Michael Jordan

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Michael JordanMichael Jordan is a professional basketball player that plays the position of a guard on the court. Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963. His parents, James and Delores Jordan, moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was still a toddler. Jordan has two older brothers, one older sister, and one younger sister. He is six feet six inches tall and weighs 216 pounds. He went to Laney H.S. in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan has been playing in the NBA for 14 years and was selected by Chicago in the first round (third overall) of the 1984 NBA Draft.

Jordan loved to play baseball when he was a child, and also played some basketball and football. His love for basketball began when his older brother, Larry, continuously beat him in one-on-one pickup games. As with any challenge Jordan faces, this determined Michael to become a better player.

Jordan played basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ironically, Jordan was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore. Instead of giving up after failing to make the team, Jordan used it to spur himself to greater achievements, practicing hour after hour on the court. "Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I'd close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it," Jordan said, "and that usually got me going again." He eventually made the team and led it to the state championship.

Michael Jordan doesn't make all of his money just from playing for his basketball team. He has many corporate involvements, as well as many sponsors, and endorsements. The companies he is involved with are Electric Arts, Gatorade, Hidden Beach Records, MCI WorldCom, Michael Jordan Automotive Group, Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, Michael Jordan Flight School, NBA Videos, JORDAN Brand, JORDAN Cologne, Oakley, Sara Lee Corporation, SportsLine, The Upper Deck Company, and Wilson Sporting Goods.

Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, Jordan's ever-growing popularity began when he scored the game-winning basket in the 1982 NCAA championship game against the Georgetown Hoyas. Jordan was selected college player of the year in the 1983-84 season, and led the US Men's Basketball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics under coach Bobby Knight.

Jordan also has many career highlights. He is a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player (1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, and 1997-98). He is a ten-time All-NBA First Team selection (1986-87 to 1992-93, 1995-96 to 1997-98). He was selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History". He was a member of six Chicago Bulls NBA championship teams (1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98). He was also a six-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He was the 1987-88 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and record nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team selection (1987-88 to 1992-93, 1995-96 to 1997-98). Entering 2002-03, ranked first in NBA history in scoring average (31.0 ppg), second in steals (2,391), fourth in points (30,652) and in field-goals made (11,513), fifth in free-throws made (7,061), sixth in field-goals attempted (23,010) and eighth in free-throws attempted (8,448).