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