Michael Jordan Reveals How Bubba Wallace’s First NASCAR Win Left Him in Tears

Published 10/12/2021, 1:06 AM EDT
LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA – JUNE 26: NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan and co-owner of 23XI Racing looks on from the 23XI Racing pit box prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Pocono Organics CBD 325 at Pocono Raceway on June 26, 2021 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)


When we speak of the NBA, there can’t be a conversation without mentioning Michael Jordan. His legacy in the world of basketball grows deep. He solidified himself as a true winner in the sport. Winning six championships with the Bulls, he knows the sacrifice that comes with winning. However, he recently got his first win in another sport.

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At the end of the NASCAR season last year, Jordan created 23XI Racing with Denny Hamlin. Now, they won their first-ever NASCAR race; their driver Bubba Wallace won the race at the Talladega Superspeedway. His efforts finally payed off after a few top-five finishes.

LONG POND, PA – JUNE 26: Michael Jordan owner of 23XI Racing at his pit box prior to the NASCAR Cup Series – Pocono Organics CBD 325 on June 26,2021 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond,PA.(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

In an interview, Michael spoke about Bubba Wallace’s win and how it left him emotional as well.

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The 23XI has been a part of 30 races this season but saw no success. While speaking to Craig Melvin, Jordan spoke about Bubba’s win. He said that it was clear that Wallace put in a lot of work for his first win. Looking at the passion, Jordan revealed that even he couldn’t help but feel emotional looking at his driver.

Michael Jordan said: “To see the emotion from Bubba tells you everything about how much work he’s put into it. How much effort and how much he wanted to win, and I even dropped a tear because I know he’s passionate.”

Knowing Jordan, he will now eye for more success with 23XI going forward. However, when it comes to the NBA, MJ has the Charlotte Hornets with a lot of potential talent. But can they gain success like his NASCAR team?

Can Michael Jordan find similar success with Charlotte?

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The Hornets are a young team in the NBA. However, they have exciting talent in their roster. Notably, former ROTY, LaMelo Ball headlines the rosters’ young talent. But it seems too early to have hopes from the organization. While there is talent, they do lack in experience.

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets guard LaMelo Ball (2) drives to the basket against the New Orleans Pelicans in the second half at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

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The players with some playoff experience on the Hornets are Terry Rozier and Gordon Hayward. Apart from them, the whole team is young and yet to develop into their full potential. Hence, for now, they are still in the stage of figuring out what works best for the team.

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But, coming to the future, this team shows promising hopes. For now, they remain to be an exciting team to watch as they play with energy all night. Do you think the Charlotte Hornets could win a championship in the future? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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