Michael Jordan: A Short Bio

 Michael Jordan: A Short Bio

Michael Jeffery Jordan is regarded as the most prestigious name in basketball. Born on

 February 17, 1963, in New York City, Jordan was responsible for making the National Basketball

 Association or the NBA famous, during the 1980s and 1990s. He is the fourth child of his

 parents, James R. Jordan, Sr. and Deloris Jordan. 

He developed his interest for basketball and baseball in Emsley A. Laney High School in

 Wilmington. Initially he was rejected because of his inadequate height. Jordan grew from 5' 11''

 to 6' 3'' in just few months with the help of intensive training to get into the basketball team. He

 got a basketball scholarship in 1981 from the University of North Carolina because of his

 impressive records in schools. In the 1982 NCAA Championship game he made the game

 winning jump shot, which he describes as the major turning point in his career as a basketball


He started his professional career in 1984 by joining NBA's Chicago Bulls. He immediately

 became a public image by his well-known scoring and leaping skills. Just after a month after his

 joining, Jordan was featured on the cover page of Sports Illustrated with the title 'A Star is

 Born'. He was nicknamed Air Jordan after his airiness when he performed the famous slam-

dunk from the foul line. He got his first NBA championship in the year 1991 and became a well-

known defensive player after that. He made a hat trick by winning the NBA championship

 consecutively three times from 1991-1993. 

In October 1993, he took a temporarily retired from basketball, to pursue his interest in baseball

 and also because he lost interest in basketball due to his father's murder the same year, to join

 back in 1995 again. He made a hat trick again by winning the NBA championships from 1196-

1998. He took a break again in 1999 to returned back again in 2001, but this time he joined the

 Washington Wizards. He played with the team till 2003. 

A day before a match against the New York Knicks, Michael Jordan was seen gambling in the

 Atlantic City. A year before, he said to have lost $ 57,000 in gambling. When asked about this on

 a television channel, he said that he would never risk his family and career to gambling. 

Jordan was part of two Olympic gold medal winning American basketball teams. His team won

 the first gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics and the second one was in the 1992 Summer

 Olympic games. He set a record in NBA by making the highest career regular season scoring

 average of 30.1 points per game. 

On a lighter note, Michael Jordan was a hot name in the world of advertisement. Some of the

 brands, which used his name, are Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Chevrolet, Gatorade, Hanes, Ball

 Park Franks, etc. Nike made a signature for Jordan named the Air Jordan. He was shown in the

 Looney Tones Cartoon, which also made him appear in the feature film "Space Jam" in 1996.

 The name Air Jordan itself became a great marketing tool. The television ratings increased

 rapidly when his match was aired and every time he left the team, it would automatically lower.   

His third retirement was the final retirement after which he played golf in various charity

 tournaments. He even started his line of clothing named after him. He was made the managing

 member of Basketball operations of the Charlotte Bobcats in June 2005 and is still working with

 them till the current date. He has two sons, Jeffery Michael and Marcus James, and one

 daughter, Jasmine, from his marriage to Juanita Vanoy. 

His individual achievements are fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, ten All-NBA First

 Team Designations, ten scoring titles, nine All-Defensive First Team Honors, five NBA Most

 Valuable Player Awards, three stealing titles, and the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in

 1988. ESPN named him the Greatest North America Athlete of the 20th century in 1999.

Jordan is one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.