MICHAEL JEFFREY JORDAN (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player, businessman , and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets . Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards . His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina . As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels\' national championship team in 1982 . Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests , earned him the nicknames AIR JORDAN and HIS AIRNESS. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991 , he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993 , securing a "three-peat ". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a new venture in minor league baseball , he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996 , 1997 , and 1998 , as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in January 1999 , but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards , ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards , ten scoring titles , three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards , and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award . Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN , and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press 's list of athletes of the century. Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame , having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men\'s Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"). He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike\'s Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film _ Space Jam _ as himself. In 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying a controlling interest in 2010. In 2015, Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history as a result of the increase in value of NBA franchises. He is the third-richest African-American, behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith .
* 1 Early years * 2 High school career * 3 College career
* 4 Professional career
* 4.1 Early NBA years (1984–1987) * 4.2 Pistons roadblock (1987–1990)
* 4.3 First three-peat (1991–1993)
* 4.3.1 Gambling controversy
* 4.4 First retirement and stint in minor league baseball (1993–1994) * 4.5 "I\'m back": Return to the NBA (1995) * 4.6 Second three-peat (1995–1998) * 4.7 Second retirement (1999–2001) * 4.8 Washington Wizards comeback (2001–2003)
* 5 Olympic career
* 6 Post-retirement
* 6.1 Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets
* 7 Player profile
* 8 NBA career statistics
* 8.1 Regular season * 8.2 Playoffs
* 9 Legacy * 10 Personal life * 11 Media figure and business interests * 12 Awards and honors * 13 See also * 14 Notes * 15 References * 16 Bibliography * 17 Further reading * 18 External links
Jordan was born in Brooklyn , New York , to Deloris (née Peoples), who worked in banking, and James R. Jordan Sr. , an equipment supervisor. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina , when he was a toddler.
Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and one younger sister, Roslyn. Jordan's brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Jordan getting ready to slam-dunk for the Laney High School varsity basketball team in 1979–80.
Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball, and football . He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11" (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith , was the only sophomore to make the team.
Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games. The following summer, he grew four inches (10 cm) and trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play. As a senior , he was selected to the McDonald\'s All-American Team after averaging a triple-double : 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds , and 10.1 assists .
Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke , North Carolina , South Carolina , Syracuse , and Virginia . In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography .
Jordan's jersey in the rafters of The Dean Smith Center
As a freshman in coach Dean Smith 's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game (ppg) on 53.4% shooting (field goal percentage ). He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown , which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing . Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game (rpg). He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft . The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon ( Houston Rockets ) and Sam Bowie ( Portland Trail Blazers ). One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center . However, Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman contended that it was not a matter of drafting a center, but more a matter of taking Sam Bowie over Jordan, in part because Portland already had Clyde Drexler , who was a guard with similar skills to Jordan. ESPN , citing Bowie's injury-laden college career, named the Blazers' choice of Bowie as the worst draft pick in North American professional sports history. Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.
EARLY NBA YEARS (1984–1987)
During his rookie season in the NBA, Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas, and appeared on the cover of _ Sports Illustrated _ with the heading "A Star Is Born" just over a month into his professional career. Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season. Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players—led by Isiah Thomas —were upset by the amount of attention Jordan was receiving. This led to a so-called "freeze-out" on Jordan, where players refused to pass the ball to him throughout the game. The controversy left Jordan relatively unaffected when he returned to regular season play, and he would go on to be voted Rookie of the Year. The Bulls finished the season 38–44 and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in four games in the first round of the playoffs .
Jordan's second season was cut short when he broke his foot in the third game of the year, causing him to miss 64 games. Despite Jordan's injury and a 30–52 record (at the time it was fifth worst record of any team to qualify for the playoffs in NBA history), the Bulls made the playoffs . Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. Against a 1985–86 Boston Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history, Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2. The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series.
Jordan had completely recovered in time for the 1986–87 season , and he had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history. He joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only two players to score 3,000 points in a season, averaging a league high 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting. In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season. Despite Jordan's success, Magic Johnson won the league's Most Valuable Player Award . The Bulls reached 40 wins, and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. However, they were again swept by the Celtics .
PISTONS ROADBLOCK (1987–1990)
Jordan (center) in 1987
Jordan again led the league in scoring during the 1987–88 season , averaging 35.0 ppg on 53.5% shooting and won his first league MVP Award. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year , as he had averaged 1.6 blocks and a league high 3.16 steals per game. The Bulls finished 50–32, and made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in Jordan's career, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. However, the Bulls then lost in five games to the more experienced Detroit Pistons , who were led by Isiah Thomas and a group of physical players known as the "Bad Boys ".
In the 1988–89 season , Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field, along with 8 rpg and 8 assists per game (apg). The Bulls finished with a 47–35 record, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating the Cavaliers and New York Knicks along the way. The Cavaliers series included a career highlight for Jordan when he hit _ The Shot _ over Craig Ehlo at the buzzer in the fifth and final game of the series. However, the Pistons again defeated the Bulls, this time in six games, by utilizing their " Jordan Rules " method of guarding Jordan, which consisted of double and triple teaming him every time he touched the ball.
The Bulls entered the 1989–90 season as a team on the rise, with their core group of Jordan and young improving players like Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant , and under the guidance of new coach Phil Jackson . Jordan averaged a league leading 33.6 ppg on 52.6% shooting, to go with 6.9 rpg and 6.3 apg in leading the Bulls to a 55–27 record. They again advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers . However, despite pushing the series to seven games, the Bulls lost to the Pistons for the third consecutive season.
FIRST THREE-PEAT (1991–1993)
In the 1990–91 season , Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season. The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season. With Scottie Pippen developing into an All-Star, the Bulls had elevated their play. The Bulls defeated the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening two rounds of the playoffs . They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where their rival, the Detroit Pistons , awaited them. However, this time the Bulls beat the Pistons in a four-game sweep.
The Bulls advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history to face the Los Angeles Lakers , who had Magic Johnson and James Worthy , two formidable opponents. The Bulls won the series four games to one, and compiled an outstanding 15–2 playoff record along the way. Perhaps the best known moment of the series came in Game 2 when, attempting a dunk, Jordan avoided a potential Sam Perkins block by switching the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air to lay the shot into the basket. In his first Finals appearance, Jordan posted per game averages of 31.2 points on 56% shooting from the field, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks. Jordan won his first NBA Finals MVP award, and he cried while holding the NBA Finals trophy.
Jordan and the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991–92 season , establishing a 67–15 record, topping their franchise record from 1990 to 91. Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award with averages of 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game on 52% shooting. After winning a physical 7-game series over the New York Knicks in the second round of the playoffs and finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals in 6 games, the Bulls met Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in the Finals . The media, hoping to recreate a Magic–Bird rivalry , highlighted the similarities between "Air" Jordan and Clyde "The Glide" during the pre-Finals hype. In the first game, Jordan scored a Finals-record 35 points in the first half, including a record-setting six three-point field goals . After the sixth three-pointer, he jogged down the court shrugging as he looked courtside. Marv Albert , who broadcast the game, later stated that it was as if Jordan was saying, "I can't believe I'm doing this." The Bulls went on to win Game 1, and defeat the Blazers in six games. Jordan was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row and finished the series averaging 35.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 6.5 apg, while shooting 53% from the floor.
In the 1992–93 season , despite a 32.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 5.5 apg campaign, Jordan's streak of consecutive MVP seasons ended as he lost the award to his friend Charles Barkley . Coincidentally, Jordan and the Bulls met Barkley and his Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals . The Bulls won their third NBA championship on a game-winning shot by John Paxson and a last-second block by Horace Grant , but Jordan was once again Chicago's leader. He averaged a Finals-record 41.0 ppg during the six-game series, and became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVP awards. He scored more than 30 points in every game of the series, including 40 or more points in 4 consecutive games. With his third Finals triumph, Jordan capped off a seven-year run where he attained seven scoring titles and three championships, but there were signs that Jordan was tiring of his massive celebrity and all of the non-basketball hassles in his life.
