Cigar Smoking Icons: Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan smoking a cigar

From TV personalities to top tier comedians, we’ve covered a lot in our Cigar Smoking Icon series, and now it’s time for something a little different.

Everyone knows who Michael Jordan is, but were you aware of his love for Cuban cigars? In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the life of Michael Jordan as well as what cigars he smokes and when.

If you’ve missed the rest of our Cigar Icon Series, you can find them all over on our blog.

Who is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan was born February 17th 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. Now he is widely regarded as being one of the greatest basketball players of all time. During his career, Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships between 1991 and 1998.

As well as being a star at the NBA’s, Jordan also led the U.S. basketball team to win gold at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles and again during the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Jordan was named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998 and also earned the nickname “Air Jordan” for his extraordinary leaping ability and acrobatic manoeuvres.

Michael Jordan and Cigars

After his permanent retirement in 2003, Jordan has had plenty of time to spend on the other loves in his life. This includes his love for quality Cubans.

Having been an avid cigar smoker since 1993, there is now no limit to where this NBA star will enjoy a smoke, including on the golf course, while fishing and even while sitting in a locker room. Jordan has even admitted that since his retirement, he’s smoked as many as six cigars in a day!

During his hour-long interview with the editor of Cigar Aficionado, Marvin Shanken, Jordan said he “Started smoking a cigar going to the games. In 1993. It became a ritual for every home game.” He continued by saying “It became such a relaxing thing to do… each and every day for a home game. I smoke a cigar. I wanted that feeling of success and relaxation. It’s the most relaxing thing.”

What Cigars Does Michael Jordan Smoke? 

It’s safe to say that Michael Jordan has expensive taste when it comes to his cigars and nothing but the best will do. Jordan has said in an interview with Cigar Aficionado that his favourite cigars are the classic and iconic Partagas Lusitania. However, he also said that he appreciates having a variety and isn’t opposed to smoking a smaller cigar. 

There is a lot to respect about Michael Jordan, and his immaculate taste in cigars is just the start. If you want to smoke like the basketball legend himself, you can browse our range of quality Cuban cigars available in our store now. 
Feature Image credit: Cigar Aficionado

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