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Michael Jordan: The greatest basketball player of all time

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.

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.

Games

ONLINE GAMING

Online gaming is the action or practice of playing video games either totally or partially through the internet or any other computer network available. Online games are available on practically every modern gaming platform, such as PCs, consoles, mobile devices etc. Genres available for online gaming include first-person shooters, strategy games and massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG).

The history of online gaming

The history of online gaming dates back to the 1970s with packet-based computer networking. An example of early online games is the MUD1, created in 1978. MUD1 was initially confined to an internal network but was later connected to ARPANet in 1980. Commercial games followed in the next decade with Island of kesmai, debuting in 1984 as the first online role playing game. Graphical online games such as MSX LINKS action game  in 1986, the fight simulator air warrior in 1987 and a host of others. The 1990s, where the internet was rapidly available, led to an expansion of online games with the likes of Nexus: The kingdom of the winds, debuting in 1996, Quakeworld in 1996, Ultima online in 1997, lineage in 1998, Starcraft also in 1998, Counter-strike in 1999 and EverQuest also in 1999. The next generations of online games were hosted by video game consoles, such as the Famicom modems in 1987, Sega Meganet in 1990, Satellaview in 1995, SegaNet in 1996, PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the Xbox in 2001. Recent developments include the widely known social games and new platforms like mobile games.

 

PUBG

Nepal banned the popular online game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), saying its violent content had a negative impact on children, an official said.
“We have ordered the ban on PUBG because it is addictive to children and teenagers,” Sandip Adhikari, deputy director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), the nation’s telecoms regulator, told Reuters.
The ban comes into effect from Thursday, April 11th, he said.
Following a request from the Himalayan nation’s federal investigation authority, the regulator directed all internet service providers, mobile operators and network service providers to block streaming of the game from Thursday April 11 , Adhikari said.
PUBG, made by South Korean firm Bluehole Inc, is a survival-themed battle game that drops dozens of online players on an island to try and eliminate each other.
It was launched in 2017 and has a huge global following.

The major leap online gaming has over traditional gaming is ability of online games to allow its users create and play within a real online community, with both online and offline friends and players from all over the world. Popular examples include Fortnite, World of Warcraft and RuneScape. According to a study carried out in 2008, teens who have online gaming experience report much higher levels of political and civic engagements than teens that haven’t had that experience.