Tomás Elías González Benítez

North American basketball player considered the best in the history of this sport. At 1.98 meters tall, Michael Jordan was a tenacious defender, an excellent scorer and a quick and imaginative passer; but even more striking was his extraordinary ability to jump and the acrobatic maneuvers he used to dodge the rival defense and reach the basket. Many compare LeBron James, although their rivalry has been seen many times, it is a compliment to the current NBA star . Let’s learn about the history of this NBA legend.

The beginning

Michael Jordan, entirely Michael Jeffrey Jordan, named Air Jordan, (born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA), American college and professional basketball player widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of the game. He led the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) championships (1991–93, 1996–98).

Best College Player

Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, and entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. As a freshman, he made the winning basket against Georgetown in the 1982 national championship game. Jordan was named a College Player. of the Year in his sophomore and junior year, leaving North Carolina after his junior year. He led the United States basketball team to Olympic gold medals in 1984 in Los Angeles and in 1992 in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Bulls

In 1984 Jordan was selected by the Chicago Bulls. In his first season (1984–85) as a professional, he led the league in scoring and was named Rookie of the Year; After missing most of the following season with a broken foot, he again led the NBA in scoring for seven consecutive seasons, averaging 33 points per game. He was only the second player (after Wilt Chamberlain) to score 3,000 points in a single season (1986-1987). Jordan was named NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) five times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998) and was also named Defensive Player of the Year in 1988. In October 1993, after leading the Bulls to their third consecutive championship, Jordan briefly retired and pursued a career in professional baseball. He returned to basketball in March 1995. In the 1995–96 season,Jordan led the Bulls to a regular season record of 72–10, the best in NBA history (surpassed in 2015–16 by the Golden State Warriors). From 1996 to 1998, the Jordan-led Bulls again won three championships in a row, with each time Jordan was named the NBA Finals MVP. After the 1997–98 season, Jordan retired again.

Always In The Sports Environment

Jordan stayed close to the sport, buying a stake in the Washington Wizards in January 2000. He was also named the club’s president of basketball operations. However, managing rosters and salary caps was not enough for Jordan, and in September 2001 he resigned from his ownership and management positions with the Wizards in order to be a player on the team. His second return to the NBA was greeted with enthusiasm by the league, which had seen a decline in attendance and television viewership since his 1998 retirement. Following the 2002-03 season, Jordan announced his permanent retirement. He finished his career with 32,292 total points and an average of 30.12 points per game, which was the best in league history, as well as with 2,514 steals, the second most in history. In 2006,Jordan became a minority owner and NBA general manager Charlotte Bobcats (now known as Charlotte Hornets). He bought a majority stake in the team in 2010 and became the first former NBA player to become a majority owner of one of the league’s franchises.

Hall of Fame

During his playing career, Jordan, a 1.98-meter guard, was an exceptionally talented thrower and passer and a tenacious defender. It earned the nickname “Air Jordan” due to its extraordinary jumping ability and acrobatic maneuvers, and its popularity reached heights few athletes (or celebrities of any kind) have known. He racked up millions of dollars in endorsements, mostly for his Air Jordan basketball shoes . He also made a successful film, Space Jam (1996), in which he starred with the animated characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. In 1996, the NBA named him one of the 50 Greatest Players of All Time, and in 2009 he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

January 25, 2021

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