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Michael Jeffrey Jordan, in short, known as Michael Jordan (MJ), the living legend of the Basketball game was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. The hospital’s name was Cumberland Hospital, which is currently a homeless shelter named as Auburn Family Reception Center. Although he was born in Brooklyn, New York, later his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, and there he grew up.
The starting of his basketball career was not that smooth. As a sophomore, due to his low height, he struggled to get into his high school team, but later once he grew up to 6 foot 3 inch (current height 6 foot 6 inch), he started to influence the junior court.
In 1981, Jordan entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and owned a basketball scholarship to play under coaching legend Dean Smith. Smith and Jordan were considered to be the greatest coach-player duos in the history of college basketball. As part of the recruitment process, Smith sent this wonderful letter to Michael Jordan (from Darren Rovell’s Twitter account).
In 1982, the immediate impact of getting lessons from Dean Smith was visible when he as a freshman was hitting the game-winning shot against Georgetown University in the national championship game. As a result, University of North Carolina (UNC) won the NCAA Division I Championship title. This was not like any other winning shot. Jordan had the ball at the very last moment of the game, and Tar Heel (Jordan’s team) was down by 1 point. So it was a must hit attempt for MJ, and he did it. Had he not been hitting the net, UNC would have lost the game for sure.
In 1983 and 1984 he was named as the NCAA college player of the year. In his junior year, Michael decided to leave college and join the NBA draft. In 1984 he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. He was picked as the Rookie of the year(1985) after finishing his first season as a top scorer, averaging 28.2 points per game.
In the same year (1984) he was called for the Olympic team and won a gold medal as part of his team at Los Angeles Olympic game.
After finishing the first season he became injured and missed the following season.
1985 and Onward
In 1985, MJ completed his graduation in geography.
Once he came back from injury the world was starting to see the emerging superstar of the basketball game at his best. Averaging 33 points per game he led the scoreboard for seven consecutive seasons in NBA.
During the 1986-87 season, Jordan became the only player after Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3000 points in a single season.
Not only having the excellent shooting statistics, he also amused the spectators with his excellent diversity including dives, acrobatic dunks, and agility. He was awarded as the best defensive player as well. He won the most valuable player (MVP) award five times in his career (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998), and also awarded defensive player of the year in 1988.
Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls to become NBA champion for six times in the space of eight years. Chicago won the title in 1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998. Every year Bulls won the title, Jordan won the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. What an achiever of the game!
In 1992, Jordan won the second Olympic gold medal as part of US basketball dream team.
After winning the title for Chicago Bulls in 1993, Jordan shocked everyone by retiring from basketball after his father was murdered tragically during an armed robbery. After retiring from basketball he started playing baseball as his father liked baseball a lot. For one year (1994 season), Michael played as an outfielder for Birmingham Barons.
Next year, that means in March 1995 Jordan came back to his original love basketball and started playing for Chicago Bulls again. That year he led Bulls to the semifinal and next three consecutive years (1996,1997,1998) he led Bulls to win the title.
Jordan retired again after the 1997-1998 season. After retiring this time he bought the share of the Washington Wizards in 2000. He was also appointed as the operational president of Wizards. In 2001 he came back again from his retirement, gave up these roles, and started playing on the court for Wizard.
The basketball world was waiting for this day and everyone was excited to see his match again. He played for Washington Wizards in two seasons and then finally retired for the good in the year of 2003 when he was 40 years of age.
It was undoubtedly a supreme career to remember that made him a legend of the game. He ended up with total 32292 points maintaining an average of 30.12 points per game. He played as a guard in his career, but as we said earlier he was an all-rounder. A highly talented shooter and passer, acrobatic dunker, diver, unrelenting defender. Because of that, he got the nickname “Air Jordan”.
The Glorious Career in Summary:
- Total Points: 32292
- Avg points per game: 30.12
- Rebounds: 6672
- Avg rebound per game: 6.2
- Assists: 5633
- Avg assist per game: 5.3
- College Player of the Year (Sporting News): 2 times (1983, 1984).
- All-America first team (Sporting News): 2 times (1983, 1984).
- Rookie of the Year: 1 time (1985).
- NBA champions: 6 times (1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998).
- NBA finals MVP: 6 times (1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998).
- NBA MVP: 5 times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998).
- All-NBA first team: 10 times (1987,1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998).
- All-NBA second team: 1 time (1985).
- Defensive player of the Year: 1 time (1988).
- All-Defensive first team: 9 times (1988,1989,1990,1991,1992,1993,1996,1997,1998).
- Place in top 50 greatest players in NBA history: 1996.
- All star MVP: 3 times (1988,1996,1998).
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: 2009.
- Presidential Medal of Freedom: 2017.
Michael Jordan outside of his basketball life
In 1986 Jordan married Juanita Vanoy. They had two sons (Jeffrey Michael, and Marcus James) and one daughter (Jasmine Jordan). In 2006 that means after 17 years the couple divorced. It was reported that the divorce was settled at $186 million of that time, made it the largest celebrity divorce settlement at that time.
Later Jordan married Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto in Palm Beach, Florida on April 27, 2013. This couple has now twin daughters named Victoria and Isabel.
Michael Jordan is not only a successful basketball player but also a successful businessman, who has been running several profitable commercial ventures.
He has signed several endorsements deals with companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Nike, Hanes, Gatorade, Upper Deck, Wheaties, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, and Chevrolet.
Nike made the distinguishing shoe “Air Jordan” for Michael Jordan.
In June 2006 MJ became the minority owner and general manager of Charlotte Bobcats (currently known as Charlotte Hornets). Later in 2010, he became the first former NBA star to become the majority owner of one of the of the league’s franchises (i.e Charlotte Bobcats). He also served as the team’s chairman.
In 1998, he launched his restaurant “Michael Jordan’s Steakhouse”. The headquarter is at Grand Central Terminal, New York, and also branches in Magnificent Mile, Chicago; Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Connecticut; Ilani Casino Resort, Ridgefield, Washington.
In June 2010, Michael Jordan was ranked by Forbes magazine. He was ranked as the 20th most powerful celebrity in the world as he earned $55 million in between June 2009 to June 2010.
When He is an Actor
This multi-talented athlete also appeared as a star in the “Space Jam” movie(1996). He was paired with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in this mixed animated and live action movie.
Jordan was involved with many charity including hosting his annual golf event from 2001 to 2014. It is known as Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. He founded a number of benefiting foundations like Make-A-Wish, the James R. Jordan Foundation, Cats Care, Opportunity Village, and Keep Memory Alive.
- Favorite color: Black, Red.
- Favorite food: Organic food.
- Favorite hobbies: Music, golf, gambling, motorcycling.
- Favorite music: hip-hop.
- Favorite perfume: His own Michael Jordan fragrance.
- Favorite sports: Basketball, Baseball.
- Favorite number: 23 and 45.
- Favorite shoes: Jordan 11s, Jordan 3s, Jordan 12s, Jordan 13s.
- Favorite dunks: Dikembe Mutombo, Patrick Ewing Dunk.
- Favorite car: Ferruccio Lamborghini.
- Pickup team: Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Hakeem Olajuwon.