Michael Jeffrey Jordan lovingly called as just MJ, is a former American Basketball player and a NBA superstar that needs no introduction. Renowned around the world for his performance, he is also responsible for popularizing NBA during 1980s and 1990s. In his 15 season NBA career, Jordan played 13 years for the Chicago Bulls and 2 years for Washington Wizards. He wore number 23 sport jersey. In the huge list of Jordan’s achievements some of the most noticeable are:
- Winner of Most Valuable Player (5 times),
- Winner of Olympic Gold Medal (2 times),
- NBA Champion (6 times),
- All NBA First Team (10 times),
- All Defensive First Team (9 times),
- NBA All Star Game appearances (14 times),
- All Star Game’s Most Valued Player (3 times),
- NBA Finals Most Valued Player (6 times),
- NBA Defensive Player of the year,
- 50th Anniversary All Time Team,
- Rookie of the Year,
- 10 Scoring titles, and
- 3 Steals titles.
Air Jordon’s Super Slam Dunks
Weighing 216 lbs and with a height of 6.6 feet, Michael Jordan is well known for his awesome slam dunks. He is popularly known as Air Jordan and has also won 2 Slam Dunk contests with his jaw dropping super acrobatic slam dunks. The first was in Seattle (1987) and second in Chicago (1988). He has done it all, taking off from the free throw line, one handed tomahawk rip, double pumping while flying in air and taking off from baseline. These are just some of his adrenalin filled slam dunks en route his super slam dunk achievements.
Early Years (Before pro NBA)
Jordon was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17th, 1963. Soon thereafter his family moved to Wilmington, N. Carolina. In Wilmington he attended Laney High School where he started playing basketball. Initially he was not selected in the varsity team owning to his short height. However after a rigorous workout he eventually made it in the team and led it to state championship. Later he was also selected in McDonald’s All American Team.
Jordon attended University of North Carolina in 1981-1984 on basketball scholarship. He quickly became member of Tar Heels, the men’s basketball team of University of North Carolina. In 1982 NCAA Championship, Jordan made the game winning jump shot against Georgetown, which he later described as the major turning point in his basketball career. In the 3 seasons he played, he scored an average of 17.7 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. In 1984 he left college one year ahead without completing his graduation, but returned in 1986 to complete his degree.
Family and Personal Life
Michael Jordon was fourth of the five children to Deloris and James R Sr. His eldest brother James R. Jr. retired in 2006 as a Command Sergeant Major of the US Army. Born in 1962, Michael idolized his elder brother Larry Jordon. Larry is also responsible for developing the initial love in Michael to play basketball. His elder sister’s name is Deloris and younger sister’s name is Roslyn.
Michael married Juanita Vanoy in 1989. They have 3 children, Jeffrey Michael, Marcus James and Jasmine. On 21st July, 2006, a judge in Illinois passed a judgment in favor of Michael. The USD 5 million breach of contract suit was filed by Karla Knafel. Karla Knafel, a former lounge singer and a fledging actress had sued Michael. She claimed that Michael had paid her an initial sum of USD 250,000 for keeping their extra marital relationship a secret whereas had promised to pay her USD 5 million instead. Following this MJ’s 17 year marriage ended on 29th December, 2006. Junaita reportedly received USD 168 million as divorce settlement. In 2007 Jeffrey played basketball for University of Illinois whereas Marcus played three seasons for Whitney Young High School.
Michael thereafter married his girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on 27th April, 2013. On 11th February, 2014, he fathered twin daughters Victoria and Ysabel.
MJ retired from NBA with a score of 32292 points and the highest scoring average of 30.1 points per game. In the 1072 games played, his statistics are .497 Field Goal %, .835 Free Throw %, 6672 Rebounds, 5633 Assists and 2514 Block. Other top NBA superstars have also praised Jordan for his love of the game and the great contributions he made for professional basketball. In admiration of the young superstar Magic Johnson said "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird also responded to Jordon’s achievements and praised him "God disguised as Michael Jordan.”