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Life After Basketball – Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Lebron James

Fans of basketball high and low can recognize success in their favorite players, both on and off the courts. It is no wonder then that many of them continue to follow their players’ successes even after they retire from basketball altogether, although that usually isn’t for very long. While there are many great basketball players through NBA history, there are several that stand out so well that even those who aren’t sports fans can recognize their names in any setting. The question remains, though, as to what these players have been up to after they ended their basketball careers. This article will take a look at the lives of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Yao Ming after they retired from basketball.

Michael Jordan

A prolific star in basketball history, no doubt, Michael Jordan has been in and out of retirement three times while also serving as the Director of Basketball Operations for the Wizards. His latest retirement in 2003, however, left him excluded from the Wizard family both on and off the court. Since then, Michael Jordan has concentrated his efforts on his Jordan clothing line, ideal for both basketball fans and the “big and tall” in general, as well as conducting charity golf events, and opening Michael Jordan Motorsports, a motorcycle competition. As of 2010, Jordan now controls a majority stake of the Charlotte Bobcats, which has since gained the reputation of the lowest winning percentage in NBA history.

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson, given the title of “greatest NBA point-guard of all time” by ESPN in 2007, has led an incredible life in both basketball and his personal life. After retiring from basketball, Johnson has served as an advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention and safe sex as well as a motivational speaker, travelling throughout the country to encourage young adults to follow their dreams. Magic Johnson is the owner of Magic Johnson Enterprises, a $700 million corporation that owns a chain of movie theaters, a movie studio, and a production company.

Yao Ming

Yao Ming, one of China’s most famous athletes, retired from basketball in 2011 due to foot and ankle injuries. Since then, Yao Ming has been enrolled in one-on-one lectures at the Antai College of Economics and Management in Shanghai, China. Yao Ming has also been involved in a large number of publicity agreements, including partnerships with Nike, Reebok, Pepsi, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa, Apple, and Garmin. Yao Ming has also been participating in many different charity events, such as raising money to stop the spread of SARS, raising donations for underprivileged children in China, and participating in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. As of 2012, Yao Ming started filming a documentary about the Northern White Rhinoceros and is currently considered a leading spokesperson for elephant conservation.

Jake has written this article for Gene Phillips a renowned basketball player who debuted in ABA on 1971.

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