Michael Jordan Once Revealed a Mind-Boggling Fact: “I Got My Degree in Coastal Geography. I Wanted to Be the Weatherman”

Published 12/03/2021, 3:31 PM EST
The Bulls’ Michael Jordan drives to the basket as teammate Dennis Rodman and the Clippers’ Loy Vaught(left) look on during game at Sports Arena earlier this season. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The history of the NBA is full of what-ifs. Like, what if Charlotte never traded Kobe’s pick? What if Chris Paul actually joined Kobe at the Lakers? What if Michael Jordan never retired from basketball? For the greatest championship comeback of all time, what if LeBron James never blocked Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals?

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And what if Anthony Carter’s agent never forgot to extend his contract? What if Stephen Curry never joined the NBA? And the biggest of them all, what if Michael Jordan never pursued professional basketball? You read that right; it was actually a genuine possibility that Michael Jordan never played basketball. However, he would still have appeared regularly on television. Just not in the way one could imagine.

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If Michael Jordan never played basketball, what would he have done?

The widely known best player in the history of NBA basketball, Michael Jordan could have been a weatherman. According to sources, Michael Jordan revealed an insane fact in 2015 about his alternatives to basketball. Jordan told a group of kids at his basketball camp in California what he would have done if he hadn’t been a basketball player.

28 April 2010: NBA great and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan during the Pro-Am of the Quail Hollow Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Chris Keane/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

He said, “I went to college. I got my degree in coastal geography”. He explained, “Everybody wants to know: What’s coastal geography? Well, it’s an introduction to meteorology. I always wanted to be the weatherman. Don’t laugh. It’s funny, but that’s what I really wanted to do.” Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

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What would this mean for the Chicago Bulls and the NBA?

Let’s assume Michael Jordan never got drafted into the NBA. This would undoubtedly mean Charles Barkley could have been on the cards for Chicago Bulls. Consequently, a whole new era involving the rivalry between Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley could have meant a complete change in NBA history.

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The debate over who is the greatest of all time could have many more NBA legends. Like Olajuwon, Barkley, Ewing, and Stockton who were all arguably robbed of NBA rings by Jordan. It might still not be a debate if LeBron James and Kobe Bryant still performed the way they did in their career. But it would rewrite and redefine NBA’s history books for sure.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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