The Time Michael Jordan Appeared On A Japanese Game Show And Made ‘9 Hoops’ History

Ross Bentley, Uproxx

In 2000, Michael Jordan was a year removed after retiring from the NBA a second time following his sixth championship with the Bulls. MJ wouldn’t return to the Association as a player until 2001 with the Wizards, but there’s video of him playing in the interval between that second comeback in an incredibly bizarre Japanese game show.

The show, Pro Sportsman, is produced by the same people who made the original version of Ninja Warrior. In the version that subsequently made its way to Japanese television, MJ is tasked with two different iterations of the game “9 Hoops.” That game is pretty self-explanatory based on the title — Jordan has to make a shot in nine different hoops.


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