This is one of the better Michael Jordan stories that we have heard over the years.
On Thursday, former Blackhawks star Jeremy Roenick appeared on WSCR’s McNeil & Parkins Show where he was asked if he ever gambled with Jordan while on the golf course.
According to Roenick, he and Jordan went golfing the Blackhawks had a day off, but the Bulls had a game that night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Roenick assumed the day was done after winning a “couple thousand (dollars),” off Jordan, but it had only just begun.
“‘Meet me at Sunset Ridge, early. We’re gonna go play 18 holes’” Roenick recalled Jordan saying. “We played a round, I beat him for a couple thousand and got ready to leave … Now, the Bulls are playing that night. They played Cleveland that night. I’m thinking he’s leaving, it’s 10 o’clock. He goes, ‘No, let’s go play again.’
“So we go and fill up a bag full of ice and Coors Light and walk again. We roll around another 18 and I take him for another couple [thousand dollars]. Now we’ve been drinking all afternoon and he’s going from Sunset Ridge to the stadium, to play a game. I’m messing around. I’m like, “I’m gonna call my bookie. All the money you just lost to me, I’m putting on Cleveland.’
“He goes, ‘I’ll tell you what. I’ll bet you that we’ll win by 20 points and I have more than 40 [points].’ I’m like, ‘Done.’ Son of a gun goes out and scores 52 and they win by 26 points or something.”
Roenick stated Jordan would go on to score 52 points and the Bulls won by 20+ after Jordan played 36 holes and downed “maybe 10 Bud Lights.”
This 1988 game against the Cavs seems to be the one Roenick is referring to. MJ was 20-31 shooting on the night and a perfect 12-12 on free throws.
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