His Airness has an affinity for the skies that extends beyond soaring above the rim.
Michael Jordan, considered by many as the greatest basketball player of all time, told a crowd of 800 young athletes attending his basketball camp Saturday night he would have pursued meteorology if the whole hoops thing hadn’t worked out.
“I was gonna tell you what the weather’s going to be like tomorrow,” he said during a question and answer session at the 20th annual Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif, captured by Bay Area HQ, a sports and entertainment news media organization.
Here’s Jordan’s full response to the question about what we he would’ve done if he couldn’t play basketball or baseball:
I went to college. I got my degree in coastal geography. 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.
So if I wasn’t playing basketball or baseball, I was gonna tell you what the weather’s going to be like tomorrow.
Jordan is not the only pro basketball player or superstar athlete to be drawn to meteorology.
The NBA’s Kevin Durant also aspired to be a weatherman and has an entire line of weather-themed Nike shoes and related apparel.
This past spring, Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was outed for following 20 weather-related Twitter counts.
Perhaps, then, it’s no coincidence that when Jordan was asked if he could add one player, from any sport, to Team Jordan (“the best from basketball, football, baseball, and more“), he named Trout. “I absolutely love him,” Jordan said.
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