Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan
Jordan going to the basket for a score in 1987-88 NBA season
No. 23, 45, 12, 09
Shooting guard / Small forward
Personal information
Born February 17, 1963 (1963-02-17) (age 54)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American
High school Emsley A. Laney
(Wilmington, North Carolina)
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College North Carolina (1981–1984)
NBA Draft 1984 / 3rd overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro career 1984–1993, 1995–1998, 2001–2003
Career history
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 American basketball player. He is widely considered the greatest basketball player of all time.[1][2][3] 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]

Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, 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.[7]

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,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] 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".[7] 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. 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.

After retiring[change | change source]

Jordan is now the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets.[8] He was chosen to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Michael Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
  2. 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.
  3. Top N. American athletes of the century, ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2007.
  4. Schwartz, Larry. "Michael Jordan transcends hoops". espn.com. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  5. "Michael Jordan NBA & ABA Statistics". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  6. "BULLS: History of the Chicago Bulls". nba.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 ""I'm Back" - Top 10 Michael Jordan Moments - TIME". time.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010. 
  8. "Michael Jordan Owner Press Conference". hoopeduponline.com. Retrieved April 21, 2010.  Text " Hooped Up " ignored (help)

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Michael Jordan at Wikimedia Commons