Michael Jordan is comfortably regarded as the greatest of all time in the sport of basketball as his legend lives on decades after he left the NBA.
“Air” Jordan is back on the lips of sports fans after the ESPN documentary series airs The last dance, which focuses on its championship season with the Chicago Bulls in the 1997-1998 campaign – highlighting what happened behind closed doors in fascinating detail.
So far in all three episodes, the critically acclaimed series has dug deep which has made Jordan the phenomenon he is while focusing on his supporting cast of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and coach Phil Jackson.
Michael Jordan is comfortably regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time
As viewers get a close and personal look at the player Michael Jordan, fans may wonder what he may look like off the pitch.
Here, Sportsmail take a look at Michael Jordan, the man – and his colorful life – after his third and final retirement.
He earned less than $ 100 million in his time as a player … but has since become the first billionaire athlete
After cementing his legacy on the field by becoming a six-time NBA champion, Jordan made a lucrative shoe deal with Nike that saw him become the world’s richest former professional athlete.
Throughout his playing career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, MJ earned less than $ 100 million before retiring in 2003 for the third and last time.
However, having moved away from the field and now 57, Forbes estimates his net worth at around $ 2.1 billion, becoming the first athlete to join the club at three commas.
He has an impressive real estate portfolio across America, a golf course and several restaurants.
He became the first billionaire athlete with his Air Jordan Mark
Jordan contracted a debt of $ 1.2 million while playing a game of golf … before recovering it at $ 300,000
MJ is known to be a notorious player. So much so, the former shooting keeper managed to accumulate a debt of $ 1.2 million on a round of golf by betting $ 100,000 per hole.
The event even inspired the basketball icon to write about his gambling problems in his book “Michael & Me: Our Gambling Addiction … My Cry For Help”.
The book details a long list of memories related to his gambling problem, which then explains how he managed to reduce the staggering debt from $ 1.2 million to about $ 300,000 at the end of a golf betting marathon. 10 days.
Jordan is a notorious player and likes to bet on the golf course for fun
He was not so lucky when he lost $ 5 million in one night in Las Vegas
While $ 300,000 would have been an idiotic change for a wealthy man like Jordan, it must have stung when he lost $ 5 million in one night at a Las Vegas casino.
Jordan was known to have spent a lot of time in casinos during his playing days and would even be seen trying himself out in the early hours of the morning before going to play for the Bulls.
He would also bet on almost anything and challenge his Bulls teammates about baggage that would go out first in the airport arrivals lounge.
Although it shows Jordan’s wealth, it all came down to one thing at the end of the day: the man just hated losing.
Tiger Woods was warned that MJ had a bad influence in 1996…
As Tiger Woods became famous in the 1990s, his stock in the golf world was growing rapidly and would become a celebrity in his own right.
Reaching this level of fame has caught the eye of the biggest stars in the world, but nothing more than Michael Jordan.
In a biography called Tiger woods, Written by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the American was reportedly warned to stay away from the Chicago Bulls star in 1996 by John Merchant – a lawyer who helped the Woods family while at Stanford University.
“Michael can play basketball as well as anyone who has ever played the game,” said Merchant according to Yahoo Sports. “There’s nothing else Michael is good at. Nothing! And he spent too many years in public. So he will try to use you.
Tiger Woods (right) and Jordan are now close friends after sharing their love of golf
… But the couple became best friends and would advise Woods on how to talk to women
However, Woods, who idolized Jordan during his school years, heeded the advice given to him as a golf prodigy and would establish a strong bond with Jordan.
Before Woods inadvertently destroyed his image as a golden boy in 2009 following his infamous revelations of a sex scandal, he was considered “socially awkward” to his close friends when he often hid his awkwardness around women.
According to a profile written on Woods by ESPN, Woods went to Jordan and Derek Jeter at a New York nightclub at a party in 1999 and asked how to talk to the women.
With a confused look, Jordan and Jeter would have looked at each other before saying, “Go tell them you’re Tiger Woods.” “
He became the first player to own an NBA franchise
Three years after his retirement in 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming the second largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. Johnson.
Having built his empire alongside Nike and his own brand Jordan, he revealed his ambitions to want to become a majority owner of the team in 2010.
In February of the same year, his wish was granted, making him the first former player to become the majority owner of an NBA team.
After being renamed the Hornets in 2014, Jordan has retained control of the franchise since but sold a minority piece to Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sundheim in 2019, retaining the majority of the team for himself.
The 57-year-old became the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets in 2010
MJ, former US President Bill Clinton, with ransacked speech, on the golf course
Jordan is just as competitive on the golf course as he was on the basketball court and even though he was known to talk about garbage (and back it up), he was not going to stop for anyone – not even a former president.
In a friendly match with Bill Clinton, Jordan asked him, “Are you going to play with little girls’ t-shirts?” Before forcing the former Commander-in-Chief to switch to the championship tees – the pro player reserve .
After a laugh together, Clinton obliged and the two continued to play a ride on Jordan’s beloved hobby, almost certainly with Jordan smoking one of his now iconic huge cigars.
He has already admitted to smoking six a day.
Jordan once chatted with former President Bill Clinton (right) on the golf course
He disrespected a longtime Chamillionaire fan and rapper at a party
When rapper Chamillionaire had the opportunity to meet Jordan, he seized the moment and asked his hero for a photo while they were together at a party.
After being harshly said “no” in so many words, the musician tried to explain that he had just spent $ 7,000 on one of his jerseys.
In response, Jordan said, “You know what, I’m telling you what, you’re paying $ 15,000 right now for a jersey from me and I’m going to take a picture with you. “
As the old saying goes, “never meet your heroes”.