Michael Jordan hasn’t played in the NBA since the early 2000s, and he’s still the most popular athlete in the world. So, you can imagine how crazy people went in Chicago when they saw Jordan in person during the ’90s when he was dominating on the Chicago Bulls.
Unfortunately, due to his fame, Michael Jordan unintentionally played a big role in car accidents being high in Chicago during his playing days with the Bulls.
Michael Jordan couldn’t do basic things
When he was playing for the Bulls and the most recognized person in the world, Michael Jordan couldn’t do basic things like go to the grocery store or pump his own gas.
In 1996, Jordan went on The Oprah Winfrey Show and talked about how his fame was getting out of control.
“When I can’t do basic things. I can’t just move around. I can’t go to the grocery store. I can’t get out of the car and pump my gas without someone coming around,” Jordan said. “I’m looking for full service everywhere I go. Little things that we tend to take for granted. I can’t stop and get some coffee or go to a restaurant.”
Everyone wanted to be like Jordan back in the day. However, as a celebrity, you have zero privacy, and the Bulls legend believes people take that for granted.
Michael Jordan and Oprah Winfrey talked about many subjects on the show back in 1996. One of the most interesting segments was when the six-time champion revealed that he caused a few accidents in Chicago.
Michael Jordan said people crashed trying to see him in his car
Michael Jordan told Oprah Winfrey that he saw several people crash their cars because they looked inside his car to get a glimpse of him. The six-time Finals MVP said fans need to be more careful.
“If I drive down to the game, and my windows are tinted but not dark, dark tinted, you can see the structure of my face. And next thing you know, I’ve seen this happen, going to a game, and someone is looking, and I can feel them looking. I won’t look and give them the assurance that hey, that’s him. Next thing you know, boom, they ran into the car right in front of them. That’s probably why you got traffic jams because everybody is being nosey.”
Michael Jordan said he used to have personalized license plates but decided to get rid of them since people followed his car. Being like MJ certainly has its perks, but if you cherish your privacy, you probably would hate being His Airness.
LeBron James is great, but MJ is the GOAT
LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to rank top-10 all-time in points and assists. If he plays long enough, he could pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Despite how great LeBron is, though, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. He went 6-0 in the Finals with the Bulls and won all six Finals MVPs. MJ was also a perfect player, as he had zero flaws in his game.
With the Bulls and Washington Wizards, Michael Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.