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Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known as “Air Jordan, Black Cat, MJ, His Airness” is an American former professional basketball player, Olympian, businessman, and actor. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963.
Considered one of the greatest basketball players in history, Michael Jordan dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He played for the Chicago Bulls team with whom he won six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award five times.
Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan developed great competitiveness at an early age. He always wanted to win every game he played.
Jordan entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 and soon became an important member of the University’s basketball team. His team won the NCAA Division I championship in 1982,
where Jordan scored the final basket to defeat Georgetown University. He was selected as the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984.
In the summer of 1984, Jordan had his first participation in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California and did so as a member of the United States Olympic basketball team whose team won gold in these games. Jordan also won the gold medal for the United States at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
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Jordan dropped out of college in his junior year to join the NBA. He signed with the Chicago Bulls and his quality on the court soon showed.
He helped the team reach the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan received the “NBA Rookie of the Year Award” and was selected for the NBA All-Star Game.
In 1985, he finished his degree in Geography and continued to play basketball professionally. When the second season of him was going on, he was injured, “MJ” fell badly and broke a bone in his right leg.
Jordan returned to the Court again during the 1986-1987 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to score more than 3,000 points in a single season.
The following season, Jordan receive his first National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player Award . An honor that he would win four more times in 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998.
In the late 1980’s, the Chicago Bulls were quickly becoming a very successful team and Jordan was an essential part of the team’s success. The Bulls reached the Conference Finals (the penultimate round in the NBA Playoffs) in 1990 and won their first NBA championship the following year by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers.
Known for his power and agility on the court and for his leadership skills, Jordan landed several business deals with companies like Nike and others, making him even more of the spotlight. In 1992,
the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second NBA championship. The team was heading to its third championship the following year, dominating the world of basketball. However, something serious arose in Jordan’s life.
He lost his father, James, at the end of the 1992-93 season. On July 23, 1993 two teenagers shot James Jordan during an attempted robbery, they were later caught and convicted of the crime.
Michael Jordan decided to retire from basketball for a while and seek his luck in the sport of ‘hot ball’, baseball, because of a promise to his father. He got into baseball thanks to the help of Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls. He started out with the White Sox,
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In March 1995, he rejoined the Chicago Bulls, eventually helping them win the championship against the Seattle Sonics in the 1995-96 season. That same year, Jordan made a big stellar film debut with Space Jam (1996). The movie mixed with cartoons like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
The following season Jordan came back even stronger, averaging 30.4 points per game. Starting all 82 games of the season, he helped the team finish the season with 72 wins and win the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. The two teams met again for the championship in the 1998, and Jordan again help the Bulls of beat them for the second year in a row.
Retiring in the 1997-98 season, Jordan didn’t walk away from the sport for long. He joined the Washington Wizards as a stock owner and as CEO. In the fall of 2001, Jordan stepped down from this role to return to the Court once more. He played for the Wizards for two seasons before retiring for good in 2003.
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In 2006, Jordan purchased a share of the Charlotte Bobcats and joined the team’s executive ranks as its operating member. He experienced some personal changes that same year, ending his 17-year marriage to his wife Juanita Vanoy. The couple divorced in December 2006. They had three children together during their marriage: Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine.
In April 2009, Jordan received one of basketball’s highest honors: he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Attending this ceremony was bittersweet for Jordan because this event meant that “his basketball career was completely over,” he explained.