During the Bulls' playoff run in 1993 , controversy arose when Jordan was seen gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey , the night before a game against the New York Knicks . In that same year, he admitted that he had to cover $57,000 in gambling losses, and author Richard Esquinas wrote a book claiming he had won $1.25 million from Jordan on the golf course. In 2005, Jordan talked to Ed Bradley of the CBS evening show _ 60 Minutes _ about his gambling and admitted that he made some reckless decisions. Jordan stated, "Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away and I've pushed the envelope. Is that compulsive? Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. If you're willing to jeopardize your livelihood and your family, then yeah." When Bradley asked him if his gambling ever got to the level where it jeopardized his livelihood or family, Jordan replied, "No."
FIRST RETIREMENT AND STINT IN MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (1993–1994)
BIRMINGHAM BARONS – NO. 45 text-align:left;">
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions
On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game. Jordan later stated that the death of his father earlier in the year also shaped his decision. Jordan's father was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina , by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery, who carjacked the luxury vehicle. The assailants were traced from calls that they made on James Jordan's cellular phone. The two criminals were caught, convicted at trial, and sentenced to life in prison. Jordan was close to his father; as a child he had imitated his father's proclivity to stick out his tongue while absorbed in work. He later adopted it as his own signature, displaying it each time he drove to the basket. In 1996, he founded a Chicago area Boys he would later comment that Jordan "didn't look like the old Michael Jordan" and that "No. 45 doesn't explode like No. 23 used to."
Jordan responded by scoring 38 points in the next game, which Chicago won. Before the game, Jordan decided that he would resume wearing his former number, 23, immediately. The Bulls were fined $25,000 for failing to report the impromptu number change to the NBA. Jordan was fined an additional $5,000 for opting to wear white shoes as the rest of the Bulls wore black. He averaged 31 points per game in the series, but Orlando won the series in 6 games.
SECOND THREE-PEAT (1995–1998)
Freshly motivated by the playoff defeat, Jordan trained aggressively for the 1995–96 season . Strengthened by the addition of rebound specialist Dennis Rodman , the Bulls dominated the league, starting the season 41–3, and eventually finishing with the then-best regular season record in NBA history (later surpassed by the 2015–16 Golden State Warriors ): 72–10. Jordan led the league in scoring with 30.4 ppg, and won the league's regular season and All-Star Game MVP awards.
In the playoffs , the Bulls lost only three games in four series ( Miami Heat 3–0, New York Knicks 4–1, Orlando Magic 4–0). They defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4–2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson 's three Finals MVP awards. He also achieved only the second sweep of the MVP Awards in the All-Star Game, regular season and NBA Finals, Willis Reed having achieved the first, during the 1969–70 season . Because this was Jordan's first championship since his father's murder, and it was won on Father\'s Day , Jordan reacted very emotionally upon winning the title, including a memorable scene of him crying on the locker room floor with the game ball.
In the 1996–97 season , the Bulls started out 69–11, but missed out on a second consecutive 70-win season by losing their final two games to finish 69–13. However, this year Jordan was beaten for the NBA MVP Award by Karl Malone . The Bulls again advanced to the Finals , where they faced Malone and the Utah Jazz . The series against the Jazz featured two of the more memorable clutch moments of Jordan's career. He won Game 1 for the Bulls with a buzzer-beating jump shot. In Game 5, with the series tied at 2, Jordan played despite being feverish and dehydrated from a stomach virus. In what is known as the "Flu Game ", Jordan scored 38 points, including the game-deciding 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining. The Bulls won 90–88 and went on to win the series in six games. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Jordan received the Finals MVP award . During the 1997 NBA All-Star Game , Jordan posted the first triple double in All-Star Game history in a victorious effort; however, he did not receive the MVP award. Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Jordan and the Bulls compiled a 62–20 record in the 1997–98 season . Jordan led the league with 28.7 points per game, securing his fifth regular-season MVP award, plus honors for All-NBA First Team, First Defensive Team and the All-Star Game MVP. The Bulls won the Eastern Conference Championship for a third straight season, including surviving a seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals; it was the first time Jordan had played in a Game 7 since the 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals with the Knicks . After winning, they moved on for a rematch with the Jazz in the Finals .
The Bulls returned to the Delta Center for Game 6 on June 14, 1998, leading the series 3–2. Jordan executed a series of plays, considered to be one of the greatest clutch performances in NBA Finals history. With the Bulls trailing 86–83 with 41.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Phil Jackson called a timeout. When play resumed, Jordan received the inbound pass, drove to the basket, and hit a shot over several Jazz defenders, cutting the Utah lead to 86–85. The Jazz brought the ball upcourt and passed the ball to forward Karl Malone, who was set up in the low post and was being guarded by Rodman. Malone jostled with Rodman and caught the pass, but Jordan cut behind him and took the ball out of his hands for a steal. Jordan then dribbled down the court and paused, eyeing his defender, Jazz guard Bryon Russell . With 10 seconds remaining, Jordan started to dribble right, then crossed over to his left, possibly pushing off Russell, although the officials did not call a foul . With 5.2 seconds left, Jordan gave Chicago an 87–86 lead with a game-winning jumper, the climactic shot of his Bulls career. Afterwards, John Stockton missed a game-winning three-pointer. Jordan and the Bulls won their sixth NBA championship and second three-peat. Once again, Jordan was voted the Finals MVP, having led all scorers averaging 33.5 points per game, including 45 in the deciding Game 6. Jordan's six Finals MVPs is a record; Shaquille O\'Neal , Magic Johnson , LeBron James and Tim Duncan are tied for second place with three apiece. The 1998 Finals holds the highest television rating of any Finals series in history. Game 6 also holds the highest television rating of any game in NBA history.
SECOND RETIREMENT (1999–2001)
Plaque at the United Center chronicling Jordan's career achievements.
With Phil Jackson 's contract expiring, the pending departures of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman looming, and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout of NBA players, Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999. On January 19, 2000, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards . Jordan's responsibilities with the Wizards were comprehensive. He controlled all aspects of the Wizards' basketball operations, and had the final say in all personnel matters. Opinions of Jordan as a basketball executive were mixed. He managed to purge the team of several highly paid, unpopular players (such as forward Juwan Howard and point guard Rod Strickland ), but used the first pick in the 2001 NBA draft to select high schooler Kwame Brown , who did not live up to expectations and was traded away after four seasons.
Despite his January 1999 claim that he was "99.9% certain" that he would never play another NBA game, in the summer of 2001 Jordan expressed interest in making another comeback, this time with his new team. Inspired by the NHL comeback of his friend Mario Lemieux the previous winter, Jordan spent much of the spring and summer of 2001 in training, holding several invitation-only camps for NBA players in Chicago. In addition, Jordan hired his old Chicago Bulls head coach, Doug Collins , as Washington's coach for the upcoming season, a decision that many saw as foreshadowing another Jordan return.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS COMEBACK (2001–2003)
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards on April 14, 2003
On September 25, 2001, Jordan announced his return to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards, indicating his intention to donate his salary as a player to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks . In an injury-plagued 2001–02 season , he led the team in scoring (22.9 ppg), assists (5.2 apg), and steals (1.42 spg). However, torn cartilage in his right knee ended Jordan's season after only 60 games, the fewest he had played in a regular season since playing 17 games after returning from his first retirement during the 1994–95 season . Jordan started 53 of his 60 games for the season, averaging 24.3 points, 5.4 assists, and 6.0 rebounds, and shooting 41.9% from the field in his 53 starts. His last seven appearances were in a reserve role, in which he averaged just over 20 minutes per game.
