Michael Jordan is arguably the greatest basketball player to have ever played the game. The Michael Jordan biography begins with his birth on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, before being raised in the sleepy town of Wilmington, North Carolina.
Highschool. Many people do not know that the ‘greatest player the world has ever known was cut from his high school basketball team his sophomore year for being undersized. Disappointed but not deterred, he had a growth spurt, grew four-inches, and came back to make the Varsity team his junior year. By his senior year, Michael Jordan was a McDonald's All-American.
UNC. Michael Jordan entered the University of North Carolina in 1982, and was the ACC Freshman Player of the year. He went on to score the game winning shot of the NCAA tournament in 1982 against the Georgetown Hoyas. During his junior year at UNC, Jordan was awarded the Dean Smith College Player of the Year and NCAA College Player of the year. He was later drafted as the third-overall pick in 1984 by the Chicago Bulls.
Olympics. Before Jordan's rookie season with the Bulls, he played for the 1984 Olympic team comprised of all amateurs and helped them to win the gold medal. Michael Jordan won Rookie of the Year and went on to become one of the most prolific players in basketball history. He seemed to defy gravity when he took off from the free-throw line to make amazing dunks, and was given the nickname "Air Jordan.”
Awards. During Jordan's years as point guard for the Bulls, he racked up dozens of awards and accolades. He continued to dazzle fans and spectators with his great skill level. It was during the 1991-1992 season that Jordan, under the leadership of Phil Jackson, took the Bulls for the first time ever to the NBA Championship. They ultimately defeated the L.A. Lakers. The Bulls continued to win championships under Jordan's leadership. Michael Jordan went on to be the team captain for the 1992 Olympic team, where the Dream Team won the gold medal with ease. They won three consecutive gold medals, and Phil Jackson coined the term three-peat as a result.
Retirement. Michael Jordan, after the devastating loss of his father, retired from the NBA in 1993.According to NBA.com, he played semi-pro baseball while retired from basketball but returned to the basketball court in 1995. He and the Bulls won three more championships. He ultimately retired after the 1997-1998 season. He came back to play for the Washington Wizards in 2001, and played for two additional years, until he ultimately retired in 2003.
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