Michael Jordan

Professional National Basketball Association player and businessman Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is a retired American professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.
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Be like Michael Jordan? Not at Air Force Academy
Fox News - 9 days
Back in the 1990s, it seemed that almost everyone wanted to be like Michael Jordan. But apparently those days are over.
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GQ's Outgoing Creative Director on Michael Jordan, Pleated Pants and Lessons from a 38-Year Career
Wall Street Journal - 27 days
As Jim Moore takes a step back from his longstanding role at the men’s fashion monthly, he reflects on all the trends and characters he encountered along the way.
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Alabama's defense stars in showcase game for Collin Sexton and Trae Young - AL.com
Google News - 29 days
AL.com Alabama's defense stars in showcase game for Collin Sexton and Trae Young AL.com When basketball players were in college during the Michael Jordan Era, guards and wings trying to emulate the superstar would drive through the lane with their tongues hanging out. Acrobatic layups were the coveted ESPN highlights of the day. Isolation ... Trae Young kept in check as Alabama and Collin Sexton shineESPN (blog) Guy, Jerome lead No. 2 Virginia past No. 4 Duke, 65-63FOXSports.com Collin Sexton, Alabama Show CBB How to Slow Down Trae Young ShowBleacher Report Yahoo Sports -CBSSports.com -Dothan Eagle -Montgomery Advertiser all 109 news articles »
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The View From Pluto: LeBron James Could Become The 'Accidental' All-Time Leading Scorer
NPR - about 1 month
Cavs’ star LeBron James is on pace to hit a milestone this weekend. He’s closing in on becoming just the seventh player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points. But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says scoring the most points has never been James' goal. James is 41 points away from hitting 30,000 career points. He'll then be just 802 points behind Dirk Nowitzki to take over the No. 6 spot on the all-time scoring list. And Pluto says it's possible James could eventually surpass No. 1 on that list -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar . "Abdul-Jabbar had 38,000 points and played until he was 41. LeBron's in his 15th season and basically gets about 2,000 points a season. He could pass Abdul-Jabbar by the time he's 37. Next on the list is Karl Malone, then Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain. He'll blow past them in about a year and a half." Pluto says one reason why he's confident James will accomplish the feat is that he's never seriously injured. The accidental leading scorer Pluto
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'It's surreal, to be honest,' Stephen Curry says of President Trump uninviting Warriors to the White House - Washington Post
Google News - 5 months
Washington Post 'It's surreal, to be honest,' Stephen Curry says of President Trump uninviting Warriors to the White House Washington Post OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry went to bed Friday night thinking he and the rest of the Golden State Warriors would convene Saturday for their first day of practice to decide whether they would be making the NBA champions' traditional White House ... Stephen Curry, on a 'Surreal Day,' Confronts a Presidential SnubNew York Times Trump comments on Curry, NFL protests anger athletesSan Francisco Chronicle LeBron James Is Better Than Michael Jordan After Calling Trump A Bum, Twitter Users SayNewsweek The Sydney Morning Herald -Fox News -ESPN -Twitter all 604 news articles »
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Not a Single W.N.B.A. Star Has a Shoe Line to Call Her Own
NYTimes - 6 months
Footwear gender equity remains stuck in the past with models from male stars, like Michael Jordan, dominating the market for women’s basketball shoes.
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Michael Jordan has stake in group buying Miami Marlins: report
Chicago Times - 7 months
A person familiar with the situation says NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has a small stake in Derek Jeter's investment group that reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed Jordan's role to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the parties involved...
