Michael Jordan doesn't believe in the moon landing
This was actually said as a joke by Stephen Curry on "Winging It Podcast"
Jordan never saw his famous shot over Craig Ehlo go in.
MJ’s iconic arm-swinging celebration was based entirely on the way the mortified Cleveland fans reacted.
“I never saw it go in, but I knew right away from the crowd reaction — silence — that it was good,” Jordan said after the game.
Jordan ate the same pre-game meal before every game.
Jordan ate the same pregame meals for years at the behest of trainer Tim Grover: steak, plain baked potato, and a bit of lettuce, the latter mostly for show.
Jordan Donated His First Year Wizards Salary to 9/11 Relief Efforts.
Michael Jordan at the beginning of his freshmen year was a top high school prospect and was prophesized to be one of the best basketball players to ever be
Michael Jordan had his jersey number retired for a team he never even played for
Michael Jordan Used to Smoke a Cigar Before Every Home Game
There is a salmonella strain named after MJ
Shulman, chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Memorial Hospital, discovered the unique strain last winter and decided to name it after a unique athlete. He called it ″Salmonella mjordan.″
Shulman insisted that it was appropriate to honor ″the greatest basketball player in history″ with an organism that causes diarrhea, severe headaches, abdominal pain and other discomfort. Besides, all the standard geographic names were already taken.
″Looking at this from the perspective of medicine and microbiology, this is a traditional way that people have been honored,″ Shulman said.
Jordan’s agent, David Falk, accepted the honor reluctantly, and suggested that future organisms looking for names should look elsewhere.
″I think if he did it as a tribute, it is a nice tribute,″ said Falk. ″But we are hoping to continue to manage the proliferation of Michael’s name and keep it limited to a select group of organizations - whether it be corporate or whether it be charitable.″
Michael Jordan had a short-lived rapping career, his nickname was "Mikey Pockets".
Michael Jordan bought and built a 15 million dollar private golf course
MJ at a local country club thought the pace of play was simply too slow for him so with his two billion net worth he set out to make his own golf course.
Michael Jordan almost went to the MLB draft after high school but chose to strictly focus on basketball at UNC.
Jordan was recruited by colleges for his baseball abilities during his high school years and had a 45 inning stretch of shutout pitching at one point, but elected to focus on basketball at UNC.
Space Jam is financially the most successful basketball movie ever
The movie ‘Space Jam’ made $230 million in movie theaters around the world. Financially, it’s the most successful basketball movie ever.
Michael Jordan chose to wear #45 to honor his mother.
When MJ returned to the Bulls in 1995, rather than revert to 23 — which the Bulls had retired at the start of that season — he stayed with 45 since it was the number he had played with on his junior varsity basketball team in high school.
Only one player outscored Michael Jordan in a playoff series.
True. Terry Cummings in 1985.
Jordan was named to the first team all state football team his sophomore year of high school as a wide receiver.
Michael Jordan once ended a player's career from over the top trash talk, literally.
According to a Chicago Bulls source, MJ effectively ended Rodney McCray’s career with savage trash talk during scrimmages. Granted, McCray was on his last legs by the time he reached Chicago. Age probably had as much to do with McCray's departure as brutal Jordan digs in practice.
Michael Jordan had a terrible 3-point percentage in the beginning of his career.
Michael Jordan and his wife originally met in high school
Michael Jordan always wanted to have baggy shorts so he can wear the University of North Carolina shorts beneath his normal uniform during each game
Jordan is credited with starting the baggy basketball shorts fad. He required bigger shorts because he wanted to continue wearing his University of North Carolina Tarheel practice shorts beneath his Chicago Bulls uniform during each game.
Michael Jordan regrets all of the trash talk he's done while playing in the NBA.
It's as if simply beating dudes wasn't enough of a challenge, so he had to add something extra to the competition. Like starting a game by counting his points out loud – backward, from 40.
He finished in the Top 3 in the MVP vote 10 times.
MJ’s first shoe deal with Nike earned him “just” $2.5 million dollars over five years.
Adjusted for inflation, that’s $6.2 million.
By comparison, LeBron James’ first contract with Nike in 2003 was seven-years, $90 million ($126 million in today’s money).
Michael Jordan was almost traded to the Knicks in 1988.
Michael Jordan got into the habit of sticking out his tongue from a poster of Einstein sticking his tongue out in his room.
“Well, it’s an unconscious habit that I picked up from my father,” Jordan said. “Being a little kid and you’re watching your father work, he used to stick his tongue out, and I took it up and made it a habit. And now I can’t stop, I tried to stop, I tried playing with a mouthpiece in my mouth — just didn’t work, it didn’t feel natural.”
Michael Jordan has a fear of water
While MJ was a toddler, he witnessed his friend sucked by an ocean undertow and drowned. MJ then almost drowned at a baseball camp. These events led MJ to own a phobia for water and has led him to be uncomfortable around oceans, seas, and other huge bodies of water.