Michael Jordan – The greatest basketball player of all time

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Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan
(February 17, 1963, Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Nationality: United States of America
Category: Athletes
Occupation: Basketball Players
Unique distinction: The greatest basketball player of all time. Height: 6′ 6″ (1.98 m). Weight: 215 lb (98 kg). Position: Guard-Forward.
Gender: Male

Quotes: 1. I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying. 2. Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen. 3. Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. 4. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships. 5. My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength. 6. Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night. 7. Limits, like fear, is often an illusion. 8. I want to be the bridge to the next generation. 9. My heroes are and were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes. 10. I’ve never been afraid to fail. 11. We all fly. Once you leave the ground, you fly. Some people fly longer than others. 12. I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.

Achievements:


Social and professional position: Jordan is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and businessman.
The main contribution to (what is known): He is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He is the first billionaire NBA player in history and the world’s second-richest African-American.
Contributions: Jordan is an outstanding American basketball player, former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and  He is considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time. He is successful businessman, principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
Jordan also was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan’s individual accolades and accomplishments include:
Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98);
Five-time NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) (1988, 91, 92, 96, 98);
10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98);
Defensive Player of the Year (1988);
Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98);
Rookie of the Year (1985);
Fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances (1985-93, 1996-98, 2002-03);
Three All-Star MVP (1988, ’96, ’98);
Two-time Olympic gold medalist in men’s basketball, in 1984 in L.A. and 1992 in Barcelona (as part of the celebrated original Dream Team).
Has numerous records and awards under his name and career, including:
Most points in a single playoff (63) game with Boston 04.20. 86; most scoring titles (10),
highest scoring average (30.12 points per game), highest career playoff scoring average (33.4 points per game).
He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.
Jordan – is universal basketball player with great basketball intelligence. He has a unique “explosive” style of play and the passion for victory. He was always trusted the decisive throw in crucial matches.
Played with the Chicago Bulls for 14 years, 1984 – 1993, 1994 – 1998 and with the Washington Wizards for 2 years, 2001-2003.
His salary in 1985-86 (Chicago Bulls, NBA) was $630,000. In 1997-98 (Chicago Bulls, NBA) -$33,140,000. In 2001-03 (Washington Wizards, NBA) -$1,030,000 per year.
Earns about $80 million from Nike.
Fortune estimated at $400 million. He worked with United Negro College Fund, Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Special Olympics and America’s Promise.
He has his own line of sport clothing called JORDAN. Jordans also fueled the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.
In 2000, he was named part owner and director of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards basketball team. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009 and was inducted on September 11, 2009.
Honors and Awards: Inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 2009 and as a member of the “Dream Team” in 2010 . He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Major works: Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98); Five-time NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) (1988, 91, 92, 96, 98); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); Three All-Star MVP (1988, ’96, ’98); Two-time Olympic gold medallist.

Life:


Origin: Jordan was born in Brookyln, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris (née Peoples). His father was a mechanic (equipment supervisor) and his mother was a bank teller. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn.
Education: he attended Emsley A. Laney High School and North Carolina University.
Career highlights: In Emsley A. Laney High School he anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball. Following high school, he earned a basketball scholarship from North Carolina University where he would play under legendary coach Dean Smith. In his first year, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year.
After a prominent career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill(1982-1984) and winning the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1984, Jordan decided to leave North Carolina and   started playing in NBA by joining one of the greatest NBA clubs – Chicago Bulls. Later in 1986 he return to the university to complete his degree in geography.
Playing in NBA he quickly emerged as a league star. As a rookie for the Bulls, he made an immediate impact, averaging an amazing 28.2 points a game, including six games where he scored 40+ points. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and named Rookie of the Year.
He led the Bulls to their first NBA championship in 1991 and played on the U. S. “Dream Team” in the 1992 Olympic Games.
After the victory in 1991, in his first NBA championship with the Bulls, Jordan followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993.
In early 1994, after his father death, Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball. He played one unspectacular season for the Double-A Birmingham Barons from Alabama.
On March 18, 1995, Jordan rejoined the Bulls and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 season.
In 1999 Jordan retired for a second time, but  On January 19, 2000 returned for two more NBA seasons in 2001. Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards.
On September 25, 2001, Jordan announced his return to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards. He donated his salary to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Jordan’s final NBA game was on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia.
After his third retirement, In 2004, Jordan has owned Michael Jordan Motorsports, a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team.
On June 15, 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, an American professional basketballteam based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On May 21, 2013, Jordan asked to change the Bobcats’ name to the Hornets, effective with the 2014–15 season.
Personal life: James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a family and they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina.
Jordan grew up in Wilmington, where he attended Emsley A. Laney High School. This school is now called the “Michael Jordan Gym” in his honor. In this gymnasium he anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball.
As a youngster, Michael, sharing a special bond with his father, became interested in baseball. But soon he started to play basketball to try and follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Larry.
At Laney High School, he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5’11” (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level. The summer before his junior year, he grew to 6′ 3″ (1.90 m) and began his path to super-stardom.
On July 23, 1993, his father, James, was murdered while sleeping in his car, in North Carolina. Two locals had robbed him, shot him in the chest. Three months later on October 6, 1993, following a run of three consecutive NBA championships, Jordan announced his retirement from basketball citing that “he no longer had the desire to play.”
He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they have two sons, Jeffrey Michael (b. 18 November 1988) and Marcus James(b. 24 December 1990), and a daughter, Jasmine Mickael (b. 7 December 1992). Jordan and Juanita filed for divorce on January 4, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter. They again filed for divorce and were granted a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, 2006, commenting that the decision was made “mutually and amicably”.
It is reported that Juanita received a $168 million settlement, making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history on public record.
On April 27, 2013 he was married to  his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto. On February 11, 2014, she gave birth to identical twin daughters named Victoria and Ysabel.
Zest: Nicknames: He earned the nicknames “Air Jordan” and “His Airness”. (His Vertical jump: 106 cm (42 “). Buys custom-tailored shirts monogrammed with “Michael” or “MJ”. Michael is always simple, friendly and tactful in dealing with people.  Michael’s parents were of average height. He was particularly good at math in school. His alleged former lover Knafel claimed Jordan promised her $5 million for remaining silent and agreeing not to file a paternity suit after Knafel learned she was pregnant in 1991. However, DNA test showed Jordan was not the father of the child. On July 21, 2006, a Cook County, Illinois judge determined that Jordan did not owe Karla Knafel $5 million. Jordan wore the #23, the #45 and the #12. Magic Johnson said: “There’s Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.”  Participated in three slam dunk contests, winning two of them. During the game Jordan also starred with Bugs Bunny in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. Always wore his University of N. Carolina shorts under his Bulls uniform for good luck.