Michael Jordan was one of the best basketball players of all time. He was born in 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. Soon after he was born, his parents moved the family to Wilmington, North Carolina. Michael excelled at sports from an early age. Although he was cut from the Laney High School varsity basketball team his sophomore year in high school, he grew four inches over the summer and averaged 25 points per game as a junior. During his senior year, he became the only player in high school basketball history to average a triple-double (at least 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists per game). That year, 1982, he was named a McDonald’s High School All-American and received a scholarship to play basketball at the University of North Carolina. Michael quickly became a star under the tutelage of North Carolina head basketball coach Dean Smith. During his freshman year, he hit the game-winning shot against Georgetown University that resulted in a national championship. As a senior, he earned the Naismith Award as the top basketball player in college basketball. After his junior year, Jordan decided to leave North Carolina to enter the NBA draft.
In the draft, the Chicago Bulls picked Jordan third overall. Jordan’s impact on the NBA (National Basketball Association) was legendary. During his rookie season with the Bulls, he scored 40 points or more seven times. In addition, Jordan made the NBA All-Star team and won the Rookie of the Year award. After sitting out much of the 1985–1986 season because of a foot injury, Jordan’s exploits on the basketball court continued to astound fans, coaches, and fellow players. In the 1986–1987 season, he averaged an unheard of 37.1 points per game.
From making spectacularly unimaginable shots, to winning slam-dunk contents, the high-flying, tongue-wagging Jordan soon became the most popular athlete in the world. Intimidating and extremely competitive, he had a knack for hitting game-winning shots and playing tenacious defense. He established marketing deals with some of the world’s largest companies such as Nike, Haines, Gatorade, McDonald’s, Wheaties, and MCI. Nike’s Air Jordan shoe line became one of the most popular of all time. One Gatorade commercial that featured Jordan and the song “If I Could be Like Mike,” is one of the most recognizable commercials involving a professional athlete in TV history. Other commercials, such as those starring him alongside movie producer Spike Lee, were also very successful. He even starred in the Disney film “Space Jam.”
Despite his success both on the court and off, Jordan and the Chicago Bulls failed to make the NBA Finals until 1991, when they finally defeated the rival Detroit Pistons in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. That year, they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers to win the NBA championship and Michael Jordan was named MVP. Jordan and his Chicago Bulls teammates went on to win three consecutive championships from 1991–1993. Michael won the Most Valuable Player in the NBA finals each time. He also won an Olympic gold medal (actually, his second) as one of the captains of America’s “Dream Team” in 1992.
In July of 1993, however, Michael’s father, James Jordan, was found murdered on a North Carolina highway. The loss of his father was devastating for Michael. Just three months later, he announced his (first) retirement from basketball. He did not stay away from sports for long. In 1994, Michael pursued his dream of playing baseball. He played for the Birmingham Barons, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. Unfortunately, Michael was less than successful in baseball. He only batted .203 and was never called up to the Major Leagues. In 1995, Michael Jordan decided to come back to the NBA and briefly wore the number “45” because “23” had already been retired by the Bulls. He would go on to lead the Bulls to three more NBA championships. Once again, he was selected as the MVP of the NBA Finals each time. On January 13, 1999, with seemingly nothing more to prove or accomplish, Michael Jordan retired for a second time. Despite his retirement, Jordan could not let go of his competitive urges. In 2001–2002, after serving as an executive for the Washington Wizards, Jordan returned to the court as a guard for them. Although his skills were noticeably diminished, he averaged 22.9 points per game. In 2002–2003, Jordan averaged 20 points per game and participated in his 13th all-star game. The halftime show was a dedication to Jordan’s career, and Mariah Carey even sang a musical tribute to him. On February 21, 2003, he became the first 40-year-old player to score 40 points in a game. On April 16, 2003, Jordan played his very last game in the NBA against the Philadelphia 76ers. Although he scored only 15 points, the normally harsh Philadelphia fans gave him a three-minute standing ovation. In addition, the Miami Heat retired the number “23,” even though Jordan had never played for them. Jordan retired forever after the 2003 season. He ended his career as the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer with 32,292 total points. He led the NBA in scoring ten times during his career and made the NBA all-defensive team nine times.