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Jordan: Kawhi is 'best two-way player in the game'
Fox News - 7 months
Michael Jordan weighed in on "The Kawhi Question"
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Michael Jordan incorrectly thinks Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James - Yahoo Sports
Google News - 7 months
Yahoo Sports Michael Jordan incorrectly thinks Kobe Bryant is better than LeBron James Yahoo Sports LeBron James is ahead of Kobe Bryant in everything except rings and this picture. (AP). More. Much of the discussion entering the NBA Finals centered around whether LeBron James had closed the “greatest of all-time” gap on Michael Jordan, but that ... Lakers Rumors: Latest on Possible Jordan Clarkson Trade, Recent Signings, MoreBleacher Report Michael Jordan: Kobe Bryant still ahead of LeBron James on NBA's all-time listCBSSports.com Michael Jordan: LeBron James still ranks behind Kobe Bryant on best-of-all-time listcleveland.com NBA.com (blog) -Silver Screen and Roll -New York Daily News -Lakers Nation all 142 news articles »
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Ferris Bueller's daily grind: how poverty in Chicago went suburban
Guardian (UK) - 8 months
On the surface, Lake County, Illinois – the setting for John Hughes’ 1980s films of affluent suburban angst – is all detached houses, swimming pools and malls. Hidden from view, though, is the growing need Lake County, Illinois – one of the wealthiest counties in the United States – conforms to many popular conceptions of the American suburban ideal. Set beside Lake Michigan north of the city of Chicago, Lake County abounds with large single-family homes built mostly since 1970. Parks, swimming pools and recreational spaces dot the landscape. Commuter trains and toll roads ferry workers into Chicago, and back again. Residents are highly reliant on cars for local trips to work, school or child care stops, and to strip malls containing familiar chain stores and restaurants. Officeplexes, megachurches and well-equipped modern school buildings can be found across the county. In more exclusive residential areas, one can glimpse mansions inhabited at various points in time by iconic Chic...
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NBA Draft Day – The Impossible Dream To Beat The Golden State Warriors?
NPR - 8 months
The Golden State Warriors are the new Michael Jordan, and 29 other NBA teams will do what they can – draft, trade, buy, sell – to pull closer to the champions. (Image credit: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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How Fatherhood Completely Changed These 6 Celebrity Dads
Huffington Post - 8 months
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Have LeBron's NBA Finals opponents been better than MJ's?
ABC News - 9 months
Michael Jordan went 6-0 in the NBA Finals and won Finals MVP every time. It's on the short list of most unassailable accomplishments across all of sports. Eavesdrop on any MJ vs LeBron James debate in America, and Finals record will be among the very first things discussed. But LeBron's 3-4 record needs extra context, especially if he drops to 3-5 after one more loss to this powerhouse Golden State Warriors squad. As one of the greatest teams in NBA history by most metrics, these Warriors look like the toughest competition James has faced in his eight trips.? So, how do MJ's six Finals opponents compare? Who has had the tougher overall challenge -- and by how much? Let's rank the opposing teams historically to find out. Comparing the opponents For the purposes of this exercise, we'll use FiveThirtyEights ELO ratings, which measures teams across all eras ( full explainer...
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Michael Jordan vs LeBron James: How can you choose a winner?
Chicago Times - 9 months
Here's a hot take: Why does either Michael Jordan's or LeBron James' greatness need to be better than the other? Why can't both be savored and appreciated? James' sustained brilliance has led the Cavaliers to their third straight NBA Finals against the Warriors, who added Kevin Durant in the offseason....
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A Tribute To Frank Deford
Huffington Post - 9 months
I met Frank Deford in 1958, some 59 years ago, when we were both “heeling” for the Daily Princetonian. I guess we were competitors then, but I never felt a sense of rivalry. As writers, we played in different leagues, but became fast friends. His original by-line on the “Prince” was “By B. Frank Deford” as his given name was Benjamin Franklin Deford III. With maturity, he soon dropped the “B.” Tall and wiry, he had played basketball at Gilman School in Baltimore, and was trying out for the freshman basketball team. I don’t remember that he made it, but basketball and competitive sports became his consuming passion. Frank had a gift. He had a feeling for people in whom he had a deep interest. He also understood what might interest them. His writing style was unique and original as was he. He wrote as he spoke, with the trace of a Southern twang, and in his writing, fifty-cent words were fluidly strung together to make million dollar sentences. Frank became chairman of the “P...
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Greater Than Michael Jordan? LeBron James Says It Doesn’t Matter
NYTimes - 9 months
James, the Cavaliers star, says that trying to pass Jordan, the Bulls legend, in titles, points or Most Valuable Player Awards is merely motivation.
