Apart from the fact, Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time; he was passionate about golf and gambling. His competitive nature was in full swing at almost anything he ever did, but especially when it comes to the activities mentioned above. In a recent interview for McNeil & Parkins Show, Blackhawks legend Jeremy Roenick told a story when he and Jordan played golf back in 1992.
The regular season was coming to an end, but the two decided to play golf, to be more accurate, 36-holes while drinking quite a bit of alcohol, although Jordan had a game that night. According to Roenick, Jordan’s initial idea was to play 18-holes, but since he got the best of Jordan, they decided to play an additional 18-holes.
“We played a round, I beat him for a couple thousand and got ready to leave. Now, the Bulls are playing that night. They played Cleveland that night. I’m thinking he’s leaving, it’s 10 o’clock. He goes, ‘No, let’s go play again.'”Jeremy Roenick, via McNeil & Parkins Show
They decided to raise the stakes and play for a couple of thousand dollars, and Roenick beat Jordan. Jordan had to leave earlier because he had to go directly to the stadium to play a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“Now we’ve been drinking all afternoon, and he’s going from Sunset Ridge to the stadium, to play a game. I’m messing around. I’m like, ‘I’m gonna call my bookie. All the money you just lost to me, I’m putting on Cleveland.'”Jeremy Roenick, via McNeil & Parkins Show
Jordan couldn’t stand the fact he lost in gold to Roenick, so he said that he would put on a show that night against the Cavaliers. He said the Bulls win by 20 and that he will score at least 40 points.
“He goes, ‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll bet you that we’ll win by 20 points, and I have more than 40 [points].’ I’m like, ‘Done. Son of a gun goes out and scores 52, and they win by 26 points or something.”Jeremy Roenick, via McNeil & Parkins Show
If you go through the games, Jordan played against the Cavs that season Roenick is probably talking about the game on March 28th in 1992. He didn’t score 52 points, but he did dismantle the Cavs with 44 points, and the Bulls won 126-102. Jordan stayed true to what he said to Roenick earlier that day and would later that season win his second championship against the Portland Trailblazers. Don’t forget we are talking about Jordan in his prime, which means toying with opposing players and teams was a piece of cake for him, despite drinking the entire day before the game while playing golf.