Playing in his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game in 2003, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history (a record since broken by Kobe Bryant ). That year, Jordan was the only Washington player to play in all 82 games, starting in 67 of them. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He also shot 45% from the field, and 82% from the free throw line. Even though he turned 40 during the season, he scored 20 or more points 42 times, 30 or more points nine times, and 40 or more points three times. On February 21, 2003, Jordan became the first 40-year-old to tally 43 points in an NBA game. During his stint with the Wizards, all of Jordan's home games at the MCI Center were sold out, and the Wizards were the second most-watched team in the NBA, averaging 20,172 fans a game at home and 19,311 on the road. However, neither of Jordan's final two seasons resulted in a playoff appearance for the Wizards, and Jordan was often unsatisfied with the play of those around him. At several points he openly criticized his teammates to the media, citing their lack of focus and intensity, notably that of the number one draft pick in the 2001 NBA draft , Kwame Brown .
With the recognition that 2002–03 would be Jordan's final season, tributes were paid to him throughout the NBA. In his final game at his old home court, the United Center in Chicago, Jordan received a four-minute standing ovation. The Miami Heat retired the number 23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan never played for the team. At the 2003 All-Star Game, Jordan was offered a starting spot from Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson , but refused both. In the end, he accepted the spot of Vince Carter , who decided to give it up under great public pressure.
Jordan played in his final NBA game on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia . After scoring only 13 points in the game, Jordan went to the bench with 4 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter and with his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers , 75–56. Just after the start of the fourth quarter, the First Union Center crowd began chanting "We want Mike!". After much encouragement from coach Doug Collins , Jordan finally rose from the bench and re-entered the game, replacing Larry Hughes with 2:35 remaining. At 1:45, Jordan was intentionally fouled by the 76ers' Eric Snow , and stepped to the line to make both free throws. After the second foul shot, the 76ers in-bounded the ball to rookie John Salmons , who in turn was intentionally fouled by Bobby Simmons one second later, stopping time so that Jordan could return to the bench. Jordan received a three-minute standing ovation from his teammates, his opponents, the officials and the crowd of 21,257 fans.
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal -winning American basketball teams. He won a gold medal as a college player in the 1984 Summer Olympics . The team was coached by Bob Knight and featured players such as Patrick Ewing , Sam Perkins , Chris Mullin , Steve Alford , and Wayman Tisdale . Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 ppg for the tournament.
In the 1992 Summer Olympics , he was a member of the star-studded squad that included Magic Johnson , Larry Bird , and David Robinson and was dubbed the "Dream Team ". Jordan was the only player to start all 8 games in the Olympics. Playing limited minutes due to the frequent blowouts , Jordan averaged 14.9 ppg, finishing second on the team in scoring. Jordan and fellow Dream Team members Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are the only American men's basketball players to win Olympic gold medals as amateurs and professionals.
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
After his third retirement, Jordan assumed that he would be able to return to his front office position as Director of Basketball Operations with the Wizards. However, his previous tenure in the Wizards' front office had produced the aforementioned mixed results and may have also influenced the trade of Richard "Rip" Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse (although Jordan was not technically Director of Basketball Operations in 2002). On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as Washington's President of Basketball Operations. Jordan later stated that he felt betrayed, and that if he knew he would be fired upon retiring he never would have come back to play for the Wizards.
Jordan kept busy over the next few years. He stayed in shape, played golf in celebrity charity tournaments, and spent time with his family in Chicago. He also promoted his Jordan Brand clothing line and rode motorcycles. Since 2004, Jordan has owned Michael Jordan Motorsports, a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team that competed with two Suzukis in the premier Superbike championship sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) until the end of the 2013 season. In 2006, Jordan and his wife Juanita pledged $5 million to Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School . The Jordan Brand has made donations to Habitat for Humanity and a Louisiana branch of the Boys "> Jordan goes to the basket for a score in 1987.
Jordan was a shooting guard who was also capable of playing as a small forward (the position he would primarily play during his second return to professional basketball with the Washington Wizards ), and as a point guard . Jordan was known throughout his career for being a strong clutch performer. With the Bulls, he decided 25 games with field goals or free throws in the last 30 seconds, including two NBA Finals games and five other playoff contests. His competitiveness was visible in his prolific trash-talk and well-known work ethic. As the Bulls organization built the franchise around Jordan, management had to trade away players who were not "tough enough" to compete with him in practice. To help improve his defense, he spent extra hours studying film of opponents. On offense, he relied more upon instinct and improvisation at game time. Noted as a durable player, Jordan did not miss four or more games while active for a full season from 1986–87 to 2001–02, when he injured his right knee. He played all 82 games nine times. Jordan has frequently cited David Thompson , Walter Davis , and Jerry West as influences. Confirmed at the start of his career, and possibly later on, Jordan had a special "Love of the Game Clause" written into his contract (unusual at the time) which allowed him to play basketball against anyone at any time, anywhere.
Jordan had a versatile offensive game. He was capable of aggressively driving to the basket, as well as drawing fouls from his opponents at a high rate; his 8,772 free throw attempts are the ninth-highest total of all time. As his career progressed, Jordan also developed the ability to post up his opponents and score with his trademark fadeaway jump shot , using his leaping ability to "fade away" from block attempts. According to Hubie Brown , this move alone made him nearly unstoppable. Despite media criticism as a "selfish" player early in his career, Jordan's 5.3 assists per game also indicate his willingness to defer to his teammates. After shooting under 30% from three-point range in his first five seasons in the NBA, including a career-low 13% in the 1987–88 season, Jordan improved to a career-high 50% in the 1994–95 season. The three-point shot became more of a focus of his game from 1994–95 to 1996–97, when the NBA shortened its three-point line to 22 ft (6.7 m) (from 23 ft 9 in (7.24 m)). His three-point field-goal percentages ranged from 35% to 43% in seasons in which he attempted at least 230 three-pointers between 1989–90 and 1996–97. For a guard, Jordan was also a good rebounder (6.2 per game).
In 1988, Jordan was honored with the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award and became the first NBA player to win both the Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards in a career (since equaled by Hakeem Olajuwon , David Robinson , and Kevin Garnett ; Olajuwon is the only player other than Jordan to win both during the same season). In addition, he set both seasonal and career records for blocked shots by a guard, and combined this with his ball-thieving ability to become a standout defensive player. He ranks third in NBA history in total steals with 2,514, trailing John Stockton and Jason Kidd . Jerry West often stated that he was more impressed with Jordan's defensive contributions than his offensive ones. He was also known to have strong eyesight; broadcaster Al Michaels said that he was able to read baseball box scores on a 27-inch television clearly from about 50 feet away.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
For a comprehensive listing of Jordan's statistics, see List of career achievements by Michael Jordan .
