Facts of Michael Jeffrey Jordan
|Full Name:||Michael Jeffrey Jordan|
|Age:||56 years 5 months|
|Birth Date:||February 17, 1963|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States|
|Father's Name:||James Jordan|
|Mother's Name:||Deloris Jordan|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Yvette Prieto|
|Height / How tall? :||6 feet 6 inches (1.98m)|
|Net Worth:||$ 1.7 billion|
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Who does not know Michael Jordan? He is the world-renowned American professional NBA player turned businessman. He is unarguably the greatest player of all time in the history of American and world basketball game.
His play as a team member of Chicago Bulls was extraordinary. There are some really good players who have succeeded Michael Jordan such as LeBron James who might tilt the balance soon, but at least to date, Michael Jordan who holds the GOAT (Greatest of all times) title.
So what is it that makes Michael Jordan grab headlines for his wonderful performance even today? Let us find out!
Michael Jordan’s basketball career
Michael Jordan was picked up in the 1984 NBA draft even before he completed his graduation. Being selected by Chicago Bulls, he soon became a fan favorite even with the opponent teams. Just after a month of his entering professional play, his name was on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading ‘A Star is Born’. Such was the great play that he got voted an All-Star even in his rookie season. There were also some jealous senior players who were not happy with the attention showered on Michael Jordan.
However, Michael was unperturbed and continued his excellence in the regular season. He could not play in the first half of the second season due to his foot injury but managed to recover in time and gave his best for his team. He was good also in defense. In 1987-88, he won his first MVP title. Though their game and teamwork were good, Chicago could not win the first few seasons.
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In 1991, Chicago Bulls won after 16 years and Michael was named the MVP. He took his team to the NBA finals for the first time and defeated LA Lakers who had formidable players on their team. Bulls also won in 1992 and 1993. He played 15 seasons in NBA for Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. He used to entertain the crowds with his prolific play and leaping ability. He was nicknamed Air Jordan and His Airness due to it. His team also won 1996, 1997, and 1998 NBA Championships.
After a brief retirement in 1999, he returned to play for the Wizards in 2001 to 2003. He has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
His business ventures and acting career
Michael also started the Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers in 1985 and they are popular even today. He was cast as himself in 1996’s Space Jam. He became part-owner and head of basketball Operations of Charlotte Bobcats. He is the third-richest African-American personality and the first billionaire basketball player.
His personal life
Michael married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989. The couple had three children; sons Jeffrey and Marcus and daughter Jasmine. They filed for divorce in 2002 and after a brief reconciliation was finally separated in 2006. She received $ 168 million settlement amount. He had an alleged secret affair with Karla Knafel but was not the father of her child, as proven by DNA test.
He was dating Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto for a long time and proposed to her in December 2011. On 27 April 2013, the couple got married at the Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Their twin daughters, Victoria and Ysabel were born on 11 February 2014.
Michael’s early growing years
Michael was born on 17 February 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. His father, James was an equipment supervisor while his mother Deloris worked in the banking sector. When he was a toddler, his family shifted to Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the fourth of five children of his parents.
As regards his education, Michael was at Emsley A. Laney High School, Wilmington. He used to play basketball in school. He joined North Carolina University where he majored in cultural geography in 1986 after dropping out for a year or two to be with the NBA team.
Michael Jordan’s quotes
Michael is a highly talented and hard-working basketball player. He is also a successful businessman. It is his great thinking which has made him so successful. Michael Jordan states:
“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”
“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.”
These quotes and words of his shows how he values team spirit and believes in rising after a fall.