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Michael Jeffrey Jordan (Black Cat)

basketball player

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.

Background

Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States, 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.

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.

Education

Не anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball. 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. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team.

Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games.The following summer, he grew four inches (10 cm) and trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play. As a senior, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists.

Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia. In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography.

Career

In 1984, he dropped out of university with the aim of joining the 'NBA Draft'. However, the young athlete was selected by team ‘Chicago Bulls’ after players Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie were chosen by 'Houston Rockets' and 'Portland Trail Blazers', respectively.

In the 'Summer Olympics' held in 1984, he was part of a gold medal-winning team that included players like Sam Perkins, Steve Alford, and Patrick Ewing.

Michael came back to college, and graduated from the 'University of North Carolina' two years later.

During 1984-1987, as a part of 'Chicago Bulls', a team that didn't have much luck with victory, Jordan proved his mettle with an above-average ppg of 28.2.

He gained immense popularity, which was resented by players of his own and rival teams alike. As a result, team mates did not pass the ball to him on several occasions, and the 'Bulls' lost the playoffs to 'Milwaukee Bucks'.The enthusiastic basketball player took his team through the playoffs of every season he participated in. The young athlete scored 100 blocks and 200 steals in a single season, becoming the first to do so in the history of 'NBA'.

Even though the 'Bulls' lost the playoffs to the 'Boston Celtics', the former fared relatively better than before.

From 1987-90, the new star of 'Chicago Bulls' led his team through the first round of 'NBA Playoffs' in the first season, and till the finals in the next two. They defeated teams like 'Cleveland Cavaliers', 'New York Knicks', 'Milwaukee Bucks', and 'Philadelphia 76ers', but in each season, ‘Detroit Pistons’ led by Isiah Thomas, beat the 'Bulls' out of the game.

In the next season of 1990-91, Jordan helped the 'Bulls' sail through the playoffs and reach the 'Eastern Conference' finals. His team faced 'Detroit Pistons' once again, but this time, it was the 'Chicago Bulls' that emerged victorious. The winners played the 'NBA’ finals against the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’, bagging their first victory in the history of the game.

The next two seasons the 'Chicago Bulls' defeated 'Blazers', and 'Phoenix Suns', winning three consecutive championships.

In the 'Summer Olympics' of 1992, he was once again a member of what is known as the "dream team", a gold medal-winning group of talented players like Magic Johnson, David Robinson, and Larry Bird.

In 1993, the popular athlete was observed gambling, an allegation that he owned up to, in an interview on the '60 Minutes' show. The same year, on October 6, he publicly declared his decision to retire, stating his father's murder as one of the reasons.

The following year, the basketball player signed up with 'Chicago White Sox' for a baseball contract. This was Michael's way of realizing his father's dream to see his son playing baseball. The same year, he also played for other minor baseball teams including ‘Birmingham Barons' and 'Scottsdale Scorpions'.

Without their star player in the team, the 'Chicago Bulls' failed to perform at the 'NBA' championships. In 1995, the famous player decided to give up baseball, and return to the basketball, playing once again for the 'Bulls'.

His return match was played against the 'Indiana Pacers' team, which the 'Bulls' won. His team went on to win games against 'Atlanta Hawks', and 'New York Knicks'.

However, in the 'Eastern Conference Semifinal', against the 'Orlando Magic' team, the 'Bulls' failed to capture a victory. Despite Michael's average of 31 points in each game, 'Orlando Magic' won the season.

During 1995-98, the famous athlete played three seasons of 'NBA' championship, beating 'Seattle SuperSonics', and 'Utah Jazz' in the following two championships. This win along with 5 victories earlier, was an important milestone in his career as it made him the six time recipient of the ‘Most Valuable Player’ (‘MVP’) title at the ‘NBA’ finals.

On January 13, 1999, Jordan retired once again from the game, but the following year, he came back as the President of Basketball Operations for team 'Washington Wizards'.

In 2001, the athlete decided to begin playing again, and trained rigorously to get in form. He also appointed his old coach from the 'Chicago Bulls', Doug Collins, to train his team 'Washington Wizards'.

The same year, on September 25, announced that he would play basketball for the 'Washington Wizards', declaring that he would contribute his whole salary for the victims of the 9/11 attack. In the 2001-2002 season though, he could not play too many games owing to a serious knee injury.

In 2003, he played his final 'NBA All-Star' match against 'Philadelphia 76ers', and beat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record of scoring the most number of points. However, after several intentional fouls against Michael, the 'Washington Wizards' lost. The celebrated player, however, was given a standing ovation that lasted for three minutes.

