Michael Jordan is a American former professional basket ball player and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation, considered very instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world and is regarded by most as the greatest basketball player of all time.

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Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was born in New York City on the 7th of February 1963, to Deloris and James Jordan. He is the fourth of five children. He was deemed to short when he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore school year at 1.80m.Motivated to prove his worth, he joined the Laney’s junior varsity team where he became their star player and tallied several 40-point games. The following summer he grew 10cm or 4inch taller and trained rigorously. He was recruited by a number of college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia. Jordan later accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in cultural geography in 1981. As a freshman in Coach Dean Smith’s team-oriented system, he was named freshman of the year. He also made the game-winning jump shot in the 19982 championship game against Georgetown; this shot was later described by Jordan as the turning point in his basketball career. After winning the Naismith and Wooden player of the year in 1884, Jordan left North Carolina a year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft and selected by the Chicago bulls.. He later returned to complete his degree, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the North Carolina University in 1986.

As an NBA player he went on to lead the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons and tied Wilt Chamberlain’s record of seven consecutive scoring titles. He also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring average with 30.1 and 33.4 points per game. Jordan’s total of 5,987 in the playoffs is the second highest in NBA history. With 5 regular-season MVPs, 6 finals MVPs, and 3 All Star Game MVPs, he is the most decorated player in NBA history. In 1999 he was ranked by ESPN survey journalists, athletes and other sports figures as the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century. His well known athletic leaping ability won him back to back Slam Dunk Contest Championships in 1987and 1988.

On October 6 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game and also the loss of his father three months easily helped the decision. He founded the Chicago are boys and girls club in 1996 and dedicated it to his father.

On the 7th of February 1994 Jordan shocked the world by signing a major minor baseball league contract with the Chicago White sox. He announced his return to basket ball in March 1995. He went on the win the leagues regular season and the All-star game MVP award in the 1995-96 seasons. He bagged his fifth regular season MVP award in the 1997-98 seasons with the bulls winning the Eastern Conference Championship for the third straight season. He holds the record of having 6 finals MVP awards, with Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, Lebron James and Tim Duncan tied at second place with 3 apiece.

Jordan retired for the second time in January 13, 1999. He later returned to the NBA on the 25th of September 2001 with the Washington Wizards, indicating his decision to donate his salary to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11 attacks. Jordan played his final NBA game on the 16th of April 2003 in Philadelphia.

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