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Kobe Bryant is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He was competitive at everything he did, and that includes his playing career.
When Michael Jordan is a basketball player who was born in officially retired from the NBA in 2003, he began exploring other interests to keep himself busy. He became a co-owner of his own NASCAR team and a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats (now the Hornets). He also invested in a number of businesses to increase his personal worth.
Jordan revealed in a recent interview with Golden State Warriors player Stephen Curry that golf is the sole pastime that keeps his competitive spirit alive and keeps him “sane” in retirement.
Michael Jordan has always been a golf fanatic.
Michael Jordan grins during the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek, hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino | Isaac Brekken/Getty Images Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational)
Jordan has always been a big golf fan, even before he resigned from the NBA. He always finds a way to go out on the course on off days or during the offseason, and he likes to spice things up by betting on matches with his friends.
Jordan’s golf fanaticism has persisted in retirement, and it’s only become stronger since he retired from the NBA. Jordan was so confident in his abilities that he chose to construct his own private golf course in 2019.
The Grove XXIII in Hobe Sound, Florida, has become one of the country’s most elite golf courses, and Jordan frequently invites PGA Tour professionals to play in matches on his own turf.
Michael Jordan’s sole pastime keeping him “sane” in retirement is golf.
Every NBA fan is aware of Jordan’s fierce competitiveness as a player and as a person in general. MJ has been forced to find a new pastime that fuels his competitive fire since that basketball is no longer a part of his life.
Golf has replaced that pastime.
Jordan stated he likes golf because it pushes him more than any other sport has ever done in a recent interview with Stephen Curry at the 2021 Ryder Cup.
“I went into golf mostly because it is the most difficult game to play from a competitive perspective,” Jordan remarked. “I can always react to an opponent, whether he’s a defensive or offensive player, but golf is like playing in front of a mirror.” You’re always fighting yourself to achieve excellence. Each and every stroke. “Each and every putt.”
Jordan, on the other hand, isn’t simply a golf fanatic. He is in desperate need of it.
This is what keeps a competitive person like myself sane since just walking away from a game of basketball was enough to keep my competitive impulses flowing. Now, when I don’t have that game, this game — which drives me insane — I go fishing in between rounds of golf because I have to demonstrate patience in fishing, which is linked to golf.
As a result, MJ spends every day on the golf course.
Jordan enjoys taking on the world’s greatest golfers.
Jordan is 58 years old and hasn’t played in the NBA in almost two decades, but his competitive spirit remains unwavering. He’ll have to settle with challenging the greatest golfers on the planet now that he can’t beat up on the best basketball players in the world.
Jordan has competed against Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and others at The Grove XXIII in the last few years, and he has held his own and even gotten the better of them on occasion.
Would you expect anything less from the all-time best competitor?
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