Michael Jeffrey Jordan born February 17,also known by his initials, MJ is an American former professional basketball player. His biography on the official NBA website states: As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in Jordan joined the Bulls in as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star and entertained crowds with his prolific scoring.
His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contestsearned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players Mature jordan basketball. Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the —94 NBA seasonand started a new career in Minor League Baseballhe returned to the Bulls in March and led them to three additional championships in, andas well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the —96 NBA season.
Jordan retired for a second time in Januarybut returned for two more NBA seasons from to as a member of the Wizards. He holds the Mature jordan records for highest career regular season scoring average Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famehaving been enshrined in for his individual career, and again in as part of the group induction of the United States men's Olympic basketball team "The Dream Team".
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in and remain popular today. Inhe became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats; he bought a controlling interest in InJordan became the first billionaire player Mature jordan NBA history. He Mature jordan the third-richest African-American, behind Robert F. Smith and Oprah Winfrey.
His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolinawhen he was a toddler. Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R.
Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High Mature jordan in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by Mature jordan basketball, baseball, and football. He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore yearbut at 5'11" 1. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smithwas the only sophomore to make the team. Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity teamand tallied several point games.
Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play. Jordan was recruited by numerous college Mature jordan programs, including DukeNorth CarolinaSouth CarolinaSyracuseand Virginia. One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center.
During his rookie season with the Bulls, Jordan averaged Jordan's second season was cut short when he broke his foot in the third game of the year, causing him to miss 64 games. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. Against a —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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Jordan had completely recovered in time for the —87 season and he had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history. He became the only Mature jordan other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3, points in a season, averaging a league high The Bulls reached 40 wins,  and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
However, they were again swept by the Celtics. Jordan again led the league in scoring during the —88 seasonaveraging He was also named the Mature jordan Player of the Yearas he had averaged 1. In the —89 seasonJordan again led the league in scoring, averaging The Cavaliers series included a career highlight for Jordan when he hit The Shot over Craig Ehlo at Mature jordan buzzer in the fifth and final game of the series. The Bulls entered the —90 season as a team on the rise, with their core group of Jordan and young improving players like Scottie Pippen and Mature jordan Grantand under the guidance of new coach Phil Jackson.
Jordan averaged a league leading However, despite pushing the series to seven games, the Bulls lost to the Pistons for the third consecutive season. In the —91 seasonJordan won his second MVP award after averaging The Bulls defeated the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening two rounds of the playoffs.
They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where their rival, the Detroit Pistonsawaited them. However, this time the Mature jordan beat the Pistons in a four-game sweep.