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game BOLD Career high
† Denotes seasons in which Jordan won an NBA championship
* Led the league
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984–85 Chicago 82* 82* 38.3 .515 .173 .845 6.5 5.9 2.4 .8 28.2
1985–86 Chicago 18 7 25.1 .457 .167 .840 3.6 2.9 2.1 1.2 22.7
1986–87 Chicago 82* 82* 40.0 .482 .182 .857 5.2 4.6 2.9 1.5 37.1*
1987–88 Chicago 82 82* 40.4* .535 .132 .841 5.5 5.9 3.2* 1.6 35.0*
1988–89 Chicago 81 81 40.2* .538 .276 .850 8.0 8.0 2.9 .8 32.5*
1989–90 Chicago 82* 82* 39.0 .526 .376 .848 6.9 6.3 2.8* .7 33.6*
1990–91 † Chicago 82* 82* 37.0 .539 .312 .851 6.0 5.5 2.7 1.0 31.5*
1991–92 † Chicago 80 80 38.8 .519 .270 .832 6.4 6.1 2.3 .9 30.1*
1992–93 † Chicago 78 78 39.3 .495 .352 .837 6.7 5.5 2.8* .8 32.6*
1994–95 Chicago 17 17 39.3 .411 .500 .801 6.9 5.3 1.8 .8 26.9
1995–96 † Chicago 82 82 37.7 .495 .427 .834 6.6 4.3 2.2 .5 30.4*
1996–97 † Chicago 82 82* 37.9 .486 .374 .833 5.9 4.3 1.7 .5 29.6*
1997–98 † Chicago 82* 82* 38.8 .465 .238 .784 5.8 3.5 1.7 .5 28.7*
2001–02 Washington 60 53 34.9 .416 .189 .790 5.7 5.2 1.4 .4 22.9
2002–03 Washington 82 67 37.0 .445 .291 .821 6.1 3.8 1.5 .5 20.0
Career 1,072 1,039 38.3 .497 .327 .835 6.2 5.3 2.3 .8 30.1
All-Star 13 13 29.4 .472 .273 .750 4.7 4.2 2.8 .5 20.2
YEAR TEAM GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1985 Chicago 4 4 42.8 .436 .125 .828 5.8 8.5 2.8 1.0 29.3
1986 Chicago 3 3 45.0 .505 1.000 .872 6.3 5.7 2.3 1.3 43.7
1987 Chicago 3 3 42.7 .417 .400 .897 7.0 6.0 2.0 2.3 35.7
1988 Chicago 10 10 42.7 .531 .333 .869 7.1 4.7 2.4 1.1 36.3
1989 Chicago 17 17 42.2 .510 .286 .799 7.0 7.6 2.5 .8 34.8
1990 Chicago 16 16 42.1 .514 .320 .836 7.2 6.8 2.8 .9 36.7
1991 † Chicago 17 17 40.5 .524 .385 .845 6.4 8.4 2.4 1.4 31.1
1992 † Chicago 22 22 41.8 .499 .386 .857 6.2 5.8 2.0 .7 34.5
1993 † Chicago 19 19 41.2 .475 .389 .805 6.7 6.0 2.1 .9 35.1
1995 Chicago 10 10 42.0 .484 .367 .810 6.5 4.5 2.3 1.4 31.5
1996 † Chicago 18 18 40.7 .459 .403 .818 4.9 4.1 1.8 .3 30.7
1997 † Chicago 19 19 42.3 .456 .194 .831 7.9 4.8 1.6 .9 31.1
1998 † Chicago 21 21 41.5 .462 .302 .812 5.1 3.5 1.5 .6 32.4
Career 179 179 41.8 .487 .332 .828 6.4 5.7 2.1 .8 33.4
Jordan in 1997
Jordan's marked talent was clear from his rookie season. In his first game in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, Jordan received a prolonged standing ovation, a rarity for an opposing player. After Jordan scored a playoff record 63 points against the Boston Celtics on April 20, 1986, Celtics star Larry Bird described him as "God disguised as Michael Jordan."
Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain 's record of seven consecutive scoring titles. He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times (NBA record shared with Gary Payton , Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant ). Jordan also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 points per game, respectively. By 1998, the season of his Finals-winning shot against the Jazz, he was well known throughout the league as a clutch performer. In the regular season, Jordan was the Bulls' primary threat in the final seconds of a close game and in the playoffs, Jordan would always demand the ball at crunch time. Jordan's total of 5,987 points in the playoffs is the second-highest in NBA history . He retired with 32,292 points in regular season play, placing him fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , Karl Malone , and Kobe Bryant .
With five regular-season MVPs (tied for second place with Bill Russell —only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won more, with six), six Finals MVPs (NBA record), and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan is the most decorated NBA player. Jordan finished among the top three in regular-season MVP voting a record 10 times, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. He is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA championship, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal (doing so twice with the 1984 and 1992 U.S. men's basketball teams). Since 1976, the year of the NBA's merger with the American Basketball Association , Jordan and Pippen are the only two players to win six NBA Finals playing for one team. In the All-Star Game fan ballot , Jordan received the most votes nine times, more than any other player. "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." — Magic Johnson
Many of Jordan's contemporaries say that Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. In 1999, an ESPN survey of journalists, athletes and other sports figures ranked Jordan the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century, above such luminaries as Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali . Jordan placed second to Babe Ruth in the Associated Press 's December 1999 list of 20th century athletes. In addition, the Associated Press voted him as the greatest basketball player of the 20th century. Jordan has also appeared on the front cover of _ Sports Illustrated _ a record 50 times. In the September 1996 issue of _Sport _, which was the publication's 50th anniversary issue, Jordan was named the greatest athlete of the past 50 years.
Jordan's athletic leaping ability, highlighted in his back-to-back slam dunk contest championships in 1987 and 1988, is credited by many with having influenced a generation of young players. Several current NBA All-Stars have stated that they considered Jordan their role model while growing up, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade . In addition, commentators have dubbed a number of next-generation players "the next Michael Jordan" upon their entry to the NBA, including Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway , Grant Hill , Allen Iverson , Kobe Bryant , LeBron James, Vince Carter , and Dwyane Wade. Although Jordan was a well-rounded player, his "Air Jordan" image is also often credited with inadvertently decreasing the jump shooting skills, defense, and fundamentals of young players, a fact Jordan himself has lamented.
I think it was the exposure of Michael Jordan; the marketing of Michael Jordan. Everything was marketed towards the things that people wanted to see, which was scoring and dunking. That Michael Jordan still played defense and an all-around game, but it was never really publicized.
Although Jordan has done much to increase the status of the game, some of his impact on the game's popularity in America appears to be fleeting. Television ratings in particular increased only during his time in the league, and Finals ratings have not returned to the level reached during his last championship-winning season. Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House .
In August 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts , opened a Michael Jordan exhibit that contained items from his college and NBA careers, as well as from the 1992 "Dream Team" . The exhibit also has a batting glove to signify Jordan's short career in minor league baseball. After Jordan received word of his acceptance into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson to present him. As Jordan would later explain during his induction speech in September 2009, growing up in North Carolina, he was not a fan of the Tar Heels, and greatly admired Thompson, who played at rival North Carolina State . He was inducted into the Hall in September, with several former Bulls teammates in attendance, including Scottie Pippen , Dennis Rodman , Charles Oakley , Ron Harper , Steve Kerr , and Toni Kukoč . Two of Jordan's former coaches, Dean Smith and Doug Collins, were also among those present. His emotional reaction during his speech—when he began to cry—was captured by Associated Press photographer Stephan Savoia and would later become widely shared on social media as the Crying Jordan Internet meme. In 2016, President Barack Obama honored Jordan with a Presidential Medal of Freedom .
Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they had two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James , and a daughter, Jasmine. Jordan and Vanoy filed for divorce on January 4, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter. They again filed for divorce and were granted a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, 2006, commenting that the decision was made "mutually and amicably". It is reported that Juanita received a $168 million settlement (equivalent to $200 million in 2016), making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement on public record at the time.
In 1991, Jordan purchased a lot in Highland Park, Illinois , to build a 56,000 square foot mansion, which was completed four years later. Jordan listed his Highland Park mansion for sale in 2012. Both of his sons attended Loyola Academy , a private Roman Catholic high school located in Wilmette , Illinois. Jeffrey graduated as a member of the 2007 graduating class and played his first collegiate basketball game on November 11, 2007, for the University of Illinois . After two seasons, Jeffrey left the Illinois basketball team in 2009. He later rejoined the team for a third season, then received a release to transfer to the University of Central Florida , where Marcus was attending. Marcus transferred to Whitney Young High School after his sophomore year at Loyola Academy and graduated in 2009. He began attending UCF in the fall of 2009, and played three seasons of basketball for the school.
On July 21, 2006, a judge in Cook County, Illinois , determined that Jordan did not owe his alleged former lover Karla Knafel $5 million in a breach of contract claim. Jordan had allegedly paid Knafel $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret. Knafel claimed Jordan promised her $5 million for remaining silent and agreeing not to file a paternity suit after Knafel learned she was pregnant in 1991. A DNA test showed Jordan was not the father of the child.
