HAIRCUT 100: Day 51, No. 51. Michael Jordan, rated by his contemporaries as the greatest NBA player of his generation, if not ever. ‘There’s Michael Jordan,’ Magic Johnson famously said, ‘and then there is the rest of us.’ Jordan was one of the first celebrity athletes in the way we perceive sports marketing nowadays, but what underpinned his popularity was a natural talent and tremendous drive, coupled with a modest commitment to teamwork. He played fifteen seasons in the NBA, with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, also picking up two Olympic gold medals. His list of honours, awards and career achievements is staggering; and in 1994, a bronze statue of him entitled ‘The Spirit’ – sculptured by Omri Amrany and Julie Rotblatt-Amrany – was unveiled outside the United Center on West Madison Street, Chicago, the home of the Bulls. He also played basketball with Bugs Bunny in Ivan Reitman’s Space Jam in 1996 – what a guy! Now officially retired from the sport, he is the majority shareholder in the Charlotte Hornets, a professional basketball team based in North Carolina. Jordan has a famous brand partnership with Nike, and his net worth was recently ranked by Forbes as $1 Billion, making him the second richest African-American on the planet after Oprah Winfrey. ‘Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.’
This is the final day of Alopecia Awareness Month, but The Haircut 100 will continue. I promised a ton and I will deliver, so keep watching this space. With thanks for your continued support.