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Michael Jordan: A Cigar Before Every Home Game

Apr 29, 2020 | By David Savona
Michael Jordan: A Cigar Before Every Home Game
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Michael Jordan, who now smokes six cigars a day, sat down with Marvin R. Shanken in 2005.

Michael Jordan dominated the NBA in a stellar career that saw him lead the Chicago Bulls to six championships. But few know that he soared above the competition after smoking cigars.

The NBA legend smoked a cigar before every home game, puffing away to deal with the Chicago traffic. “I started smoking a cigar going to the games. In 1993. It became a ritual for every home game,” he said in an exclusive 2005 interview with Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken, his first with the magazine.

“I started out with the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona. … I never rushed. … It became such a relaxing thing to do. Not many people know about it. When they read this, they’ll know that each and every day for a home game, I smoked a cigar. I wanted that feeling of success, and relaxation. It’s the most relaxing thing,” added Jordan.

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