He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto , on Christmas 2011, and they were married on April 27, 2013, at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. It was announced on November 30, 2013, that the two were expecting their first child together. On February 11, 2014, Prieto gave birth to identical twin daughters named Victoria and Ysabel.
MEDIA FIGURE AND BUSINESS INTERESTS
Michael Jordan in 2008
Jordan is one of the most marketed sports figures in history. He has been a major spokesman for such brands as Nike , Coca-Cola , Chevrolet , Gatorade , McDonald\'s , Ball Park Franks , Rayovac , Wheaties , Hanes , and MCI . Jordan has had a long relationship with Gatorade, appearing in over 20 commercials for the company since 1991, including the " Be Like Mike " commercials in which a song was sung by children wishing to be like Jordan.
Nike created a signature shoe for him, called the _ Air Jordan _. One of Jordan's more popular commercials for the shoe involved Spike Lee playing the part of Mars Blackmon . In the commercials Lee, as Blackmon, attempted to find the source of Jordan's abilities and became convinced that "it's gotta be the shoes". The hype and demand for the shoes even brought on a spate of "shoe-jackings" where people were robbed of their sneakers at gunpoint. Subsequently, Nike spun off the Jordan line into its own division named the "Jordan Brand". The company features an impressive list of athletes and celebrities as endorsers. The brand has also sponsored college sports programs such as those of North Carolina , Cal , Georgetown , and Marquette .
Jordan also has been associated with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. A Nike commercial shown during 1992's Super Bowl XXVI featured Jordan and Bugs Bunny playing basketball. The Super Bowl commercial inspired the 1996 live action/animated film _ Space Jam _, which starred Jordan and Bugs in a fictional story set during the former's first retirement from basketball. They have subsequently appeared together in several commercials for MCI. Jordan also made an appearance in the music video of Michael Jackson 's "Jam " (1992).
Jordan's yearly income from the endorsements is estimated to be over forty million dollars. In addition, when Jordan's power at the ticket gates was at its highest point, the Bulls regularly sold out both their home and road games. Due to this, Jordan set records in player salary by signing annual contracts worth in excess of US $30 million per season. An academic study found that Jordan's first NBA comeback resulted in an increase in the market capitalization of his client firms of more than $1 billion.
Most of Jordan's endorsement deals, including his first deal with Nike, were engineered by his agent, David Falk . Jordan has described Falk as "the best at what he does" and that "marketing-wise, he's great. He's the one who came up with the concept of 'Air Jordan.'"
In June 2010, Jordan was ranked by _ Forbes _ magazine as the 20th-most powerful celebrity in the world with $55 million earned between June 2009 and June 2010. According to the Forbes article, Jordan Brand generates $1 billion in sales for Nike. In June 2014, Jordan was named the first NBA player to become a billionaire, after he increased his stake in the Charlotte Hornets from 80% to 89.5%. On January 20, 2015, Jordan was honored with the _Charlotte Business Journal'_s Business Person of the Year for 2014. As of April 2017, his current net worth is estimated at $1.31 billion by _Forbes_. Jordan is the third-richest African-American as of 2017, behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith .
AWARDS AND HONORS
James Worthy , Jordan, and Dean Smith at a North Carolina Tar Heels men\'s basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams. Main article: List of career achievements by Michael Jordan
* Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* class of 2009 – individual * class of 2010 – as a member of the "Dream Team"
* U.S. 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 * Six-time NBA champion * Six-time NBA Finals MVP * Five-time NBA MVP * 10-time NBA scoring leader (1987–1993, 1996–1998) * 14-time NBA All-Star * Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP * 11-time All-NBA * Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team * Two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987 , 1988 * NBA Rookie of the Year – 1984–85 * NBA Defensive Player of the Year – 1987–88 * 1985 IBM Award winner * NCAA national championship – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill : 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 * John R. Wooden Award – 1983–84 * Adolph Rupp Trophy – 1983–84 * "Triple Crown" winner * _Sports Illustrated_ Sportsman of the Year – 1991 * Section of Madison Street in Chicago renamed Michael Jordan Drive – 1994 * Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996 * 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 * Seven-time ESPY Award winner (in various categories) * Number 23 retired by the Chicago Bulls * Number 23 retired by the North Carolina Tar Heels * Number 23 retired by the Miami Heat * Statue in front of the United Center * 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom
* ^ Jordan wore a nameless no. 12 jersey in a February 14, 1990 game against the Orlando Magic because his no. 23 jersey had been stolen. Jordan scored 49 points, setting a franchise record for players wearing that jersey number.
* ^ Strauss, Chris. "The greatest No. 12 that no one is talking about", _USA Today_, December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012. * ^ Smith, Sam (February 15, 1990). "Magic has the Bulls' number: Catledge leads rally; Jordan scores 49 points", _ Chicago Tribune _, pg. A1. * ^ Rein, Kotler and Shields, pg. 173. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ _I_ _J_ _K_ _L_ _M_ _N_ _O_ _P_ _Q_ _R_ _S_ _T_ Michael Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ Markovits and Rensman, pg. 89. * ^ Berkow, Ira. "Sports of The Times; Air Jordan And Just Plain Folks", _ The New York Times _, June 15, 1991. Retrieved February 11, 2009. * ^ Skidmore, Sarah. "23 years later, Air Jordans maintain mystique", _ The Seattle Times _, January 10, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
* ^ Michael Jordan biography, 23jordan.com. Retrieved November 23, 2007.
* Sachare, pgs. 172–173.
* ^ Associated Press, "Michael Jordan\'s big brother ends Army career", charlotte.com, May 16, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ Halberstam, pgs. 20–21. * ^ _A_ _B_ Poppel, Seth. " Michael Jordan Didn\'t Make Varsity—At First", _Newsweek_, October 17, 2015. Retrieved June 28, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ Michael Jordan, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 8, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ Michael Jordan: The Stats, infoplease .com. Retrieved March 15, 2007. * ^ Williams, Lena. PLUS: Basketball; "A McDonald\'s Game For Girls, Too", _ The New York Times _, December 7, 2001. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
* Lucas, Adam. Lucas: One Extraordinary Night, tarheelblue.cstv.com, February 10, 2007. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
* ^ Halberstam, pgs. 67–68. * ^ LeFeber, pg. 32. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ _I_ _J_ _K_ Michael Jordan, databaseBasketball.com, archived link, archive date February 11, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ qtd. in Lazenby, Roland. "Michaelangelo: Portrait of a Champion". _Michael Jordan: The Ultimate Career Tribute_. Bannockburn, Illinois: H&S Media, 1999. pg. 128. * ^ DuPree, David (November 26, 1984). "Trail Blazers don't regret bypassing Jordan". _ USA Today _. p. 6C. * ^ Sakamoto, Bob (November 25, 1984). "Portland GM is happy with Bowie". _ Chicago Tribune _. p. B2. * ^ Schoenfield, David. The 100 worst draft picks ever, ESPN. Retrieved October 20, 2013. * ^ Morris, Mike. "The Legend: A Highlight-Reel History of the NBA's Greatest Player". _Michael Jordan: The Ultimate Career Tribute_. Bannockburn, Illinois: H Bulls Brush Aside Pistons for Eastern Title, _The New York Times_, May 28, 1991. Retrieved April 8, 2008. * ^ Wilbon, Michael . Great Shot! Jordan\'s Best Amazingly Goes One Better, _The Washington Post_, pg. D01, June 7, 1991. Retrieved March 7, 2007. * ^ 1991 Finals stats, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 24, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ _E_ _F_ _G_ _H_ Finals Most Valuable Player, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 6, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Schwartz, Larry. Michael Jordan transcends hoops, ESPN . Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Sports Illustrated cover, May 11, 1992. _Sports Illustrated_. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ Jordan Blazes Away From Long Range, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 9, 2007. * ^ A Stroll Down Memory Lane, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 23, 2007. * ^ Paxson\'s Trey Propels Bulls Into NBA History, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 20, 2007. * ^ McCallum, Jack. "\'The Desire Isn\'t There\'", _Sports Illustrated_, October 18, 1993. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ Anderson, Dave . "Sports of The Times; Jordan\'s Atlantic City Caper", _The New York Times_, May 27, 1993. Retrieved April 8, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ Thomas, Monifa. "Jordan on gambling: \'Very embarrassing\'" (scroll down to see article), _ Chicago Sun-Times _, available at winningstreak.com, October 21, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Michael Jordan Still Flying High, CBS News, August 20, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ Berkow, Ira. "A Humbled Jordan Learns New Truths", _The New York Times_, April 11, 1994. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Mitchell, Alison. The Nation; "So Many Criminals Trip Themselves Up", _The New York Times_, August 22, 1993. Retrieved March 24, 2008. * ^ Janofsky, Michael (August 16, 1993). "Two Men Are Charged With Murder Of Jordan", _The New York Times_. Retrieved February 9, 2017. * ^ Walsh, Edward. "On the City\'s West Side, Jordan\'s Legacy Is Hope", _The Washington Post_, January 14, 1998. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ "Michael Jordan, family attend groundbreaking ceremony for James Jordan Center". _Jet _. Johnson Publishing Company . 88 (14): 51–53. August 14, 1995. ISSN 0021-5996 . * ^ Jordan, pg. 100. * ^ Thomsen, Ian; Rodgers, Ted (October 18, 1993). "Europe loses a role model; Even in countries where basketball is a minor pursuit, Jordan's profile looms large – includes related article on Jordan's stature in Japan". _ The Sporting News _. 216 (16): 35. ISSN 0038-805X . * ^ _ The Sporting News Official NBA Register 1994–95_, pg. 334. * ^ _A_ _B_ Michael Jordan Chronology, _Sports Illustrated_, January 12, 1999. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Michael Jordan: A Tribute, _Sports Illustrated_. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Araton, Harvey. Basketball; "Jordan Keeping the Basketball World in Suspense", _The New York Times_, March 10, 1995. Retrieved March 24, 2008. * ^ " Michael Jordan Statue". United Center . Retrieved March 19, 2017. * ^ Artner, Alan G. (November 2, 1994). "Jordan Truly Larger Than Life: Sculpture Shows Spirit Of The Man, But Little More". _Chicago Tribune _. Retrieved September 3, 2011. * ^ "Bye-bye, No. 23: Buzz went to see Michael Jordan\'s Chicago...". _ Chicago Tribune _. November 8, 1994. Retrieved September 3, 2011. * ^ Taylor, Phil. "What Goes Up ... Must Come Down, Or So It Seems", _Sports Illustrated_, March 20, 1995. Retrieved March 19, 2017. * ^ Lazenby, pgs. 513–515. * ^ Lazenby, pgs. 511–512. * ^ _A_ _B_ " Michael Jordan returns to Bulls in overtime loss to Indiana Pacers – Chicago Bulls". _Jet _. Johnson Publishing Company . 87 (21): 51–53. April 3, 1995. ISSN 0021-5996 . * ^ Hausman, Jerry A. and Gregory K. Leonard. "Superstars in the National Basketball Association: Economic Value and Policy." _Journal of Labor Economics _, 15 (4): 586–624 , 1997. doi :10.1086/209839 . * ^ Lawrence, Mitch. Memories of MJ\'s first two acts, ESPN, September 10, 2001. Retrieved December 16, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ Walks, Matt (May 7, 2015). "Flashback: 20 years ago today, Anderson forces MJ back to No. 23". ESPN . Retrieved May 8, 2015. * ^ Heisler, Mark. "NBA Fines Jordan for Shoes, Bulls for No. 23", _Los Angeles Times_, May 12, 1995. Retrieved April 22, 2017. * ^ Kerr, Steve. The greatest team in history – day four: Chicago Bulls, BBC. Retrieved March 16, 2007. * ^ Chicago Bulls 1995–96 Game Log and Scores, Archived January 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine . databasebasketball.com. Retrieved June 9, 2017. * ^ NBA Team Regular Season Records for Wins, Basketball-Reference. Retrieved April 22, 2016. * ^ 1995–96 Chicago Bulls, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ _A_ _B_ Chicago Bulls 1996–97 Game Log and Scores, Archived January 25, 2016, at the Wayback Machine . databasebasketball.com. Retrieved June 9, 2017. * ^ Burns, Marty. 23 to remember, _Sports Illustrated_, January 16, 1999. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Belock, Joe (February 11, 2015). "NBA All-Star Game\'s most memorable moments", _New York Daily News_. Retrieved June 5, 2016. * ^ Porter, pg. 119. * ^ Smith, Stephen A. (May 30, 1998). "Still In The Hunt: Pacers Hold Off Bulls To Force Game 7", _The Philadelphia Inquirer_. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Lazenby, pg. 596. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Greatest Finals Moments, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 6, 2007. * ^ Kerber, Fred. Former NBA Ref Blasts Officiating, _New York Post _, August 17, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2017. * ^ Knott, Tom. "Someone has to win Eastern Conference", _The Washington Times _, December 8, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2008. * ^ Deveney, Sean. Crying Foul, sportingnews.com, March 14, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Ryan, Jeff. History of the NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz – 1998, sportingnews.com. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Cohen, Rachel. Lakers-Celtics should grab big TV ratings, charleston.net, June 5, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ " NBA Finals Game 6 nets ratings record for NBC". _Jet _. Johnson Publishing Company . 94 (6): 47. July 6, 1998. ISSN 0021-5996 . * ^ Kruger, pgs. 55–56, 59. * ^ Wise, Mike (January 19, 2002). "Pro Basketball; It\'s Bitter In Chicago For Jordan", _The New York Times_. Retrieved June 5, 2016. * ^ Wise, Mike (January 21, 1999). "Pro Basketball; The Business Of Basketball Now Begins In Earnest", _The New York Times_. Retrieved June 5, 2016. * ^ Sandomir, Richard. Jordan Sheds Uniform for Suit as a Wizards Owner, _The New York Times_, January 20, 2000. Retrieved March 24, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ _D_ Pollin\'s decision to cut ties leaves Jordan livid, ESPN, May 9, 2003. Retrieved December 23, 2008. * ^ Brady, Erik. "Wizards show Jordan the door", _USA Today_, May 7, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2007. * ^ Associated Press. Making his move, _Sports Illustrated_, February 22, 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Matthews, Marcus. Losing never looked so good for Wizards, _USA Today_, March 1, 2001. Retrieved February 23, 2007. * ^ Wilbon, Michael . "So Long, Kwame, Thanks for Nothing", _The Washington Post_, July 16, 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2007. * ^ _A_ _B_ Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; Old Coach Rejoins Old Warrior", _ The New York Times _, October 2, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ _A_ _B_ White, Joseph. "Jordan comeback raises questions", cbc.ca , September 23, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ Associated Press. Jordan watched Lemieux\'s comeback very closely, ESPN, October 2, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2007. * ^ Penny outshines MJ at \'Comeback Camp\', CNNSI.com, August 25, 2001. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Pollin Establishes Education Fund, National Basketball Association, September 9, 2002. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ News Summary, _The New York Times_, September 26, 2001. Retrieved April 8, 2008. * ^ Michael Jordan 2001–02 Splits, Basketball-Reference. Retrieved August 8, 2015. * ^ Bryant, West hold on to win NBA All-Star game, National Basketball Association, February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012. * ^ Jordan Pours in History-Making 43, National Basketball Association, February 21, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ NBA Attendance Report – 2003. ESPN. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ _A_ _B_ Maaddi, Rob. Collins feels Jordan\'s pain, Associated Press , _USA Today_, November 29, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2007. * ^ _A_ _B_ Associated Press. Bad chemistry left MJ unable to win in Washington, _Sports Illustrated_, April 12, 2003. