Michael Jordan Biography

Michael Jordan

Quick Facts Of Michael Jordan

Celebrated Name Michael Jordan
Age 56 Years
Nick Name MJ, Air Jordan, His Airness
Birth Name Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Birth Date 1963-02-17
Gender Male
Profession Former Basketball Player

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, popularly known as Michael Jordan is a legendary American former professional basketball player. He is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The Chicago Bulls drafted him 3rd overall in the 1984 NBA Draft and later went on to play 15 seasons in the NBA as a shooting guard or small forward position. He won 6 NBA championships with the Bulls. He briefly retired from basketball in 1993 to play baseball but returned to basketball in 1995. He retired from basketball for the second time in January 1999 but returned to NBA for two seasons with the Washington Wizards. During his entire playing career, he has earned numerous prestigious awards. He is currently the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA.

What is Michael Jordan Famous For?

  • Considered the greatest basketball player of all time. 
  • Won 6 NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls.
  • Named NBA Finals MVP 6 times. 
  • Named NBA Most Valuable Player 5 times. 
  • The first billionaire player in NBA history.
  • The third-richest African-American. 

Michael Jordan Career

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Where was Michael Jordan Born?

Michael Jordan was born on 17 February 1963. His birth name is Michael Jeffrey Jordan. His birth place is in New York City, New York in the United States. He holds American nationality. He belongs to African-American ethnicity. He was born to a father, James R. Jordan Sr., and a mother, Deloris Jordan. He has 4 siblings. He has 2 older brothers, Larry, and James R. Jordan Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and one younger sister, Roslyn. His zodiac sign is Aquarius. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was a child. 

He attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington. He excelled in basketball, baseball, and football at high school. He received scholarship offers from several colleges including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia. He committed to play for the University of North Carolina on a basketball scholarship. During his three seasons with the Tar Heels, he averaged 17.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He forego his senior season to enter the 1984 NBA Draft. He returned to North Carolina, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural geography in 1986.

College Honors

NCAA national championship – 1981–82

ACC Freshman of the Year – 1981–82

Two-time Consensus NCAA All-American First Team – 1982–83, 1983–84

ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year – 1983–84

USBWA College Player of the Year – 1983–84

Naismith College Player of the Year – 1983–84

Adolph Rupp Trophy – 1983–84

John R. Wooden Award – 1983–84

Number 23 retired by the North Carolina Tar Heels

Michael Jordan College

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Professional Career

The Chicago Bulls drafted him 3rd overall in the 1984 NBA Draft. He played most of his NBA career with the Bulls. He went on to win 6 NBA Championships with Bulls including several NBA and franchise records. He won 3 consecutive NBA championships, securing a "three-pat". He missed the majority of the 1985-86 season due to the foot injury.

He briefly retired in 1993 to pursue a career in baseball, which he excelled in high school. it was later reported that Jordan's 1993 retirement was a secret suspension by the league for gambling. He was seen gambling in Atlanta City, New Jersey during the Bulls' playoff run in 1993. 

He played baseball in the minor league as an outfielder. He signed a Minor League Baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox in February 1994. He played for the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions. Due to the ongoing Major League Baseball strike in March 1995, he decided to quit baseball. 

He returned to basketball in March 1995 joining his former club Bulls. He later went on to win 3 more NBA championships with the Bulls. He led the Bulls to secure second "three-pat" after returning from retirement.

He retired for a second time in January 1999. He made his NBA return joining the Washington Wizards in January 2000, not as a player, but as part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Wizards. He desired to return to the NBA as a player and made his NBA return as a player in September 2001. He played 2 seasons for the Wizards. He played his final game at the United Center in Chicago, where he received a four-minute standing ovation. He played his final NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers on 16 April 2003. He received a three-minute standing ovation from his teammates, his opponents, the officials, and the crowd.

He posted 32,292 points, 6,672 rebounds, and 5,633 assists in his 15 NBA seasons. At the conclusion of his 15 NBA seasons, he averaged record 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game. 

 Michael Jordan Basketball

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National Team Career

Jordan won two Olympic gold medals for the United States. He first won the gold medal for the USA in the 1984 Summer Olympics, when he was a college player. He later won the 1993 Summer Olympics with the US. The three members of the US team, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird was dubbed the "Dream Team". 

Post Retirement

He played golf in celebrity charity tournament over the next few years. He was previously fired as the Wizard's president of basketball operations in May 2003. 

He promoted his Jordan Brand clothing line.

He owned a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team, Michael Jordan Motorsports from 2004 to 2013. 

Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets

He bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats in June 2006. 

He acquired the majority of stake in then-renamed Charlotte Hornets in March 2010. 

