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Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brookyln, New York on February 17, 1963.

He was the
fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic andDeloris
Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets
of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a family, so they moved the family to Wilmington, North
As a youngster, Michael immediately became interested in sports. However, it was baseball
not basketball that was his first love. He would play catch in the yard with his father, who
loved baseball. He soon started to play basketball to try and follow in the footsteps of his
older brother, Larry, whom he idolized growing up.
At Laney High School, as a sophomore, he decided to try out for the varsity team but was
cut because he was raw and undersized. The following summer, he grew four inches and
practiced tirelessly. The hard work paid off as he averaged 25 points per game in his last
two years and was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team as a senior.
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. He would help lead the Tarheels to the 1982 NCAA
Championship, making the game-winning shot.
After winning the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1984, Jordan decided to
leave North Carolina to enter the NBA draft. Although he decided to leave college early, he
would later return to the university in 1986 to complete his degree in geography.
In the 1984 NBA draft, he was selected with the third overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. 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. This would just be the beginning of a career filled with
awards and accolades. In the upcoming years, he would go on to win five regular season
MVP awards, six NBA championships, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP
awards, and a defensive player of the year award.
In 1993, tragedy struck Jordan's seemingly perfect life. On July 23, 1993, his father, James,
was murdered off Interstate 95 in North Carolina. Two locals had robbed him, shot him in
the chest and threw his body in a swamp.
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." Now "retired" at age 33, it was uncertain what Jordan would do
next. Would he take a year off out of the public eye to grieve and then come back to the
Bulls? Would he go out and look for a white collar job in the field of geography, his college
major? Or would he take up a completely different hobby like golf?
In early 1994, Jordan decided to take up a new hobby alright. However, it wasn't golf. It
was baseball. Despite not playing baseball since high school some 13 years ago, he signed a
minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994. He played one unspectacular

season for the Double-A Birmingham Barons. . Drafted: 1st Rd-Pick 3 Chicago. 2001. Soon after. his wife of 17 years. 1995. His two seasons in Washington were mediocre at best. On March 18. Salary: Earns about $80 million from Nike/Earned $35 million a year playing in the NBA. He retired for good following the 2002-03 season and was subsequently dismissed as president of the Washington Wizards.29 December 2006) (divorced) (3 children) Trade Mark (3) Number 23 jersey Air Jordan sneakers Fequently sticks his tongue out when making amazing dunks or layups Trivia (50) Attended the University of North Carolina. In June 2006. 1999. Shoe: Air Chosen in 1996 as one of the 50 greatest players of all time. he became part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.IMDb Mini Biography By: SteveG Spouse (2) Yvette Prieto (27 April 2013 . Jordan confirmed those rumors. His statistics were solid and he showed some flashes of his old self but he could not lead the Wizards to the playoffs and missed several games due to injury. sent two important words to media sources everywhere: "I'm Back".present) Juanita Jordan (2 September 1989 . Jordan became part owner of the Washington Wizards. Later that year. Jordan. He would go on to lead the Bulls to three more consecutive NBA championships and etch his place in the history as the "NBA's greatest player of all-time". On January 13. Jordan re-announced his retirement. saying that "he was 99.9 percent sure that he would never play again". They have three children together. Drafted behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. it was obvious that Jordan was still the same superstar player. . announcing that he would once again return to the NBA as a member of the Wizards. Although the Bulls would lose in the playoffs to the Orlando Magic. He celebrated his return to the NBA by doing what he always did best: winning. a man of few words since his retirement. On September 25. (1997-1998 season) He has his own line of sport clothing called JORDAN. there were hints that Jordan may try another comeback to the NBA. Near the start of the 2001-02 season. he filed for divorce from Juanita. 1984.

Professional basketball player in the NBA. in 1984 in L. Jordan dunked again. (7 May 2003). he tells the Looney Tunes that he used to wear his UNC shorts under his Bulls jersey in every game he played in. ESPN voted him as the greatest athlete of the twentieth century. representing Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He got $10 million in severance. In January 2002. their 25. Incorporated.Chosen by People Magazine as one of The Most Intriguing People of the Century. Buys custom-tailored shirts monogrammed with "Michael" or "MJ". A Jazz fan heckled him. He really did do this. He eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers twice from the NBA . Grew up in Wilmington. Neither of his parents are more than 5' 9" tall. Has numerous records and awards under his name and career. and 1992 in Barcelona (as part of the celebrated original Dream Team). and Jordan eventually bought a percentage of the team. most scoring titles (10). Wore the #23 for his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls. Paid more than $30 million in his final season with the Chicago Bulls.000-square-foot home in Highland Park and half the couple's property. Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world. 7 December 1992). NC. "Was he big enough?". he was named part owner and director of basketball operations for the Washington Wizards basketball team. he dunked over John Stockton. Owner Abe Pollin gave him free rein to run the Wizards. She withdrew the divorce papers a month later only to re-file them seven years later. 24 December 1990). 18 November 1988) and Marcus James (b. Fired by the Washington Wizards due to player dissension. Two-time Olympic gold medalist in men's basketball. and most three pointers in one quarter of a playoff game (5). Third of five children. who was 6' 1" and 175 pounds. His father was murdered while sleeping in his car. Began shaving his head when he started going bald. saying. "Why don't you dunk on somebody your own size?" The next trip down the floor. this time on 6' 11". and daughter Jasmine Mickael (b. In a 1988 game against the Utah Jazz. In Space Jam (1996). Known as the world's greatest clutch player in basketball for his numerous shots and highflying moves to win games. Children with ex-wife Juanita: sons Jeffrey Michael (b.A. Fortune estimated at $400 million. Attended Laney High School in Wilmington. no athlete has had a larger impact on the economy. North Carolina. Moved past Wilt Chamberlain for third-place all-time on the NBA scoring list [23 January 2003]. as a good luck charm. and dissonance in the organization involving Jordan's people. He then turned to the fan and said. In 1999. A virtual endorsement cash cow. Illinois. citing "irreconcilable differences. center 'Melvin Turpin'. Jordan was hired on 19 January 2000 as chief executive and president of basketball operations. Has a tattoo of the Greek letter 'Omega' over his heart. and the Washington Wizards. including most points in a single playoff game (63)." She sought permanent custody of the couple's three children. of which he is a member. wife Juanita filed for divorce in circuit court in Waukegan. 285-lb. which led Jordan to his first retirment in 1993. In 2000. the team finishing 37-45 two years in a row. The gymnasium is now called the "Michael Jordan Gym" in his honor. Sometimes wore the #45 because it was his older brother Larry's number in high school. highest scoring average (31 points per game).

