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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Michael Jordan

EARLY LIFE

Michael Jeffery Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Deloris (née Peoples), who worked in banking, and James R. Jordan, Sr., an equipment supervisor.

Michael Jordan and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was a toddler.

In 1981, Jordan went to the University of North Carolina to play basketball. North Carolina won the national championship in 1982, his freshman year. Jordan made the winning shot with 18 seconds left in the championship game.

Jordan for the Laney High School varsity basketball team in 1979–80

PROFESSIONAL CAREER

In the 1984 NBA draft, the Chicago Bulls made the 6-foot, 6-inch (1.98-meter) Jordan the third player picked.

Wilt Chamberlain was the only other player to score 3,000 points in a season before Jordan did it in the 1986-87 season. He won seven consecutive scoring titles from the 1986-87 season through the 1992-93 season and a record eighth in the 1995-96 season.

Michael Jordan won back-to-back slam dunk contest victories in 1987 and in 1988. His victory over Dominique Wilkins on February 6, 1988 in Chicago finished with a perfect 50 dunk from the free-throw line on the far end of the court to win the contest. His signature slam dunk from the free throw line inspired Air Jordan and the Jumpman logo.


Michael Jordan popularized a dunk referred to by some fans as the "Leaner". This dunk was so called because Jordan's body was not perpendicular to the ground while performing the dunk.

Jordan led the Bulls to four world championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996. He was named most valuable player in each of the four championship series. He was also named most valuable player in the NBA at the end of the 1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, and 1995-96 seasons.

His career scoring average of 32.3 points was an NBA record.

Jordan led the United States basketball team to a gold medal in both the 1984 and 1992 Olympic Games.

LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the only basketball players to have won an Olympic Gold medal, regular season MVP, and NBA Finals MVP all in the same season.

Jordan retired from pro basketball on October 6, 1993, because he did not "have anything else to prove."

In 1994 he signed on to play for a minor league baseball team in the Chicago White Sox's system, the Birmingham Barons. However, Jordan hit only one home run during his whole baseball career.

After one season playing baseball, Jordan announced that he would return to the NBA with a two word announcement: "I'm back"  He returned in time to play for the Bulls in the 1995 playoffs, but the Bulls lost in the playoffs before reaching the NBA Finals.

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. No NBA team has ever won more regular season games in one season.

Jordan goes to the basket for a score in 1997.By Steve Lipofsky at basketballphoto.com, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1718870

Jordan retired for a second time in 1998, but was still not done playing. In 2001 he returned to the NBA with the Washington Wizards. (The Wizards lost 93-91 to the New York Knicks in his first game with them).

He played for the Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and ended his playing career after that.

The Miami Heat retired Michael Jordan's number 23 in April 2003 for "contributions to basketball." He never played for the team.

PERSONAL LIFE

Jordan earned the nickname "Air Jordan" due to his leaping ability which was illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests.

Michael Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today

Air Jordans were banned from the NBA as they didn't meet their standards. Michael Jordan wore them anyway and was fined $5,000 per game for wearing his signature shoes, but had Nike pay the fines.

Michael Jordan started the baggy shorts trend in the NBA. All because he wanted to wear his college shorts under his Chicago Bulls uniform.

Michael Jordan's father, James R. Jordan Sr., was murdered on July 23, 1993 by a guy wearing a Michael Jordan T-shirt.

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.

Grocery store chain Dominick’s Finer Foods ran a steak in Sports Illustrated congratulating Michael Jordan on entering the NBA Hall of Fame in 2009. Jordan sued and won $8.9 million for invoking his name without his permission.

Michael Jordan made more money in 2013 than his NBA salary for any year during his playing career.

When she was in third grade, Irene Liao of New York carried a Michael Jordan cardboard cutout everywhere she went—she was obsessed with him.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc

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