Michael Jordan Stats

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NBA Honors

Six-time NBA champion – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

Six-time NBA Finals MVP – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998

Five-time NBA MVP – 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998

10-time NBA scoring leader – 1987–1993, 1996–1998

14-time NBA All-Star – 1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003

Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP – 1988, 1996, 1998

11-time All-NBA Team:

First team – 1987–1993, 1996–1998

Second team – 1985

Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team – 1988–1993, 1996–1998

Two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987, 1988

NBA Rookie of the Year – 1984–85

Two-time IBM Award winner – 1985, 1989

NBA Defensive Player of the Year – 1987–88

Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996

Number 23 retired by the Chicago Bulls

Number 23 retired by the Miami Heat

Michael Jordan Honors

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Other Honors

Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

class of 2009 – individual

class of 2010 – as a member of the "Dream 

United States Olympic Hall of Fame – class of 2009 (as a member of the "Dream Team")

FIBA Hall of Fame – class of 2015

Two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner – 1984, 1992

"Triple Crown of Basketball" winner

Three-time Associated Press Athlete of the Year – 1991, 1992, 1993

Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year – 1991

Section of Madison Street in Chicago renamed Michael Jordan Drive – 1994

Ranked No.1 by Slam magazine's Top 50 Players of All-Time

Ranked No.1 by ESPN SportsCentury's Top North American Athletes of the 20th century

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

1997 Marca Leyenda winner

10-time ESPY Award winner (in various categories)

Statue in front of the United Center

2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Michael Jordan Teams

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Author

He has authored several books. His books are

Rare Air: Michael on Michael (1993) with Mark Vancil and Walter Iooss.

I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence (1994) with Mark Vancil and Sandro Miller.

For the Love of the Game: My Story (1998) with Mark Vancil.

Driven from Within (2005) with Mark Vancil.

Michael Jordan Wife

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Who is Michael Jordan Married to?

Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989. They had two sons, Jeffrey, and Marcus, and a daughter, Jasmine. The couple filed for divorce in January 2002. Before finalizing their divorce, the couple reconciled. They again filed for divorce in December 2006. Juanita received a $168 million settlement following her divorce with Jordan. Their divorce settlement became the largest celebrity divorce settlement on public record at the time. He became a grandfather in 2019 when his daughter Jasmine from his first marriage gave birth to a son.  

He then dated Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto. They got engaged in December 2011, on Christmas. They tied a knot to each other on 27 April 2013. The couple has identical twin daughters, Victoria, and Ysabel. 

His former lover Karla Knafel filed a lawsuit against Jordan that he did not pay Knafel $5 million he promised to pay to keep their relationship a secret and not filing a paternity suit. Jordan had allegedly paid her $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret. a DNA test showed Jordan was not the father of the child. 

Michael Jordan Wife

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What is Michael Jordan Net Worth?

Michael Jordan is one of the successful basketball players in history. He became the first billionaire player in NBA history in 2014. He is the third-richest African-American behind Robert F. Smith and Oprah Winfrey. He earned his fortune as one of the successful NBA players. He is one of the most marketed sports figures in history. His annual salary at Bulls was reported over $30 million and his annual income from endorsements was estimated at over $40 million. He has endorsed several brands including Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald's, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, Wheaties, Hanes, and MCI among others. Nike created a signature shoe for Jordan called the Air Jordan in 1984. His image fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers to date. His annual income from his Jordan Brand and endorsements was estimated at $110 million in 2017. The Charlotte Business Journal honored Jordan as the Business Person of the Year in January 2015. His is currently the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets of NBA and the part-owner of the Miami Marlins of MLB. He also co-owns an automotive group including Nissan dealership and Lincoln-Mercury dealership. He also owns several restaurants. His net worth is estimated at $1.9 billion as of September 2019.

 What are Michael Jordan Body measurements?

Michael Jordan stands at a height of 1.98 m i.e. 6 feet and 6 inches tall. He has a body weight of 216 lbs i.e. 98 kg. He has an average body build. He has a bald head and dark brown eyes. He wears shoes of size 13 (US).

Did You Know?

  • His father was murdered by two teenagers during a carjacking incident on 23 July 1993.
  • The Chicago Bulls retired his shirt number 23 including his permanent sculpture, The Spirit, outside the new United Center in November 1994.
  • The finals between the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz for the 1998 NBA Championship holds the highest television rating of any Finals series in history.
  • Even though Jordan never played for the Miami Heat, they retired shirt number 23 in April 2003, in the honor of Jordan.
  • He played all 82 regular season games nine times of his 15 NBA seasons.
  • He is the first NBA player to win both the Defensive Player of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.
  • He led the NBA in scoring in record 10 seasons.
  • He has been associated with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters.
  • He appeared in the music video of Michael Jackson's "Jam" in 1992.

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