Tomorrow the greatest basketball player in the world will turn 50 years old. Known as MJ or even just Michael, Jordan redefined the game of basketball in the late 80s and throughout the 90s.
Michael Jordan attended the University of North Carolina to play for legendary coach Dean Smith. In 1981, he became just the fourth freshman to earn a starting role under coach Smith. The Tar Heels reached the NCAA championship that year, where Jordan began his legend by knocking down the game winning jumper to defeat Georgetown 63-62 and win the national title. Jordan was national player of the year for the 1983-1984 season. In 1984, Jordan left UNC for the NBA, but not before leading the United States to an 8-0 record and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 3rd pick in the 1984 NBA draft. This would prove to be perhaps the smartest pick in NBA history, as the list of awards for Jordan is endless: Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98); 5 time MVP (1988, ’91, ’92, ’96, ’98); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); All-NBA Second Team (1985); Defensive Player of the Year (1988); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); Rookie of the Year (1985); 14-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1988, ’96, ’98); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (’96); Olympic gold medalist (1984, ’92). After retiring from the NBA in 1998, Jordan briefly returned for a 2 year stint with the Washington Wizards before retiring for good in 2003. In 13 full seasons, Jordan averaged 30 points per game for his career, including 34 points per game in the playoffs. He later went on to become part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Greatest Michael Jordan moments: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xP2X4uyx38
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