Sure, Michael Jordan is known for becoming one of the greatest basketball players of all-time with the Chicago Bulls, but he is also known for his love of golf. Jordan almost always won on the basketball court, and, from the sounds of it, he wins quite frequently on the golf course as well. He is just a natural winner. However, according to a big-time actor, Jordan actually didn’t come out victorious when playing him in golf. That actor is Samuel L. Jackson.
Michael Jordan loves to play golf
While there are, of course, many great Michael Jordan basketball stories, there are plenty of great golf stories about MJ as well.
According to Golf Digest, a few of them include: the time he pounded on Chuck Daly’s hotel room “at the crack of dawn” to force him into a rematch, or when he bet Tiger Woods that he would break 92 while playing at the Golf Digest U.S. Open Challenge in 2009. There was also the time he even lost $1.25 million while golfing with a friend during a 10-day time frame.
Many of the stories about Jordan golfing are quite legendary. Most of them seem to include betting, too, as he even had to testify in court once about a $57,000 check he wrote to someone who had been in trouble for money laundering and conspiracy, according to CBS Sports. The check, though, ended up being for a debt that he had racked up while gambling on the golf course.
Golfing and gambling seem to go hand in hand for Jordan. This seems to especially be the case when golfing against guys like Samuel L. Jackson.
Samuel L. Jackson said he beat Michael Jordan in golf
When appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2017, Samuel L. Jackson discussed how he enjoys gambling while golfing. Kimmel then asked him if he had ever gambled and golfed with Michael Jordan. Jackson, of course, said yes.
“Did you win,” Kimmel asked.
“Yeah,” Jackson said.
Jackson then said that Jordan “wants something at stake all the time.”
“Mike used to be; I haven’t played with him in years, but [it] used to be [that] Mike would try to bet amounts of money that made you uncomfortable,” Jackson said. “But it’s kind of like — ‘Dude, we’re all millionaires. I’m not nervous about that. So, let it go.’”
That may have been true at the time, but Jordan is now actually a billionaire, according to Forbes. But you get the point Jackson was trying to make.
“I remember when he was shooting Space Jam out here, guys were fighting each other at Riviera to play him,” he said. “Mike’s a good golfer … being an athlete, sometimes you say your handicap’s one thing because you’re an athlete, and it’s not, and it’s not to your advantage to lie about your handicap.”
So, Jackson essentially said that just because someone is an athlete doesn’t necessarily make them a great golfer, and it certainly doesn’t mean that they can beat him.
Whether Michael Jordan beats guys like Samuel L. Jackson on the golf course or not, though, he was the ultimate winner on the basketball court.
Michael Jordan was nearly unbeatable in basketball
Michael Jordan may lose from time to time in golf, but he was unstoppable in basketball. Jordan earned 14 All-Star selections in his NBA career, won the NBA MVP award five times, won six NBA championships with the Bulls, and won six NBA Finals MVPs. Jordan’s 6-0 record in the NBA finals is also a big reason why many people consider him to be the GOAT.
Jordan was also an unstoppable scorer, as he led the NBA in points per game 10 times, and his career points-per-game average of 30.1 is No. 1 in NBA history.
Yes, Michael Jordan is pretty good at golf, but no matter how good he gets, he will never be as good in that sport as he was at basketball.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference