Michael Jeffrey Jordan is a former professional American basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessperson and actor. Considered one of the best basketball players ever, he dominated the sport from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s.
Jordan 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.
Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. Growing up in Wilmington, North Carolina, Michael developed a competitive edge at an early age. He wanted to win every game he played.
Michael grew up with a stable family life. His mother, Delores, was a bank teller who has since written several books. His father, James, was a maintenance worker turned manager at General Electric. Jordan had four siblings: Larry, Deloris, Roslyn and James Jr.
M.J. began his professional basketball career when he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984. He was the third overall pick, behind Hakeem Olajuwon, who was selected first by the Houston Rockets, and Sam Bowie, taken by the Portland Trail Blazers; the draft also featured legendary players John Stockton and Charles Barkley.
Jordan soon proved himself on the court. He helped the team make 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.
While his second season was marred by injury, he was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-87 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a single season.
"I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life.
In his long history as a player, he holds 14 MVP (Most Valuable Player) awards: 5 in the regular season, 6 in finals and 3 in All-Star games.
Michael Jordan has 6 rings with the Chicago Bulls in his career, with an average of 30.1 points per game, the highest in all NBA history.
Michael Jordan achieved with the United States national team 2 Olympic gold medals: in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1992 in Barcelona.
In 2001, Michael Jordan returned to the courts for the second time and signed with the Washington Wizards (at the rate of $ 1 million per season). Shortly after the sad tragedy of September 11 occurred, and the legendary player donated the full salary of a year to help children who lost their parents in the attack.
Michael teaches us that failure is part of success in life. He had to miss more than 9,000 shots in his career to become the most famous basketball player of all time. His good nose in business has made him one of the richest men on the planet, with a fortune of 2.1 billion dollars according to the Forbes company in 2020.
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