,’” said Sellers, according to Jerry Bembry of The Undefeated.
“You really want me to do that?” Jordan asked.
“Absolutely,” Sellers replied.
“OK,” Jordan said. “I’ll do it.”
24 hours later, Jordan tracked down Sellers who was eating chicken parmesan at Olive Garden. The restaurant manager informed him he had call.
“Michael Jordan’s on the phone.”
Sellers took the call.
“They’re trading you to Seattle tomorrow,” Jordan told him. “Good luck, B.”
It ultimately did not work out for him as he spent half a season with Seattle before being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“When I got to Seattle, I said, ‘What in the hell did I just do?’” said Sellers. “I was young and dumb.”
He played 6 seasons for 4 teams and averaged 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.1 assists in 398 regular season games.
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