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Michael Jordan shares a special tribute to Derek Jeter before jersey retirement
Fox News - 10 months
From one legend to another
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ESPN Reporters Say They're Not Going To 'Stick To Sports'
Huffington Post - 10 months
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Jordan
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 52
    Jordan is the second-richest African-American in the world as of 2015.
    As of November 2015, his current net worth is estimated at $1.1 billion by Forbes.
    On January 20, 2015, Jordan was honored with the Charlotte Business Journals Business Person of the Year for 2014.
    In 2015, as a result of the increase in value of NBA franchises, Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history and the world's second-richest African-American.
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    He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
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  • 2014
    Age 51
    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%.
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 48
    He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas Eve, 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.
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  • 2010
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 46
    He began attending UCF in the fall of 2009, and played three seasons of basketball for the school.
    Marcus transferred to Whitney Young High School after his sophomore year at Loyola Academy and graduated in 2009.
    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.
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    In August 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, opened a Michael Jordan exhibit containing items from his college and NBA careers, as well as from the 1992 "Dream Team".
  • 2006
    Age 43
    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.
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    On June 15, 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming the team's second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. Johnson.
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    Jordan and his then-wife Juanita pledged $5 million to Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School in 2006, and the Jordan Brand has made donations to Habitat for Humanity and a Louisiana branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 40
    On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as Washington's President of Basketball Operations.
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    Jordan's final NBA game was on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia.
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    At the 2003 All-Star Game, Jordan was offered a starting spot from Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson, but refused both.
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    The Miami Heat retired the number 23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan never played for the team.
  • 2002
    Age 39
    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".
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    With the recognition that 2002–03 would be Jordan's final season, tributes were paid to him throughout the NBA.
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  • 2001
    Age 38
    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.
    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).
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 2000
    Age 37
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 34
    Jordan and the Bulls compiled a 62–20 record in the 1997–98 season.
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    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.
  • 1996
    Age 33
    After Jordan received word of his being accepted into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson to present him.
  • 1995
    Age 32
    Freshly motivated by the playoff defeat, Jordan trained aggressively for the 1995–96 season.
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    Although he had not played an NBA game in a year and a half, Jordan played well upon his return, making a game-winning jump shot against Atlanta in his fourth game back. He then scored 55 points in the next game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 1995.
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    On March 18, 1995, Jordan announced his return to the NBA through a two-word press release: "I'm back."
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    In March 1995, Jordan decided to quit baseball due to the ongoing Major League Baseball strike, as he wanted to avoid becoming a potential replacement player.
  • 1994
    Age 31
    On November 1, 1994, his number 23 was retired by the Bulls in a ceremony that included the erection of a permanent sculpture known as The Spirit outside the new United Center. In the 1993–94 season, the Bulls, without Jordan, achieved a 55–27 record, and lost to the New York Knicks in the second round of the playoffs. But the 1994–95 Bulls were a shell of the championship team of just two years earlier.
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    He also appeared for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the 1994 Arizona Fall League, batting .252 against the top prospects in baseball.
    In 1994, Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons, a Double-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, batting .202 with three home runs, 51 runs batted in, 30 stolen bases, 114 strikeouts, 51 base on balls, and 11 errors.
    He reported to spring training in Sarasota, Florida, and was assigned to the team's minor league system on March 31, 1994.
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    Jordan then further surprised the sports world by signing a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox on February 7, 1994.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1993
    Age 30
    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.
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    On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game.
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    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.
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    Coincidentally, Jordan and the Bulls met Barkley and his Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals.
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  • 1992
    Age 29
    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.
  • 1991
    Age 28
    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.
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    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".
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  • 1990
    Age 27
    In the 1990–91 season, Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6. rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season.
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  • 1989
    Age 26
    He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine.
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 25
    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).
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  • 1987
    Age 24
    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.
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    Jordan led the league in scoring again in the 1987–88 season, averaging 35. ppg on 53.5% shooting and won his first league MVP Award.
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  • 1986
    Age 23
    Jordan had recovered completely by the 1986–87 season, and had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history.
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  • 1985
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 21
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 19
    He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing.
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    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.
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  • 1981
    Age 18
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 0
    Born on February 17, 1963.
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