Quick Fact About Michael Jordan
|Full Name||Michael Jeffrey Jordan|
|Born||17 February 1963 (59 years)|
|Weight||216 lb (98kg)|
|Height||6 ft 6in (1.98 m)|
Who is Michael Jordan?
Michael Jordan is an American businessman as long a Former basketball star. Jordan played fifteen seasons in National Basketball Association (NBA) in his tenure, winning six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA and 23Xl Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. In the 1980s and 1990s, Jordan was instrumental in popularizing the NBA worldwide, becoming a global cultural icon.
Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1963, he was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan excelled in sports as a child, he remembers his youth baseball fondly especially when he hit the game-winning Babe Ruth tournament. Jordan’s father, James, reportedly dreamed of his son becoming a professional baseball player. Jordan graduated from Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, he excelled in basketball, baseball, as well as football. During his sophomore year, he tried out for the varsity basketball team. Furthermore, he became the star of Laney’s junior varsity team as well as tallied some 40-point games.
Jordan began his career by playing college basketball. In his first season at North Carolina, he managed to become only the second Tarheel player to start every game as a freshman as well as named the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Rookie of the Year in 1982. Moreover, Jordan led the ACC in scoring during his sophomore and junior years, he was also named the College Player of the Year by Sporting News after both seasons. Jordan, on the other hand, found immediate success in the NBA. In his first season, he was named to the All-Star Team and was named Rookie of the Year. He missed most of his second season due to a broken foot, his only serious injury. Jordan returned in time for the playoffs, and in his second playoff game, he set an NBA playoff scoring record with 63 points. During his third season, he averaged 37.1 points per game, winning the first of seven consecutive scoring titles. Jordan’s streak was only broken by his first retirement in 1993.
Jordan led the Bulls to the conference finals in 1989, but the Bulls would not win the championship for another two seasons, the team arrived. From 1991 to 1993, the Bulls won the NBA championship three times in a row, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, and Phoenix Suns. Jordan was named Finals MVP all three times. He led a group of NBA players who played for the United States Olympic basketball team after winning the 1992 finals. This team, which included Jordan and Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, and Karl Malone, was dubbed the “Dream Team.” The team easily won gold with an average margin of victory of 43.7 points. Jordan’s father, James Jordan, was murdered one month after watching his son lead Chicago to its third consecutive NBA title in 1993. He announced his retirement from the NBA in October 1993, stating that he had nothing left to accomplish. He retired from the game as the Chicago Bulls’ all-time leading scorer.
The following year, Jordan switched to a different sport, joining the Chicago White Sox minor league baseball team. Moreover, he spent 17 months in the minor leagues, with the media once again following his every move. Overall, his career as a baseball player was brief and unremarkable, but it provided a much-needed break from basketball as well as an opportunity for Jordan to rediscover his love for the game. His return to the NBA was documented in two best-selling books: Rebound: The Odyssey of Michael Jordan by Bob Greene and Second Coming: The Strange Odyssey of Michael Jordan: from Courtside to Home Plate and Back Again by Sam Smith. He returned to the Bulls for the first time in the 1994-1995 season, and both he and his team struggled at first. The Bulls made the playoffs and advanced to the conference semi-finals, where they faced the Orlando Magic’s, Shaquille O’Neal. Jordan’s two errors in the final 18 seconds kept the Bulls from winning the first game. At this point, Michael Jordan was regarded as merely human. The Bulls have been defeated by four games to two by the Orlando Magic.
Jordan found himself increasingly at odds with Bulls management during a contentious lockout that marred the 1998-1999 season—the first-ever work stoppage in the NBA’s 52-year history. In January 1999, he announced his retirement from the game once more, assuring fans that he meant it this time. He retired as one of the league’s top three scorers, with 29,277 points. Jordan was seen practicing hard with his team several times during the 2000-2001 season. By 2001, rumors circulated that he might return to the court. As president of the Wizards in June 2001, Jordan made history by selecting the first high school player (Kwame Brown) with the first overall pick in the NBA draft. Jordan’s return from his second retirement to play for the Wizards was official within ninety days. Much speculation and press coverage surrounded his return, but by December 2001, he had led the team to a 10-12 record. Given the team’s ten-year cumulative record of 344-648, 2001 represented significant progress.
In 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats becoming the team’s second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. Johnson. In 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats. Furthermore, as February wore on it became apparent that Jordan as well as former Houston Rockets president George Postolos were the leading contenders for ownership of the team.
Michael Jordan Siblings
Jordan has four siblings; Larry Jordan, James R, Deloris, and Roslyn.
Michael Jordan Wife
Jordan was married to Juanita Vanoy on 2 September 1989, in Las Vegas, Nevada. On 29 December 2006, they divorced after Jordan filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. On 27 April 2013, he married his longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto, at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
Michael Jordan kids
Jordan had five kids; Jeffrey, Marcus, Jasmine (Juanita Vanoy), Victoria, and Ysabel (Yvette Prieto).
Michael Jordan Awards & Honor
- In 1919, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 & 1998 NBA Champion
- In 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, & 1998 NBA MVP
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1987-88
- NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984-85
- In 1988,1990 & 1993 NBA All-star Game MVP
- In 1985 NBA All-Rookie First Team
- In 1987 & 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion
- In 1985 & 1989 IBM Award winner
- No. 23 retired by the Chicago Bull
- No. 23 retired by the Miami Heat
- In 1983 Pan American Games gold medal winner
- In the 1992 Tournament of the Americas gold medal winner
Michael Jordan’s Net Worth
Jordan has a net worth of $1.7 billion
Michael Jordan Parents
Jordan is the son of James Jordan Sr. and Delores Jordan