Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times.
Who Is Michael Jordan?
Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963) is a professional American basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessperson, and actor. Considered one of the best basketball players ever, Michael Jordan dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships and earned the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award five times. With five regular-season MVPs and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan became the most decorated player in the NBA.
Between his six NBA championships, restaurants, stake in the Charlotte Hornets, corporate sponsorship with Nike, and endorsement deals with Gatorade, Hanes, and Upper Deck, Michael Jordan’s estimated net worth is more than $1 billion.
How Tall Is Michael Jordan?
Basketball player Michael Jordan is 6 feet, 6 inches tall.
Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Jordan developed a competitive edge at an early age. He wanted to win every game he played. As his father James later noted, “What he does have is a competition problem. He was born with that … the person he tries to outdo most of the time is himself.”
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)
Jordan enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 and soon became an important member of the school’s basketball team. UNC won the NCAA Division I championships in 1982, with Jordan scoring the final basket needed to defeat Georgetown University. He was also singled out as the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and in 1984.
During the summer of 1984, Jordan made his first appearance at the Olympic Games as a member of the U.S. Olympic basketball team. The team won the gold at the games that year, which were held in Los Angeles. Jordan later helped the American team bring home the gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games, held in Barcelona, Spain.
Professional NBA Career
Jordan left college after his junior year to join the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, he soon proved himself on the court. He helped the team make it to the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game.
In 1985, Jordan finished his bachelor’s degree in geography and continued to play basketball professionally. While his second season was marred by injury, he was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-1987 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to score more than 3,000 points in a single season.
By the late 1980s, the Chicago Bulls were quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and Jordan was an instrumental part of the team’s success. The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1990 and won their first NBA championship the following year by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. A rising NBA superstar, Jordan became known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities.
In 1992, the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second NBA championship. The team took their third championship the following year, dominating in the basketball world.
Following a short stint in minor league baseball, in March 1995 Jordan returned to the basketball court, rejoining the Chicago Bulls and eventually helping them win the championship against the Seattle Sonics in the 1995-96 season.
The following season Jordan came back even stronger, averaging 30.4 points per game. Starting all 82 games that season, he helped the team finish the regular season with 72 wins and clinch a win in the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. The two teams faced each other again for the championships in 1998, and Jordan helped the Bulls beat them for the second year in a row.
Retiring after the 1997-98 season, Jordan joined the Washington Wizards as a part owner and as president of basketball operations. In the fall of 2001, Jordan relinquished these roles to return to the court once more. He played for the Wizards for two seasons before hanging up his jersey for good in 2003.
In a move that shocked many, after the end of the 1992-93 basketball season, Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball to pursue baseball. For one year, Jordan played for a minor league team, the Birmingham Barons, as an outfielder. This decision came shortly following the loss of his father, James, to an act of violence: Two teenagers shot James Jordan during an apparent robbery and were later convicted of the crime.
• Was cut from the high-school varsity basketball team in his sophomore year.
• Claimed his trademark tongue-wagging habit came from watching his dad stick his tongue out while working on the family car.
• Won six NBA championships and was named MVP of the NBA Finals six times.
• Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated a record 49 times.
• Named MVP of the NBA five times.
• Is a 10-time NBA scoring leader.
• Won an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and 1992.
• Named Athlete of the Century by ESPN in 1999.
• Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
• Became the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010. He is the first former player to become majority owner of an NBA team.
• Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2016.
• Victoria Jordan — Daughter
• Jeffrey Michael Jordan — Son
• Marcus James Jordan — Son
• James R. Jordan Jr. — Brother
• Deloris — Sister
• Deloris Jordan — Mother
• Yvette Prieto — Wife
• Ysabel Jordan — Daughter
• Juanita Vanoy Jordan — Ex-wife
• Larry Jordan — Brother
• Roslyn — Sister
• James Jordan — Father
• Jasmine Mickael Jordan — Daughter
• The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (BA in Geography, 1986)
1 “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
2 “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
3 “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
4 “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
5 “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.”
6 “One day, you might look up and see me playing the game at 50. Don’t laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”
7 “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
8 “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
9 “I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.”
10 “I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come”