Corey Maggette played almost 14 seasons in the league with six different teams. However, fate didn’t let him join the Chicago Bulls, the team he is rooting for even to this day.
Always been a Bulls fan
Maggette’s love for the Bulls was no surprise at all. Because like any other 90s NBA fan, Maggette idolized Michael Jordan. And according to the former Golden State Warriors highflyer, he grew up in a household full of Jordan and Bulls fans.
“You had to be quiet while the Bulls game was on,” Maggette told Bally Sports last year. “And when something exciting happened, you get people in the living room jumping up and down.”
Also, “Five-Oh” revealed that his Jordan and Bulls fandom reached its peak on the day he met MJ and Scottie Pippen in the flesh when he was in high school at Fenwick High in Oak Park, Illinois.
“I think for me, when I was in high school and I was able to meet Michael Jordan, and meet all the players, it gave me a newfound respect for what they did as players at the time,” he revealed. “And I just loved everything about the Chicago Bulls.”
An unforgettable moment
Fortunately for Maggette, his basketball repertoire made him one of the most notable players among many prospects in the 1999 NBA Draft. He was selected by the Seattle Supersonics as their 13th overall pick but was immediately traded to the Orlando Magic.
On December 18, 1999, the day Maggette had been waiting for his entire life finally came. The Magic visited the Bulls at the United Center, and Maggette cherished every single moment of him being inside the arena where Jordan and the Bulls made history.
“It was a surreal experience,” Maggette recalled his first game at the United Center. “When I played at the United Center, and to have all of my family there, it was a special experience. I never forget the moment, walking in, in that arena, walking in where Michael Jordan used to park his car.”
Indeed, Maggette is a legitimate Bulls faithful. Throughout his entire NBA career, and even now that he’s already retired, Maggette is still proud of being a “die-hard Bulls fan.” In fact, he even let everybody know about it when he landed a job as an analyst for the Clippers. “That will never change.”