Most grandparents are either called grandpa, grandma, grandpops, grandmamma or any other orthodox variation. But Michael Jordan is not your ordinary grandparent. He wants his grandson to call him something else.
Per Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Jordan's daughter Jasmine revealed how he'd like to be addressed by his grandson.
The legend continues to grow for MJ 🐐
— ESPN (@espn) April 20, 2020
For basketball fans, it's chilling to hear those two syllables. That name — as common as it is — creates very potent images of a 6-foot-6 man, draining fadeaway jumpers, dunking over people, hitting game-winners, raising MVP trophies, winning six championships, and achieving basketball immortality.
Michael Jordan's grandson will eventually discover how legendary his grandfather is. How the name “Michael” isn't just the name he mentions to call his grandfather's attention. It's synonymous with greatness, an obsession for excellence. It's the person that every single basketball player aspired to be. He would soon find out that the man he addresses by his first name is the Greatest of All Time.
Last year, Jordan actually shared some bits about being a grandfather for the first time. In an interview with Today, Jordan is relishing his time with him.
“Actually, it’s fun because I can actually hold him and play with him and I’m having fun watching him.”
Jasmine is actually Jordan's daughter from his ex-wife Juanita Vanoy. The baby's dad is Rakeem Christmas, a big man for the OGM Ormanspor of the Basketbol Süper Ligi. A Syracuse product, Christmas was drafted 36th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft and had played 30 games in the NBA.