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Johnson, K. C. Lengthy ovation moves Jordan, _ Chicago Tribune _, January 25, 2003. Retrieved October 7, 2010. * ^ Heat retires first number, _Sports Illustrated_, April 11, 2003. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Associated Press. Thanks, but no thanks: Jordan not interested in ceremonial starting role, _Sports Illustrated_, February 8, 2003. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Zeisberger, Mike. Vince\'s wild ride, slam.canoe.ca, December 18, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2007. * ^ Sixers Prevail in Jordan\'s Final Game, National Basketball Association, April 16, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ _A_ _B_ Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad – 1984, USA Basketball, Inc. Retrieved March 26, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ Games of the XXVth Olympiad – 1992, USA Basketball Inc. Retrieved March 26, 2017. * ^ Hareas, John. 1992 Dream Team: By the Numbers, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 23, 2012. * ^ Wise, Mike. "Pro Basketball; Jordan\'s Strained Ties to Wizards May Be Cut", _The New York Times_, May 4, 2003. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ Grass, Ray. " Michael Jordan is now riding superbikes", deseretnews.com, June 22, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2008. * ^ Jordan Suzuki Previews The AMA Superbike Championship Finale At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, _Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology_, September 11, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2009. * ^ Swarts, David. Michael Jordan Motorsports Suspending AMA Pro Road Racing Operations, Focusing On Move To International Competition, _Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology_, October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 24, 2015. * ^ Meyer, Gregory. Jordans to pledge $5M to Hales Franciscan H.S., chicagobusiness.com, March 13, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2008. * ^ Jordan Brand Donates $500,000 to Boys and Girls Club in Louisiana, Reuters , February 14, 2008. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Michael Jordan to Become Part Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, National Basketball Association, June 15, 2006. Retrieved March 26, 2017. * ^ Associated Press. Jordan writes state of Bobcats letter to fans, ESPN, June 15, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2007. * ^ Associated Press. Shinn says others interested in buying piece of Hornets, lubbockonline.com, May 10, 1999. Retrieved January 3, 2014. * ^ Michael Jordan & Charlotte Bobcats – NBA Legend Wants to Buy Team, Report, _National Ledger_, February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010. * ^ Associated Press . MJ to buy controlling stake in Bobcats, ESPN , February 27, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010. * ^ Associated Press. Jordan purchase of Bobcats approved, ESPN, March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010. * ^ Rhoden, William C. "Want to Make an Impact? Join Jordan", _The New York Times_, April 27, 2010. Retrieved May 7, 2014. * ^ Beck, Howard (November 5, 2011). "Hard-Line Factions Threaten Latest N.B.A. Negotiations". _The New York Times_. p. D7. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved June 9, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ Whitlock, Jason (November 5, 2011). "MJ sells out players with hard-line stance". FoxSports.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved May 18, 2017. * ^ "Knicks earn No. 7, Bobcats set dubious record". Fox News. April 27, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. * ^ " Michael Jordan committed to Bobcats". ESPN. November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012. * ^ Michael Jordan\'s Game-Winners: How Many Has Michael Made?. National Basketball Association. Retrieved April 18, 2014. * ^ DeCourcy, Mike. A suspension for talking trash? Mamma mia!, sportingnews.com, July 21, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Jackson, Phil. "Michael and Me", _Inside Stuff_, June/July 1998, available at nba.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Donnelly, Sally B. "Great Leapin\' Lizards! Michael Jordan Can\'t Actually Fly, But", _Time_, January 9, 1989. Retrieved March 7, 2007. * ^ Condor, pgs. xviii–xx. * ^ Pro Basketball; Jordan\'s Knee Problems May Force Him to Sideline. _The New York Times_, February 26, 2002. Retrieved April 18, 2014. * ^ Jordan, pg. 155. * ^ DuPree, David (February 9, 2003). Jordan wears \'greatest\' crown, _USA Today_. Retrieved October 25, 2013. * ^ Jordan, pg. 5. * ^ Career Leaders for Free Throw Attempts, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 16, 2008. * ^ Brown, Hubie . Hubie Brown on Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ Strauss, Ethan Sherwood (August 13, 2013). Jordan\'s forgotten advantage over LeBron, ESPN. Retrieved January 14, 2017. * ^ Ladewski, Paul. What Does He Do for an Encore?, _Hoop Magazine_, December 1987, available at nba.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Career Leaders for Steals, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ Michael Jordan: A tribute: Praise from his peers, NBA\'s 50 greatest sing MJ\'s praises, _Sports Illustrated_, February 1, 1999. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Simmons, Bill (June 19, 2014). B.S. Report: Al Michaels, Grantland, 1:29–2:45. Retrieved June 22, 2014. * ^ NBA & ABA All-Defensive Teams, Basketball-Reference. Retrieved February 3, 2015. * ^ Sachare, Alex. Go-Two Guys, _Hoop Magazine_, June 1996. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ NBA & ABA Career Playoff Leaders and Records for Points, Basketball-Reference. Retrieved June 13, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ NBA History – Points Leaders, espn.com. Retrieved January 18, 2015. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Basketball\'s Triple Crown". The Post Game.com. Retrieved July 19, 2012. * ^ Malinowski, Erik. Four decades after NBA merger, ABA\'s spirit stronger than ever, Fox Sports, June 17, 2014. Retrieved May 8, 2017. * ^ Most NBA Championships Won, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 8, 2017. * ^ Moving Pictures: All-Star Ballot winners, National Basketball Association, January 21, 2005. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ Top N. American athletes of the century, ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2007. * ^ "Ruth, Didrikson Named Top Athletes", _Los Angeles Times_, December 12, 1999. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ AP Basketball Player of the Century, lubbockonline.com, December 11, 1999. Retrieved January 18, 2008. * ^ Michael Jordan\'s 50 SI Covers, _Sports Illustrated_. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ "Final Out: 1996", _Sport _, volume 90, issue 7, July 1999, pg. 96. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Hubbard, Jan. Michael Jordan interview, _Hoop Magazine_, April 1997, via nba.com. Retrieved March 6, 2007. * ^ Fitzpatrick, Curry. "In An Orbit All His Own", _Sports Illustrated _, November 9, 1987. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Associated Press. James says he\'ll decide his future soon, _Sports Illustrated_, April 16, 2003. Retrieved May 19, 2017. * ^ Ginsbrug, Steve. "Wade scoffs at Jordan comparisons", Reuters, June 21, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Stein, Mark. Kobe, Hill deal with being the next Michael, ESPN, October 29, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2007. * ^ Isidore, Chris. The next \'next Jordan\', money.cnn.com, June 23, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2007. * ^ Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; Will James Be the Next Jordan or the Next Carter?", _The New York Times_, December 28, 2005. Retrieved April 8, 2008. * ^ _A_ _B_ Rovell, Darren. NBA could cash in if TV ratings soar with Jordan, ESPN, September 23, 2001. Retrieved March 10, 2007. * ^ Kent, Milton (June 17, 2015). " NBA Finals TV ratings finish highest since Michael Jordan\'s last title", _The Washington Post_. Retrieved July 17, 2016. * ^ "Hall opens a Jordan exhibit", _The New York Times_ (August 3, 2009), pg. D5. * ^ Spears, Marc J. "Thompson to open Hall\'s doors for Jordan", Yahoo! Sports, September 7, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Smith, Sam. Jordan makes a Hall of Fame address, National Basketball Association, September 12, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009. * ^ Germano, Sara (February 4, 2016). " Michael Jordan Surges on Web as \'Crying Jordan\'", _The Wall Street Journal_. Retrieved April 7, 2016. * ^ Carson, Dan (April 5, 2016). How Crying Jordan became the most divisive image on the Internet, Fox Sports. Retrieved April 19, 2016. * ^ _A_ _B_ "President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom", _whitehouse.gov_. The White House . November 16, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. * ^ Associated Press. Jordan, wife end marriage \'mutually, amicably\', ESPN, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ Michael Jordan, Wife to Divorce After 17 Years, _People_, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007. * ^ Forbes: Jordan Divorce Most Costly Ever, _The Washington Post_, April 14, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2013. * ^ Tadena, Nathalie and Momo Zhou. Divorce Has a Hefty Price Tag for Celebrities, Billionaires, abcnews.go.com, August 20, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2013. * ^ Rodkin, Dennis. " Michael Jordan Lists Highland Park Mansion for $29 Million", _ Chicago Magazine_, February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. * ^ Associated Press. Heir Jordan out to prove he can play like Mike, nbcsports.msnbc.com, July 9, 2005. