Cigar Aficionado’s Uncut Video Interview with Michael Jordan

Photo/David Yellen – Used with Permission from Cigar Aficionado

In the Fall of 2017, Cigar Aficionado editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken sat down with basketball hero, billionaire and cigar maven, Michael Jordan. The interview was videotaped and is actually the second Shanken has done with the athlete that famed Celtic Larry Bird once dubbed, “one of a kind.” The timing of the interview was to coincide with the release of Cigar Aficionado’s 25th Anniversary issue and was filmed during concurrent production of Jordan’s 10-part biopic, “The Last Dance.” The full, uncut version of the interview was released and published on YouTube last month. Want to know what cigar is Jordan’s favorite? Well, it’s not the pre-Castro Cuban goodies Shanken shares with Jordan late in the interview.

Used with Permission from Cigar Aficionado

A noble YouTuber (RavenStillBeguiling) decided to dissect each question/answer session and link it to its respective timing mark in the video. We have not checked to be sure they were 100% accurate, so we’ll let you be the judge.

  • 3:13 – Who his sports idols growing up were
  • 4:45 – On being voted the most popular athlete ever
  • 5:20 – Biggest regret in life
  • 7:19 – How the NBA should handle young recruits
  • 11:53 – The role agents play in the career of newly drafted players
  • 14:39 – The challenges of making his team (Hornets) champions, why the talent pool is so different now
  • 18:01 – His role in recruiting NBA players
  • 19:33 – What motivated him to own a team
  • 22:42 – Air Jordans and how involved he is in that business
  • 25:38 – His other business ventures
  • 27:51 – His interest in wine, cigars
  • 29:29 – His interest in golf
  • 30:04 – Talks about new golfer recruits
  • 33:10 – Talks about Tiger Woods and social media
  • 34:42 – On giving someone GOAT status
  • 36:57 – His relationship with Derek Jeter
  • 39:02 – On never wanting to be a coach, how his tough mentality would make that hard
  • 40:04 – His favorite cigars
  • 41:58 – On his dream of visiting Cuba
  • 44:32 – On being a billionaire
  • 45:14 – Talk about his father
  • 50:40 – What’s on his bucket list?
  • 51:22 – The Last Dance
  • 56:52 – Why he’s done being in the limelight

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