Jordan going to the basket for a score in 1987-88 NBA season
|No. 23, 45, 12, 09|
|Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||(1963-02-17) February 17, 1963 (age 55)|
Brooklyn, New York
|High school||Emsley A. Laney|
(Wilmington, North Carolina)
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||216 lb (98 kg)|
|College||North Carolina (1981–1984)|
|NBA Draft||1984 / 3rd overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Pro career||1984–1993, 1995–1998, 2001–2003|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
|Basketball Hall of Fame as player|
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a former Americanbasketball player. He is widely considered the greatest GOAT. He won six championships and six times he was the Finals MVP. He played for both the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. Jordan led the Bulls to a record 72 wins in the 1995-96 NBA Season. Jordan earned the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness" due to his leaping ability which was illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests. Jordan won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA, famously playing on the 1992 Dream Team. During the early part of his college career, he went by Mike Jordan, and he still uses Mike as a nickname to this day.
Family and early years[change | change source]
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, he is the son of Deloris (née Peoples), who worked in banking, and James R. Jordan, Sr., an equipment supervisor. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was a toddler.
Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordan's brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army.
Early career[change | change source]
As a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan did not make his school's varsity (main) basketball team. This inspired him to work harder, and he made the team the next year. In 1981, he went to the University of North Carolina to play. He averaged 13.5 points per game his freshman year, and 20 points per game his sophomore year. Under coach Dean Smith's system, no player was allowed to average more than 20 ppg. North Carolina won the national championship in 1982, Jordan's freshman year. Jordan made the winning shot with 18 seconds left in the championship game. After Jordan's junior year in college, he said that he would be leaving college to play in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls chose him with the third pick in the 1984 NBA draft. He never served as a team captain in college.
NBA career[change | change source]
In 1993, after winning three NBA championships in a row, Jordan said that he would retire and switch to a career in minor league baseball. He played for the Birmingham Barons, a minor league team in the Chicago White Sox's system, but hit only one home run during his whole baseball career. In 1995, Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA with a two word announcement: "I'm back". He was back in time to play for the Bulls in the 1995 playoffs, but the Bulls lost in the playoffs before reaching the NBA Finals. However, the next three seasons after that, the Bulls won the championship. This included the 1995-1996 season, when the Bulls won 72 games in the regular season and only lost 10. In 1996, he starred in the live-action / animated comedy movie Space Jam as himself. Jordan retired for a second time in 1998, but was still not done playing. He would buy part of the Washington Wizards basketball team, and played for the Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and ended his playing career after that.
Player Profile[change | change source]
Michael Jordan played mostly shooting guard. He was widely heralded as the most skilled and accomplished basketball player of all time. He could score from anywhere on the floor and was a 83% free throw shooter, coupled with being arguably the greatest defensive shooting guard of all time. He is widely considered the greatest offensive player of all time, in part due to his ability to drive, finish at the rim and mid-range game. He scored using post-ups, layups, dunks and three-pointers. He had great jumping ability and was extremely agile in the air. During the 1986-87 season, he averaged 37.1 points per game. Jordan was a great rebounder for his size. Sometimes he would intimidate his teammates or opponents. He was a very focused player with a great work ethic.
After retiring[change | change source]
Jordan is now the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets. He was chosen to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
References[change | change source]
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Michael Jordan at Wikimedia Commons
- ↑Michael Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- ↑Michael Jordan: A tribute: Praise from his peers, NBA's 50 greatest sing MJ's praises, Sports Illustrated, February 1, 1999. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- ↑Top N. American athletes of the century, ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2007.
- ↑Schwartz, Larry. "Michael Jordan transcends hoops". espn.com. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- ↑"Michael Jordan NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 22, 2010.
- ↑"BULLS: History of the Chicago Bulls". nba.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- ↑ 7.07.1""I'm Back" - Top 10 Michael Jordan Moments - TIME". time.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
- ↑"Michael Jordan Owner Press Conference". hoopeduponline.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010.