Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes the world has ever known and considered by most as the National Basketball Association’s greatest all-time player. Throughout Jordan’s career, he was able to have six NBA Championship rings plus five NBA MVP awards. He has also been named NBA All-Star for fourteen times and a six-time NBA Finals MVP.
Born Michael Jeffrey Jordan on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, he is fondly called “MJ”, “His Airness”, and “Air Jordan” by colleagues and fans from all over the world. During his early years, Jordan played baseball and football aside from his trademark basketball. In fact, when he tried out for the varsity team during his sophomore year in high school, he was subsequently cut from the team for being too short despite standing at 5’11”. However, over the summer, he grew 4 more inches and after training extra hard, he earned his spot back and began his ascension into greatness.
Jordan’s professional career started in 1984 playing for the Chicago Bulls. He was drafted in 1984 in the first round of the draft, at pick number 3. Back then he was studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jordan was also named 1985 NBA Rookie of the Year, heralding the amazing things he was about to do on the hard-court. He is after all, known for his fantastic air-time when doing slam dunks.
Unlike most NBA players, Jordan was never traded or bought to other teams. He stayed with the Bulls from 1984-1993, and after a brief hiatus, from 1995-1998. He then went into semi-retirement, only to make another comeback, but this time he played for the Washington Wizards for a brief time.
In addition to his numerous titles, this retired professional basketball player also has 2 Olympic gold medals. He retired in 2003 with career statistics of 32, 292 points, 6,672 rebounds, and 5,633 assists.