Post-retirement, the athlete was removed from his post of President with the 'Washington Wizards'. In 2004, he founded his own motorcycle racing team, 'Michael Jordan Motorsports'. Two years later, he became part-owner of the NBA team, 'Charlotte Bobcats', holding a majority stake in its operations.

Achievements

  • Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee - class of 2009 (individual), class of 2010 (as a member of the "Dream Team")

    U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame inductee - class of 2009 (as a member of the "Dream Team")

    Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner – 1984, 1992

    Six-time NBA champion

    Six-time NBA Finals MVP

    Five-time NBA MVP

    10-time NBA scoring leader (1987–1993, 1996–1998)

    14-time NBA All-Star

    Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP

    11-time All-NBA

    Nine-time All-Defensive First Team

    Two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987, 1988

    NBA Rookie of the Year – 1984–1985

    NBA Defensive Player of the Year – 1987–1988

    NCAA national championship – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1981–1982

    ACC Freshman of the Year – 1981–1982

    Two-time Consensus NCAA All-American First Team – 1982–1983, 1983–1984

    ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year – 1983–1984

    USBWA College Player of the Year – 1983–1984

    Naismith College Player of the Year – 1983–1984

    John R. Wooden Award – 1983–1984

    Adolph Rupp Trophy – 1983–1984

    "Triple Crown" winner

    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – 1991

    Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996

    Ranked No.1 by SLAM Magazine's Top 50 Players of All-Time

    Ranked No.1 by ESPN SportsCentury's Top North American Athletes of the 20th century

    North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

    1997 Marca Leyenda winner

    Seven-time ESPY Award winner (in various categories)

    Number 23 retired by the Chicago Bulls

    Number 23 retired by the North Carolina Tar Heels

    Number 23 retired by the Miami Heat

    Statue in front of the United Center

Religion

Christian

Politics

Jordan is a Democrat. He’s donated $22,400 to Democratic candidates since 1996. And interestingly, he donated to Obama’s Senate campaign, meaning he was an Obama supporter since the beginning.

Views

Quotations: "If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it."

"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game."

Membership

NCAA championship team 1982, United States Olympic team 1984, NBA All-Star team 1985-1988.

Personality

Zodiac sign: Aquarius

Michael Jordan' height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)

weight: 216 lb (98 kg)

  • “'Sports Illustrated' magazine named him the 'Sportsman of the Year' in 1991. The following year, he won another gold medal for his team's victory at the 'Summer Olympics'.”

Interests

  • Sport & Clubs

    Basketball, baseball.

  • Other Interests

    Golf, motorcycling.

  • Music & Bands

    hip-hop.

Connections

Jordan married 35-year-old Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto on April 27, 2013, in Palm Beach, Florida. Tiger Woods, Spike Lee and Patrick Ewing, among other celebrities, reportedly attended the wedding ceremony. In November 2013, Jordan's rep announced that the NBA star and Prieto were expecting their first child together—and Jordan's fourth—in April 2014.

father:
James R. Jordan, Sr. - an equipment supervisor
James R. Jordan, Sr. - father of Michael Jordan

mother:
Deloris (née Peoples)
Deloris (née Peoples) - mother of Michael Jordan

brother:
Larry Jordan
Larry Jordan - brother of Michael Jordan

brother:
James R. Jordan, Jr.

Sister:
Deloris

Sister:
Roslyn
Roslyn - Sister of Michael Jordan

1-st wife:
Jaunita Vanoy
Jaunita Vanoy - 1-st wife of Michael Jordan

In 1989, Jordan got married to Jaunita Vanoy, but they separated after seventeen years of marriage. As settlement, Jaunita received 168 million dollars from her former husband. The couple have two sons, Jeffrey and Marcus.

Son:
Jeffrey - basketball player
Jeffrey - Son of Michael Jordan

Jeffrey Michael Jordan (born November 18, 1988) is an American former basketball player who played for the University of Central Florida Knights and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. He played high school basketball for Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. Jordan is the elder son of retired NBA MVP Michael Jordan, who played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, and the older brother of Marcus Jordan.

Son:
Marcus - basketball player
Marcus - Son of Michael Jordan

Marcus James Jordan (born December 24, 1990) is an American former college basketball player who played for the UCF Knights men's basketball team of Conference USA. He is the son of Hall of Fame NBA player Michael Jordan.

Daughter:
Victoria

Daugher:
Ysabel

2-d Wife:
Yvette Prieto
Yvette Prieto - 2-d Wife of Michael Jordan

On April 27, 2013, the basketball player got married to model Yvette Prieto, who he had been dating for quite some time, at the 'Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church'. The following year the couple had twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel.