Basketball Hall of Famer and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and his wife of seven months, Yvette Prieto, announced through a representative over the weekend that they are expecting their first child.
Alexis L. Loinaz of People first received confirmation from Jordan's representative. Jordan, 50, has been dating Prieto, 35, since meeting her at a Miami club in 2008, and the couple was married at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-By-The Sea in Palm Beach, Fla. in April of this year in a ceremony attended by more than 500 people.
“They’ve been planning for months and months,” a source told People of the ceremony. “He wanted to give Yvette everything she’s ever wanted.”
Apparently, those wants included Prieto having Jordan's fourth child. The six-time NBA champion has three kids—Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine—from his previous marriage to Juanita Vanoy. Jordan and Vanoy divorced in 2006 after 17 years of marriage.
If His Airness' previous kin are any indication, it's likely basketball rests somewhere in his or her future. Jeffrey played two seasons of college basketball at Illinois (2009-10) and Central Florida (2011-12) before leaving basketball for good in 2012. Marcus had a stellar two-season run at UCF from 2010-12, but he decided to leave the team in August of last year.
Jasmine Jordan did not play basketball while attending Syracuse, but she helped host the school's Midnight Madness event in 2012 with former Orange guard Scoop Jardine.
Since walking away from his NBA career for a final time in 2003, M.J. has kept himself busy off the floor. He continues to play a prominent role in the Jordan Brand with Nike, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and bought a majority stake in the Bobcats in 2010.
The child will be the first for Prieto, a Cuban-American model who has done most of her work in high fashion. It's unknown whether her family has any basketball background. For the sake of all future generations of basketball fans, let's hope the answer is yes.
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