By Mirembe Martina
Meet Marcus Jordan, basketball legend, Micheal Jordan’s son.
Marcus, also a basketball player is currently 22 years old with two other siblings, Jeffrey Michael Jordan and Jasmine Jordan. At 16, Marcus did what almost every basketball player wishes to do, he beat his father in his own game. At the time, Marcus was a sophomore in high school and the game took place in his father’s gym at his Chicago house.
Talking about the only game in which he won his father, Marcus said, “I was so caught up in winning. It was a great feeling. I was really excited. It was like, ‘I do know what I’m doing!’ The time I spent practicing – it’s kind of paying off.” Although Marcus was ecstatic about beating his dad, his father was not satisfied when his 16-year-old son beat him. He checked the ball and started a new game and sure enough this time, the old man won. Since then, the two have never played again. “He walked away on top,” Marcus says. “I hope I get another chance.”
He wanted his own name to shine out not below his father’s own name but that was the way it was, and in a way, that is how it will always be. “The constant scrutiny, always people watching,” he says. Marcus decided to quit the game his father loves so much. He played with University of Central Florida (UCF) but decided to leave the game after his older brother, Jeffrey left and his best friend, A.J. Rompza also did the same. “My heart wasn’t in it,” Marcus says. “I didn’t want to go through a year of not being fully committed.”
Although he lived life in the limelight, Marcus loves doing the simple things in life. He’s still in business school at UCF, on course to graduate this August. He’s focusing on hospitality management, which includes taking cooking classes. He’s made steaks, soups. “I love it,” he says.
Despite leaving basketball, Marcus says he still loves the game and hopes to go back after sometime. In the past year, he’s spoken with his dad about entering the draft. “I haven’t ruled it out,” he says. “I’m still in shape. I wouldn’t say my basketball career is completely over.”
His hope at the time is to beat his dad again, “One time I’m gonna beat him,” Marcus says, “on the golf course.”