Wednesday, June 24th, 2009 at 4:08 pm  |  26 responses

MJ’s Son Calling It Quits from Hoops

Keep ya head up Jeff. Not everyone can be like Mike: “Jeff Jordan, two-year reserve point guard for the Illini basketball team, has decided he will not be returning for the upcoming season. Jordan, son of Michael Jordan, said that he wants to focus more on academics and life after college. ‘I loved playing for the Fighting Illini and appreciate the support I was given by my teammates, coaches and the great fans here,’ Jordan said in a press release. ‘But I have come to the point where I’m ready to focus on life after basketball. I will concentrate on earning my degree from the University of Illinois and the opportunities that await upon graduating.’”

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Nothing wrong with trying to get your higher learning on. Do it big, Jeff.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    So he’s gonna play baseball now?

  • J Dub

    Good example for these kids out there

  • http://www.nba.com JE


  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    @ Russ: He did that back in high school. He’s going to take over the Wizards now.

  • seppo

    well, the illini wont miss him. his stat line was always something like this: 11 minutes, 0 points, 0 rebounds, 1 assist.

  • F.C.

    Tough to follow his dad’s footsteps. I wish him the best. Get that degree, the rest will fall into place.

  • http://www.okayplayer.com doyouwantmore

    That would kind of suck trying to live up to what MJ did. But then it would sort of suck not being MJ’s kid.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ Moose

    Good decision. Go get ‘em, Jeff.

  • TADOne

    He knew when to call it quits. He already has one up on his dad.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Good luck on the academics, Jeff.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    inevitable, but good on you and good luck with the academic side of life.

  • niQ


  • nba kid

    good luck man
    that’s a good life skill: knowing when to quit
    he sure didnt get that from his dad

  • Mike

    Probably lifted a ton of him, good luck.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Yes yes, we know — Money should’ve finished off in ’98 but we’re talking as if he came out of retirement and thoroughly embarrassed himself. He made the damn All-Star team for heaven’s sake.

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the balla

    Man, that is great, honestly. He probly stresses aLOT about trying to be great. Now he can really focus on become a business man like his father.

  • Grant

    College athletes have tutors who are by their side all day and he was already a good student with basketball. His heart is not in it and he is tired of trying to live up to hype. It is a shame but oh well. There are only about 17997056334 kids that would die to have a scholarship to play basketball at illinois

  • Prison Mike

    I’m sure he is only 99.9% sure he is not coming back to basketball.

  • http://nbacheapseats.blogspot.com Chendaddy

    Good decision. No need to live under that shadow. Godspeed, Heir Jordan.

  • Peter

    Life after basketball? What’s to focus on when your dad’s Michael Jordan.

  • trick..

    good choice to make, gotta go your own way in life..

    cant be playing under the ‘mj’s son’ tag all his life

  • http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/.a/6a00d83451c3cb69e201156fbef83c970c-pi ENDS

    More to Life than just Ball Jeff. Good Decision

  • Josh D

    Oh. I thought you meant Marcus

  • D.Mosley

    The academic thinq is a bluff he knew he wasnt qoinq anywhere so he just quit and try to portray that he wants to work on academics and life after colleqe if i was him i would just work for dad’s and still make mil’s waste of good qenes.