‘Go get a job first’: Despite son Marcus’ gesture of honour, dad Michael Jordan unimpressed but ultimately ‘loved it’

Every father hopes his children will achieve greater things in life than themselves. Michael Jordan wanted the same for his children Jeffrey and Marcus. However, it is a bit difficult to imitate your parents, if their name is Michael Jordan. While Jordan didn’t push his children to follow in his footsteps, he taught them to work hard to achieve recognition and greatness. Jeffrey and Marcus aimed to become basketball stars like their dad, but soon realized they were meant to take a different path. Jeffrey Jordan co-founded the philanthropic Heir Jordan Foundation while Marcus opened his own Jordan-inspired sneaker store in Chicago.

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Marcus revealed the conversation he had with Michael Jordan about starting his sneaker store, Trophy Room, during an NBA TV report in 2019. Jordan’s youngest son launched Trophy Room in 2016, a store that gives insight into Michael Jordan’s legacy with tons of cool sneakers.

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Michael Jordan once reacted to the idea of ​​his son

Marcus said the inspiration for his sneaker store came from their home’s trophy room, which contains all the awards Jordan has won in the NBA. The room was located in the center of Jordan’s home, providing an unobstructed view for anyone who visited. MJ’s son felt he wanted to create the House of Jordan vibe in his store while celebrating his father’s legacy by recreating timeless products.

Marcus shared his dad’s reaction when he pitched the trophy room idea to him. The former UCF goalkeeper said, “His first reaction was, go get a job first.”

Jordan reminded his son that he first had to learn how to run a store before he could own one. So, Marcus turned to his mentor and owner of the Whitaker band, James Whitner. He developed a great business relationship with Whitner and learned a lot from her salon with rentals and shopping. Additionally, Marcus has evolved in terms of navigating the retail business and returned to his father with a solid business plan.

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While Michael Jordan was tough on his kid over the business decision, he absolutely loved the trophy room opening in 2016. Marcus and MJ opened the store together on May 23, as a tribute to their jersey numbers 5 and 23. Marcus felt a weight lift on his shoulder as he had a well-maintained store to show off in front of his dad. And it turns out that Jordan absolutely “loved it.”

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So, Jordan was there to support his son on the happiest day of his life. Despite initially having doubts, MJ later embraced Marcus’ gesture of honor.

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