Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to have ever lived. His season scoring average of 30.1 points per game is the highest in NBA history, he won five Most Valuable Player awards and made the all-league defensive team in nine of his 15 seasons.
Since retiring from basketball in 2003, he has almost evolved from one of the greatest players into one of the most well-known “brands”. In collaboration with Nike, his Jordan line of sportswear made him more than $100 million in 2015 (according to Forbes), which is more than any other retired athlete in the world.
Since his retirement from the game, Jordan has rarely given interviews, except with one of his favourite publications; Cigar Aficionado. It is rare that you see Jordan without his accompanying Cuban cigars nowadays, as he is regularly snapped on the golf course or out in public with a stogie in hand.
It was in a previous interview with the magazine back in 2005 that he revealed his love for cigars. According to Jordan, he smoked his first in 1991 when Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf gifted one to him following their first NBA Championship. After this, Jordan developed a ritual of smoking a cigar on his way to every home game. In his 2005 interview, he said:
“We had to be to the stadium at 6 o’clock for home games, and traffic was so bad it would take us an hour and 15 or an hour and 30 minutes to drive. So now I’m sitting in a car for almost an hour and a half, and I’m very tense. I’m worried about the traffic. So, I started smoking a cigar going to the games. In 1993. It became a ritual for every home game.”
But it is in his interview with the magazine for their upcoming 25th-anniversary edition that Jordan finally divulges just how many cigars he smokes a day, with that number being six!
‘His Airness’ even had a special air filtration system built into the poker room and home cinema in his multi-million-dollar mansion so he could happily puff away on his favourite cigar.
In this latest with Cigar Aficionado, Jordan and magazine publisher, Marvin R. Shanken, lit up some rather impressive – and extremely expensive! – cigars; 60-year-old Cubans from before the Castro era. He also announced his favourite cigar as being the Partagas Lusitanias Cigar, although he followed this up by saying: “I like variety”. Keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of the magazine, which will be out at the end of the month (October 2017).
In the meantime, if you are looking to pick up some stogies for yourself, take a look on our website or pop into one of our shops.
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