JORDAN : Best known player in the history of basketball
Jordan, the best known athlete in the world, is a leading scorer in the National
Basketball Association (NBA), who led the Chicago Bulls to many recent NBA championships.
He is, by far, and will be for a time to come, the best basketball player in the
history of the game. Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Wilmington,
North Carolina. He accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of North
Carolina and as a freshman scored the winning basket in the 1982 NCAA championship
game against the Hoyas of Georgetown. Jordan was selected college player of the
year for the 1983-1984 season, and in 1984 he led the United States basketball
team to a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
left college in 1984 to play with the Bulls. He finished his first season (1984-1985)
as one of the top scorers in the league, with an average of 28.2 points per game.
He was also named rookie of the year and made the first of his nine All-Star game
appearances. Jordan finished the 1986-1987 season as the second player, after
Wilt Chamberlain, to score more than 3000 points in a single season. He led the
NBA in scoring for seven consecutive seasons (1987-1993), tying Chamberlain's
record, and averaged more than 30 points per game in each season.
also became the Bulls' all-time leading scorer and set numerous scoring records,
including most points in a playoff game (63 points against the Boston Celtics
in 1986); and highest scoring average for an NBA championship series (41 points
per game in the 1993 NBA finals). He led the Chicago Bulls to their first NBA
championship title in 1991; with Jordan, the Bulls won again in 1992 and 1993.
In addition to his three league Most Valuable Player awards (1988, 1991, 1992),
Jordan won the All-Star game MVP award twice (1988, 1996) and a record three-consecutive
NBA championship series MVP awards (1991-1993). Jordan was also a member of the
United States Olympic basketball team, known as the Dream Team, that captured
the gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
that he had lost his desire to play professional basketball, Jordan announced
his retirement prior to the 1993-1994 season. Initially noted for his scoring,
his tenacious defensive play had made him one of the greatest all-around basketball
players in NBA history. He had also become a worldwide celebrity due to his success
in the NBA and the Olympics, and his numerous commercial endorsements.
in 1994 Jordan returned to professional sports, this time as a baseball player.
He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox of the American League
(AL), reported to spring training, and was assigned to the team's minor league
system. That summer he batted .202 with the Birmingham Barons, a class AA affiliate
of the White Sox. Later in the year he batted .252 with the Scottsdale Scorpions
in the Arizona Fall League.
Jordan ended his retirement from professional basketball by rejoining the Bulls near the end of the 1994-1995 NBA regular season. In the 1995-1996 season he enjoyed another great year, leading the NBA in scoring with 30.4 points per game and being named league MVP. The Bulls also became the first NBA team to win 70 games in a season, finishing with 72 victories, and they went on to win the NBA championship title. Jordan was named MVP of the NBA finals, becoming the first player to earn the honor four times.