Iconic Resurfaced Photo Shows Michael Jordan, Now a Billionaire, Splurging Big Money at a 1992 Chicago Bulls Party

Published 06/20/2022, 9:00 AM EDT
PHOENIX – JUNE 20: NBA Commissioner David Stern presents Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls the championship trophy after the Bulls defeated the Phoenix Suns in Game Six of the 1993 NBA Finals on June 20, 1993 at America West Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1993 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player ever. He is a 6-time NBA Champion, 6-time Finals MVP, and 14-time All-Star among a plethora of achievements. Jordan was integral in popularizing the sport in the 1980s and 1990s and he became a global cultural icon in the process. While he consistently won on the court of basketball, he lived his life king size.

He spent a lot of money on things he liked to do off the court of basketball, such as golf, gambling, etc. He truly defined the mantra of ‘work hard, party harder’.

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A recently resurfaced picture indicates that Jordan left no stones unturned when it came to celebrating winning a championship. It is truly an iconic photo that showed what really happened after the Bulls won another title.

The Chicago Bulls celebrate winning the Larry O’Brien trophy

The Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1992 NBA Finals to win their second championship in as many years. Jordan was named the Finals MVP for the second consecutive year. The Bulls established themselves as the team to beat in the NBA. To commemorate their second title, the Bulls players and staff had a big celebration.

In this picture, Jordan can be seen smoking a cigar while signing the cheque for drinks. While he may have spent a huge amount on making sure the entire locker room partied hard, it would have definitely been worth it. This celebration is apt for champions and it must have been a long, fun night of partying.

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The Bulls legend, in many ways, was a pioneer for the sport of basketball. He helped the sport become global, and he also ensured people enjoyed the success they achieved by working hard.

Michael Jordan is an icon

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MJ was a role model for most of the guys in today’s NBA. He was drafted by a floundering Chicago Bulls franchise and completely turned their fortunes around. The Bulls became probably the most famous franchise in American sports due to the excellence of ‘His Airness’. Jordan lived life on his own terms, and he didn’t let anyone else dictate what he wanted to do.

MIAMI – MAY 26: Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls drives the ball up court against the Miami Heat in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 1997 NBA Playoffs at the Miami Arena on May 26, 1997, in Miami, Florida. The Heat defeated the Bulls 87-80. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

He retired from basketball to pursue baseball after winning three NBA championships in a row. Eventually, MJ came back and lead the Bulls to another three-peat. While Jordan was a legend on the court of basketball, he made sure he enjoyed the success that came with it as well. And became the world’s richest athlete ever.

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Pragya Vashisth

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Pragya is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed Masters in Sports Management from the International Institute of Sports Management, Mumbai, he has been a passionate fan of the NBA since 2010. Pragya is a massive supporter of LeBron James and just wants to enjoy the twilight years of his Hall of Fame career.

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