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Associated Press. Jeff Jordan prepares for life after hoops, ESPN, June 24, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2009. * ^ Jordan Returns to Illini, Illinois Fighting Illini, October 16, 2009. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Associated Press. Jordan\'s Career at Illinois Ends, _The New York Times_, May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010. * ^ Jeffrey Jordan lands at Central Florida, ESPN, June 1, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010. * ^ Weir, Tom. "Second Jordan son headed to Division-I, at UCF", _USA Today_, April 7, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2011. * ^ " Marcus Jordan leaving Central Florida\'s program", SI.com, August 20, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ _A_ _B_ Associated Press. "Judge says Jordan not obligated to pay ex-lover", _USA Today_, June 12, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Associated Press. "Judge: Alleged deal between Jordan, ex-lover invalid", ESPN, July 22, 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2011, * ^ Jordan\'s former girlfriend shouldn\'t get another cent, _USA Today_, November 25, 2002. Retrieved February 12, 2009. * ^ Jordan\'s Ex-Lover Counters With $5 Million Lawsuit, whiotv.com, November 19, 2002. Retrieved May 9, 2017. * ^ Troop, Caleb. "Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is engaged", WCNC-TV, December 29, 2011. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Garcia, Jennifer. " Michael Jordan Marries Model Yvette Prieto", _People_, April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013. * ^ Reuters. Michael Jordan marries longtime girlfriend, _Chicago Tribune_, April 27, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. * ^ Golliver, Ben. Reports: Michael Jordan, wife Yvette Prieto expecting first child, _Sports Illustrated_, November 30, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Webber, Stephanie. Michael Jordan, Wife Yvette Prieto Expecting First Child Seven Months After Tying the Knot, _Us Weekly_, November 30, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013. * ^ Michael Jordan, Yvette Prieto welcome twin girls, CBS News, February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014. * ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ Rovell, Darren. "Jordan\'s 10 greatest commercials ever", ESPN, February 17, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ Vancil, Mark. "Michael Jordan: Phenomenon", _Hoop Magazine_, December 1991. Retrieved March 7, 2007. * ^ "Michael Jordan", _Forbes_. Retrieved February 23, 2007. * ^ Team Jordan, nike.com. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ Jordan Brand Gearing Up For March Madness, nikeinc.com, March 14, 2012. Retrieved August 16, 2014. * ^ Horovitz, Bruce. \'Hare Jordan\' May Give Animation Ads a Lift, _Los Angeles Times_, January 28, 1992. Retrieved December 18, 2013. * ^ _A_ _B_ Porter, pg. 96. * ^ ""Jam" (1992) – Michael Jackson\'s 20 Greatest Videos: The Stories Behind the Vision", _ Rolling Stone _. Retrieved April 21, 2016. * ^ Redenbach, Andrew. A Multiple Product Endorser can be a Credible Source, _Cyber-Journal of Sport Marketing_. Retrieved May 15, 2017. * ^ #18 Michael Jordan, _Forbes_. Retrieved February 16, 2009. * ^ Rovell, Darren. "Cashing in on the ultimate cash cow", ESPN, April 15, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007. * ^ " Michael Jordan signs deal with Bulls worth more than $30 million". _Jet _. Johnson Publishing Company . 82 (17): 51. September 15, 1997. ISSN 0021-5996 . * ^ Mathur, Lynette Knowles, Ike Mathur and Nanda Rangan. "The Wealth Effects Associated with a Celebrity Endorser: The Michael Jordan Phenomenon." _Journal of Advertising Research_, May, 67–73, 1997. * ^ Powell, Shaun (March 29, 1999). "Executive privilege". _The Sporting News _. 223 (13): 10. ISSN 0038-805X . * ^ "Making Millions for NBA Stars: the High-Powered World of Super Agents David Falk, Curtis Polk and Mike Higgins", cigaraficionado.com. Retrieved June 22, 2007. * ^ "#20 Michael Jordan". _Forbes_, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. * ^ Davis, Adam (June 20, 2014). Michael Jordan Becomes First Billionaire NBA Player. Fox Business Network. Retrieved June 25, 2014. * ^ Ozanian, Mike (June 12, 2014). " Michael Jordan Is A Billionaire After Increasing Stake In Hornets". _Forbes_. Retrieved June 25, 2014. * ^ Spanberg, Eric (January 20, 2015). " Michael Jordan in tears as he accepts Business Person of the Year honors", _Charlotte Business Journal_. Retrieved January 21. 2015. * ^ "Michael Jordan". _Forbes_. Retrieved April 27. 2017. * ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong (March 20, 2017). "The Black Billionaires 2017". _Forbes_. Retrieved April 27, 2017. * ^ Jordan\'s Streak Crashes and Burns at Indy, National Basketball Association, December 27, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2013. * ^ Cover. _Sports Illustrated_, December 23, 1991. Retrieved May 14, 2017. * ^ " Michael Jordan to be inducted into FIBA Hall of Fame", ESPN, July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 20, 2016. * ^ Davis, Robert (March 1, 1994). "Jordan to get his own street near stadium", _ Chicago Tribune _. Retrieved November 26, 2016. * ^ "The New Top 50". _SLAM Magazine_. June 19, 2009. Archived from the original on May 15, 2013.
External video _ Discussion with Halberstam on Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made_, February 22, 1999, C-SPAN
* Condor, Bob. _Michael Jordan's 50 Greatest Games_. Carol Publishing Group, 1998. ISBN 978-0-8065-2030-8 . * Halberstam, David . _Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made_. Broadway Books, 2000. ISBN 978-0-7679-0444-5 . * Jordan, Michael. _For the Love of the Game: My Story_. New York City: Crown Publishers, 1998. ISBN 978-0-609-60206-5 . * Kruger, Mitchell. _One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback_. New York City: St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2003. ISBN 978-0-312-99223-1 . * Lazenby, Roland. _Michael Jordan: The Life_. New York City: Little, Brown and Company, 2014. ISBN 978-0-316-19477-8 . * LaFeber, Walter . _ Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism_. W. W. Norton, 2002. ISBN 978-0-393-32369-6 . * Markovits, Andrei S. and Lars Rensman. _Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture_. Princeton University Press, June 3, 2010. ISBN 978-0-691-13751-3 . * Porter, David L. _Michael Jordan: A Biography_, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007. ISBN 978-0-313-33767-3 . * Rein, Irving J.; Kotler, Philip; Shields, Ben (2006). _The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace_. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc . ISBN 978-0-07-149114-3 . * Sachare, Alex. _The Chicago Bulls Encyclopedia_. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999. ISBN 978-0-8092-2515-6 . * _ The Sporting News Official NBA Register 1994–95_. _The Sporting News_, 1994. ISBN 978-0-89204-501-3 .
* Leahy, Michael (2004), _When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan\'s Last Comeback_, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 978-0-7432-7648-1 * McGovern, Mike (2005), _Michael Jordan: basketball player_, Ferguson, ISBN 978-0-8160-5876-1
LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE (info/dl )
_ This audio file was created from a revision of the "Michael Jordan" article dated 2013-01-19, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. (Audio help ) MORE SPOKEN ARTICLES Find more aboutMICHAEL JORDANat's sister projects