Don’t worry who got next, MJ still got now. 12 years after playing his last NBA game, Michael Jordan still dominates the sports world, showing them how it should be done. According to Forbes Magazine, the basketball superstar made more money selling sneakers last year than he did during his entire 15-year playing career to become the highest-paid retired athlete in 2014.Of the $34 billion the sneaker industry made between June 2014 and June 2015, Jordan’s line of Nike Air Jordans raked in a staggering $100 million last year, topping the $94 million he earned playing for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards from 1984 to 2003.Take the launch of the retro Air Jordan XI “Legend Blue” on Dec. 20. It sold out on Nike’s website in three hours. Other retailers also quickly emptied their supply. At an average price of $180, according to SportScanInfo, Nike sold more than $80 million of the “Legend Blue” within its first week with most of the sales on the first day, Forbes reports.
It was reported in August that Jordan made $75.5 million from endorsement deals in 2012, which is more than any active NBA player. LeBron James, by comparison, made a league-high $44 million last year while Kevin Durant ($35 million) and Kobe Bryant ($26 million) rounded out the top three.
Whether we talking ball or kicks, Jordan shows he is still the G.O.A.T.