In his 18 year career, Michael Jordan won six NBA championships, five MVP awards, and developed the most popular line of sneakers in history. To celebrate the greatest basketball player of all-time’s first half century on this Earth, Complex has put together a fascinating article, “50 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jordan.” MJ turns 50 years old on Sunday.
A few of the standout “Things You Didn’t Know”:
49. He was never actually cut from his high school basketball team.
46. Jordan grew up rooting for NC State, not UNC.
44. Every 10 days, he gets a manicure.
41. His original shoe deal with Nike was for $2.5M over five years.
32. He never saw “The Shot” over Craig Ehlo go in. His iconic celebration was based purely on the reaction of the crowd.
31. He preferred Adidas to Nike.
23. He ate the same meal before every game: a 23-ounce steak, a baked potato, and a ginger ale.
17. A mutual fund executive once beat him in a game of one-on-one at his “Flight School” in Las Vegas.