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Michael Jordan Had A "Love For The Game Clause" In His Contract

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

Michael Jordan is considered to be not only the greatest basketball player of all time but also one of the most competitive and dominant athletes in the history of the human race.

He would get what he wanted, when he wanted, how he wanted, so obviously; the Chicago Bulls always tried to do whatever they could to keep him satisfied and stop him from taking his talents elsewhere.

That's why they even agreed to add a 'Love for the Game' clause on his contract which allowed him to play wherever and whenever he wanted, regardless of if he made a profit out of it or if he was just hooping on his local YMCA for the mere love for the game, according to Sports Illustrated Rohan Nadkarni:

"Michael Jordan had a clause in his contract called 'For the Love of the Game' that allowed him to play basketball anytime, anywhere, for any reason: The Bulls were never really in a position to negotiate with the greatest player to ever dribble a basketball. Jordan asked for a clause allowing him to play basketball any time, anywhere, because he just loved hooping that much. NBA teams often try to stop players from engaging in physical activity in the off-season. (You may remember Monta Eliis earning a 30-game suspension from who else, the Warriors, after a moped injury in the off-season.) But no one stops Michael Jordan from stepping on a basketball court," read the report.

Most athletes try and preserve their bodies as much as they can, so playing during the offseason or in charity events is off the table at times. However, Jordan just wasn't going to stop hooping, so the team had to agree to this clause, as reported by Jesse Dorsey of Bleacher Report:

"Back in the early days of the booming baseball era, Babe Ruth was infamously suspended for barnstorming during the offseason. That is, he toured the country making extra money playing exhibition games in all corners of the nation, and even some outside of it. It makes sense that the league would be angry—the most marketable player in the game was risking injury for a few extra bucks. However, Michael Jordan had a clause in his contract that he was allowed to play basketball whenever he wanted to. Jordan could play in exhibition games, scrimmages, or just a pickup game in a random park whenever he wanted—the only player that general manager Jerry Krause ever thought about giving this clause to," Dorsey added.

How many hoopers would've asked for this kind of contract nowadays? The answer must be pretty close to zero. But even if they asked, there's no way in hell a franchise's accepting those terms. They could've only done it for Michael Jeffrey Jordan, the GOAT.