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Michael Jordan - Famous Basketball Player

Full Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan

Date of Birth: 17 th February, 1963

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Basketball

Achievements made:

  • Olympic achievements—
  • •  Gold medalist in the basketball competition in the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games

    •  Gold medalist in the basketball event at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games

    • NBA achievements—

    •  Chosen ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1984

    •  John R. Wooden Award in 1984

    •  Winner of Adolph Rupp Trophy in 1984

    •  Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1984

    •  Chosen NBA Rookie of the Year in 1985

    •  Selected in NBA All-Rookie Team in 1985

    •  Winner of NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Championships in 1987 and 1988

    •  Chosen NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1988

    •  Winner of ESPY Awards for Athlete of the Century, Male Athlete of the 1990s, Pro Basketball Player of the 1990s and Play of the Decade in the year 1990

    •  Awarded NBA Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998

    •  Winner of six NBA Championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998

    •  Awarded NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998

    •  Chosen the “Sportsman of the Year” by the magazine, Sports Illustrated in 1991

    •  Selected as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History” in 1996

    •  Chosen All-Star Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1996 and 1998

    Career: Michael Jordan is considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan started playing basketball during the high school days. He was named ACC Freshman of the Year. Later, he was chosen ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year in 1984. Jordan entered NBA Draft in 1984 after receiving Naismith College Player of the Year award that year. Jordan joined Chicago Bulls as the third pick in the first round. He played thirteen seasons for the Bulls. He was chosen Rookie of the Year in 1985 and defensive Player of the Year in 1988. Jordan won six NBA Championships in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998. Each time, he was awarded the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. Jordan became the League Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998. He earned the prestigious Most Valuable Player Triple Crown award in 1996 and 1998. In 1997, Jordan recorded the only triple-double in an All-Star Game. Michael Jordan announced his retirement from basketball for the first time in 1993. After retirement, he became involved in baseball. In 1995, Jordan returned to the NBA. He retired from NBA for the second time in 1999. Michael Jordan again returned to the NBA in 2000, but not as a player. He became a part owner of NBA and President of Basketball Operations for the Washing Wizards. Jordan returned as a player in the NBA in 2001, when he joined the Washing Wizards as a player. His seasons with the Washington Wizards were not so successful. Finally Jordan retired from the sport for ever in 2003.

    Jordan played twice in the Olympic champion American basketball teams. In the

    1984 Los Angeles Summer Games , as a college player, Jordan joined the national team to compete in the basketball event. In 1992 Barcelona Summer Games , he was a member of the U.S. “Dream Team”. The other legendary players included in the team were Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, John Stockton, David Robinson and Patrick Ewing.

    Performance at the Olympics: Michael Jordan represented the United States at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games . Jordan participated in the 1984 Olympics as an amateur. He became the leading scorer in the Games. Jordan had an average of 17.1 points per game. The US team won the competition undefeated with an average of 32 points winning lead per game. It was the first Olympic title in Jordan's career. In the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games , NBA professionals were given permission to participate in the competition. Jordan was selected as a member of the US “Dream Team”. In the Games, he was the second highest scorer with an average 14.9 points per game. Jordan had 37 steals during the competition, which was the highest. In the final at the 1992 Olympic competition, the U.S, team defeated Croatia with 115-87 result. With this victory, Jordan earned his second Olympic title.















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