Imagine for a minute that you’re going through old boxes in a storage container, and under a heap of sweaters you find a Wilson golf bag with Michael Jordan’s name on it. Then, inside the golf bag, you also find a set of old Ping Eye2 BeCU irons stamped with the iconic red Jordan “Jumpman” logo on their soles, and “Air Jordan” stamped on the hosels.
If you’re into Jordan memorabilia like I am, then you’d probably faint on the spot. If you’re three-time NBA Champion Scott Williams, though, then that story actually happened to you.
During the height of Jordan’s basketball career in the NBA, he won six championships with the Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998). Williams, who spent 15 years in the NBA with seven different teams, was a member of that three-peat-winning Bulls team from 1990-1994.
Although Williams is an avid golfer now – with memberships at multiple high-end courses (Old Head Golf Links, Silverleaf Country Club, Whisper Rock Country Club, Gozzer Ranch and Commonwealth National) – he didn’t play much golf while on the Bulls team.
Jordan, on the other hand, was one of the most high-profile golf addicts on earth. As such, golf manufacturers clamored for his attention and would send him countless golf products to try out. One day after basketball practice, Jordan invited some of the Bulls team members to come over to his house and rummage through his golf collection.
“It was like walking into a golf warehouse,” Williams told GOLF’s Fully Equipped podcast. “There was stuff everywhere. Bags, shoes, balls, head covers, it was unbelievable. He just started handing guys bags and irons and drivers, fairway woods, and all this stuff. And he gave me this bag with his name on it, and I went, ‘Ooh, I like that.’”
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