Michael Jordan hasn’t played in an NBA game since 2003. The six-time champion and owner of the Charlotte Hornets has stayed out of the limelight for the most part ever since he retired from basketball.
However, every now and then, Jordan comes out of hiding and reminds everyone why he is the GOAT, both on and off the basketball court.
Michael Jordan’s basketball résumé is legendary
In two stints with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan won six championships, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, and one Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was also the 1984-85 Rookie of the Year.
Jordan played 142 games with the Washington Wizards, but basketball fans will always admire what MJ did with the Bulls. The Hall of Famer finished his NBA career with averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists while shooting 49.7% from the field, 32.7% from beyond the arc, and 83.5% from the free-throw line.
Thanks to his basketball contracts, Jordan shoes, and endorsements, MJ has generational money (and then some) at his disposal. The Bulls legend has donated millions of dollars to several charities and foundations, including a whopping $100 million donation spread over 10 years to organizations dedicated to “ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
To be a GOAT like Michael Jordan, though, you have to save lives, and His Airness has done a lot of that.
Michael Jordan recently donated $10 million to open new medical clinics in his hometown
In 2017, Michael Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health to open two medical clinics in Charlotte, North Carolina. Now, the NBA icon is taking that pledge to another level.
Jordan is donating $10 million to open two new medical clinics in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina. The clinics are slated to open in 2022.
“Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance.” Michael Jordan said in a statement regarding his $10 million donation. “Wilmington holds a special place in my heart and it’s truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life.”
Jordan has donated $17 million to Novant Health. MJ’s latest $10 million fund will help “rural and rural-adjacent communities” in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Michael Jordan continues to prove he’s a real-life superhero. Many celebrities keep their money to themselves, but Jordan was raised by his parents the proper way and has made it a point to give back to people and communities in need.
Will MJ ever win a ring as an owner?
The Hornets have struggled as a franchise ever since Michael Jordan bought the team. However, with LaMelo Ball leading the way this season, Charlotte could make the playoffs.
Ball has the Hornets at 13-15 and in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Jordan drafted LaMelo with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft. It will be fascinating to see if Ball can help MJ win his first championship as an owner.
Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James are universally recognized as the top three basketball players of all time. Each superstar has done countless good things off the court to help their people and communities strive for greatness. That makes MJ and LeBron special and is what made Bryant exceptional before he passed away in 2020.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.