It's All About That Winning Cigar: NBA Finals
In light of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Finals kicking off, or should we say throwing off this week, we wanted to get into the sporting spirit of things and take a look at some successful basketball players, past and present, who smoke classic Cuban cigars to celebrate some of their most cherished and biggest achievements.
The NBA Finals occurs annually every year and takes place every June in the United States of America. Two conferences make up the National Basketball Associate, Eastern and Western, and both compete in a best of seven game series for the title of league champion. The winning team gets awarded the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
Cigars, particularly Limited Edition Cuban Cigars, are usually saved for special occasions and smoked as a form of celebration. Athletes have been known to ‘light up’ to commemorate a game/event/title/trophy and have always spoken fondly of the pleasure they find in such moments.
One of the most iconic players in the NBA Finals is, of course, Michael Jordan. Jordan as captain of the Chicago Bulls, led the team to six NBA Championships, won five Most Valuable Player awards and scored a whooping total of 1,176 points in the finals.
Michael Jordan is known to smoke a cigar after a great game. In fact, Jordan told Cigar Aficionado, that he smoked his first cigar in 1991 after winning the championship, when Jerry Reinsdorf gave him one of his cigars. Personally we can’t think of a better way to celebrate!
Michael Jordan said in the interview that his favourite cigars are the Partagas Lusitanias and that he’s in love with Cuban cigars. Well it’s obvious he’s got fantastic taste isn’t it?
LeBron James is another very well known athlete who is partial to smoking a cigar. Unlike Michael Jordan, who prefers to be a little more conservative about his love of cigars, Le Bron James, player for Cleveland Cavaliers, proudly shows his passion on his social media platforms and in his general life. James too took the opportunity to smoke a cigar after a glorious NBA championship victory in 2016. He’s mostly been seen smoking larger ring gauges, so we know for a fact that he’d love the H.Upmann Magnum 50, that’s if he doesn’t already!
Steph Curry was just last year filmed on national TV smoking a cigar right after his team’s NBA win. It was reported that Curry had hoped to smoke the cigar the year before, until his team lost to Cleveland (LeBron obviously enjoyed his celebratory cigar so much more knowing Curry couldn’t smoke his), so saved it for the next year when his team, Golden State Warriors, won the NBA Championships. After yesterdays game we’ll have to see who out of LeBron James and Steph Curry gets the opportunity to do so this year.
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