Jordan's rookie three-point average was around 14%. Reinvented some of the traditions and rules in basketball. Played with the Chicago Bulls for 14 years. . David Thompson at 73 and David Robinson at 71. he may have been the best clutch hitter on that team. making his the fifth highest single-game scoring record in history. won the defensive player of the year award and one season averaged eight assists and eight rebounds to go with 35 points.". While his baseball career was considered a sham and widely criticized. Showing just how truly talented he was. his performance was not as poor as depicted in the press. leading the Bulls win over the Magic. and with the Washington Wizards for 2 years. On 14 June 1998. However. Jordan's single game-scoring high was 69 points. He claims he wore them that length so he could cover up his North Carolina shorts. Wilt Chamberlain has the highest at 100. 2001-2003. Jordan also wore #12. "Jordan Hits the Last Shot" was ranked #2 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)". Started the trend of the longlength shorts.Larry Bird claimed that Jordan was "God disguised as Michael Jordan.1 points per game season average during the 1986-1987 season was the third highest in history.202 with 3 Home Runs and committed 11 errors. rebounds. This was because of how Jordan would do this quite often in his career without getting a traveling call. where he had 35 first-half points and nailed six three-pointers in a row. which he always wore during his pro career.playoffs due to last-second shots. and 6 outfield assists. A new rule also was invented were a player could take one extra step if he was in the process of shooting. With those statistics. 1984-1998. He led the Birmingham Barons with 11 bases-loaded RBI and 25 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs. his style caught on. Contrary to popular belief. He scored 49 points in the game. and soon mostly everyone wore their shorts at a longer length. he also had 51 runs batted in. While most are familiar with his obvious #23 and the #45 he wore when he returned from a brief baseball career in 1995. or driving to the hoop. the closest a player has come to averaging a triple-double since Oscar Robertson did. During his record performance of 63 points against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs. Jordan was bypassed in the 1984 draft by the Trailblazers. and won his last NBA championship with a steal and a shot. [17 July 2005 issue] His 37. His #23 is one of four retired numbers for the Bulls (along with Bob Love's #10. rebounding and assists. The Chicago Bulls' all-time leader in points. assists and steals. The only category he doesn't hold is blocks. Jordan does not hold the regular season single game scoring record. winning two of them. His 1992 playoff game against the Portland Trailblazers. Scottie Pippen's #33 and Jerry Sloan's #4). Jordan became a regular on the NBA All-Defense team. still held by Artis Gilmore. It was a back-up jersey and did not even feature a last name. Jordan made a shot that won the Chicago Bulls their 6th NBA championship in 8 years. By his last season he got it up to around 40%. Also. Participated in three slam dunk contests. has been claimed by many as "the closest anyone has ever come to playing a perfect game of basketball. While he only batted . followed by Kobe Bryant at 81. who picked Sam Bowie instead. passing. However. The first two were both held by Wilt Chamberlain. known for his poor defense. a move that has gone down in history as one of the biggest draft-day blunders ever." Ironically. 30 stolen bases. he wore it in only one game-in 1990 after an Orlando Magic Arena employee stole his uniform.

Dick Butkus. there will be roadblocks. with an estimated settlement of $150 million (April 2007). go through it. in a commercial for "Hanes" underwear. . Appeared. Is now part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats along with his majority partner. If you run into a wall. [June 2006] Personal Quotes (2) If you're trying to achieve.Topped "Forbes" magazine's "The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces". don't turn around and give up. Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009. I've had them. March.GQ. 1989. or work around it. with Charlie Sheen. Robert Johnson. -. and Mike Ditka. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them. Figure out how to climb it. In 2007. everybody has had them. Lives in Chicago. Forbes Magazine estimated his earnings for the year at $31 million. Inducted into the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame in 2011 (inaugural class) with Walter Payton. Ernie Banks. But obstacles don't have to stop you.