Basketball Madness: Superfly Hoops Legend, Michael Jordan

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 Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Born: February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
College: University Of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Nicknames: Air Jordan, His Airness

 Baseball was Michael Jordan’s first love, a passion he shared with his late father but it was his brother Larry with whom he looked up to that eventually led him to switch over to basketball. Jordan played baseball, football & basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was cut from the varsity basketball team his sophomore year because he was too short at 5’11. After skyrocketing over the summer to 6’6 & becoming the most dependable player on the junior squad, Jordan earned his spot along side his brother & the rest is fascinating history.

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NCAA Basketball Championship Game

The 1982 Basketball Championship Game between UNC & Georgetown proved to be a pivotal moment on many levels. The final jump shot made by Michael Jordan with 17 seconds left on the clock would give the Tar Heels the lead & a final score of 63-62. After seven visits to the Final Four, it would finally clench UNC Coach Dean Smith his first National Championship Title in the New Orleans, Louisiana Superdome. Among the players on the winning team who would go on to be NBA All-Stars included Michael Jordan, James Worthy & Sam Perkins. The Georgetown Hoyas also had a few rising stars of their own, notables Patrick Ewing & Eric Floyd. Jordan’s game winning basket is considered by many to be his coming out marking the beginning of his successful career in the sport.

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Jordan helped secure six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls which included 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998. He was Rookie Of The Year, Defensive Player Of The Year & holds 5 MVP awards. He’s a 10-time All-NBA First Team & a 9-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. When Jordan retired, he held the record for the highest scoring average & posses personal traits of agility, grace, accuracy, deep knowledge for fundamental skills, power & the ability to think quickly under pressure. These are just a few of the accomplishments & expertise for which he is known but there’s still much debate as to whether Michael Jordan is truly the greatest basketball player of all time. However, what Jordan has managed to achieve personally & share with other athletes, the game of basketball & the entire world of sports for that matter is undeniable. When you look at his performance on the court, the numbers don’t lie. Beyond, it’s a body of work that’s simply astonishing & pretty darn
G. O. A. T.

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No. 1

All-American Gentleman Giant

Although Jordan has accomplished many things & great success as an all-star NBA athlete, businessman & team owner of the Charlotte Hornets, he remains to be an accessible individual & lets bygones be bygones. Jordan is not only generous with friends but is also known for making past rivals business associates.

No. 2

Me, Myself & I 

 Michael Jordan, himself, is one of the largest sports name brands in history.

No. 3

The Winning Pick

In 1984, Jordan was the third pick in the NBA draft. 

No. 4

Dollars & Good Sense

Through the power of marketing & smart self promotion, he’s the first athlete in history to become a billionaire.

No. 5

Très Foiled

 MJ had originally wanted to work with Adidas.

No. 6

Here’s The Deal

When Jordan first signed with Nike, he had to be sure to hit $4 million in sales in a 3 year period or Nike had the right to cancel the agreement. When the first pair of Air Jordan high tops hit the market in 1985, Nike grossed $70 million in the first two months.

No. 7

Merchandise Game Changer

MJ’s personal sense of style & mega b-ball accomplishments have scored big for major retail players. The Jordan Brand alone now fetches more than $2.5 billion in sales for super sports athletic retailer Nike & is expected to double in just a few short years. His popularity & mass appeal has enabled him to work with other big names such as Hanes & Upper Deck, a brand that specializes in sports memorobilia.

No. 8

 I Approve This Ad

Even if you weren’t into basketball, endorsement deals helped make Jordan a household name through other consumer favorites such as General Mill’s Wheaties Cereal, Gatorade & McDonald’s.

No. 9

Six For Six

Out of the 6 championships won, a 7th game was never needed to claim victory. 

No. 10

It’s A Numbers Game

Jordan wore three numbers during his pro ball career. In 1990 during a regular season game, he came out of the locker room in a No. 12 jersey because his original had been stolen & while he mainly wore No. 23, it was No. 45 that was his first choice. He had picked the same number as his older brother growing up but when they ended up on the same team in high school, Jordan had to choose something else so he divided the number in half & rounded up. 

No. 11

Double Team

MJ played one season as a minor league baseball player for the Birmingham Barons sporting a No. 45 jersey, an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, showcasing himself as a well rounded athlete. The stint is said to be a tribute to his late father & the love of a sport they both shared.

No. 12

Court Comeback

After stepping away from minor league baseball, Jordan came out of retirement & returned to basketball late in the season to the Chicago Bulls wearing a No. 45 jersey as his No. 23 had already been retired in honor of him. Jordan wrote the infamous press release that his agent faxed out to media outlets to announce his return that simply read, “I’m Back!”

No. 13

 Pardon Me

Jordan was able to play basketball during the off-season anytime due to a clause in his contract referred to as “love-of-the-game”.

No. 14

A Good Sport

Jordan was voted by fans as a starter in the All-Star game his rookie year. More seasoned, famous players didn’t care for all of the attention the young athlete was getting so the veterans exercised a freeze out on Jordan & refused to pass him the ball during the game.

No. 15

The Old One-Two

Jordan played a total of 15 seasons with the National Basketball Association for two different teams, the Chicago Bulls & the Washington Wizards.

No. 16

The Big Screen

In 1996, MJ starred in the Spike Lee film, Space Jam. He played himself.

No. 17

Very Superstitious

Mj wore his UNC shorts under his Chicago Bulls pair thus starting the baggy shorts trend.

No. 18

The Zone 

Jordan was known for sticking out his tongue while he played & shot on the court, a signature move he says he picked up from his father while working. Some believe that when he did it, it simply meant he had found the zone. Scientifically, it’s recognized as “concentration tongue”.

No. 19

Solid Gold

Two time Olympic gold medal champion, Jordan played alongside an epic roster of classic NBA all-stars in the 1992 Barcelona games as a member of the Dream Team. It’s considered to be the greatest sports team ever assembled & was the first year the olympics allowed professional basketball players to compete. He won his first medal years earlier in the 1984 Los Angeles games. 

No. 20

Tough Love

Jordan was known to be rigid with his fellow team mates if he felt they weren’t performing at their peak.

No. 21

Sir Charge

 The NBA Commissioner, David Stern, fined Jordan $5000 each time he wore Air Jordans in a game the year they were released citing they didn’t match the other Chicago Bulls uniforms. 

No. 22

Attribute

The Miami Heat retired Michael Jordan’s No. 23 jersey in 2003 even though he never played for them to honor all of his contributions to the sport of basketball.

No. 23

Last Go Trade

“There’s Michael Jordan then there is the rest of us.” — Magic Johnson

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 Sources 
nba.com, cnnmoney.com, espn.com, mentalfloss.com, chicagotribune.com, huffingtonpost.com

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