Michael Jordan Facts

Michael Jordan Facts
Michael Jordan is a former professional basketball player from the United States, considered by many to be the greatest basketball players of all time. He was born Michael Jeffrey Jordan on February 17th, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Deloris Peoples, a banking employee, and James R. Jordan, Sr., an equipment supervisor. Michael was the fourth child of five born to his parents, and has two older brothers, an older and a younger sister. He attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, where his family had relocated to when he was just a toddler. Although he played sports in school, he was actually turned down for the varsity basketball team in his sophomore year for being too short. A four inch growth spurt and training changed all that.
Interesting Michael Jordan Facts:
In high school Michael Jordan played basketball, baseball, and football.
Michael Jordan first played for the junior varsity squad, and then moved on to varsity.
Michael Jordan was selected for the McDonald's All-American Team in his senior year.
Many colleges tried to recruit Michael Jordan for their teams including North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, Virginia, and Syracuse. He eventually chose North Carolina's scholarship and majored in cultural geography for his academic portion of college.
Michael Jordan left college after his junior year to play in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls, scoring an average of 28.2 points each game in his first season, for which he received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
In 1984 Michael Jordan was a member of the United States Olympic basketball team. They won the gold medal in California.
From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s Michael Jordan is considered to have dominated the professional sport of basketball.
As a member of the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan led the team to six National Basketball Association Championships.
As a member of the NBA Michael Jordan was awarded the NBA's Most Valuable Player a total of five times.
Because Michael Jordan was so successful in his sport he received major endorsement deals with brands like Nike, making him even more famous.
Michael Jordan's father was shot in 1993 by two robbers and died. Michael retired from basketball and decided to pursue baseball.
Michael Jordan returned to basketball in 1995 and joined the cast of the movie Space Jam (released in 1996).
In 1998 Michael Jordan retired from basketball again, and became president and part owner of the Washington Wizards.
In 2001 Michael Jordan began playing for the Washington Wizards. He played two seasons and retired for good in 2003.
Michael Jordan became part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006.
In 2006 Michael's marriage ended in divorce. They had three children together, one of which who also wanted to become a professional basketball player and made the University of Illinois' team.
Michael Jordan hosts an annual golf charity event called the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational.
Michael Jordan owns or has interest in several businesses including professional sports teams, and restaurants.
Michael Jordan was the first athlete in history to become a billionaire, thanks to both his skills as a basketball player and his business sense.

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