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"I played it to the best that I could play it. I tried to enhance the game itself. I tried to be the best basketball player I could be."

— Michael Jordan

Chicago Bulls jersey, 1996
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Jordan wore this jersey during the 1996-97 season playoffs. In that season, Jordan started all 82 games and was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. He scored his 25,000th career point and led the Chicago Bulls to the 1997 NBA Playoffs. The Bulls won the NBA Finals, and Jordan received his fourth championship ring and the Finals' MVP.

— Gift of the Chicago Bulls Basketball Team


Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar

Michael Jordan, among the greatest basketball players of all time, transcended his sport. His extraordinary career mirrored the increasingly commercial and global nature of sports, a tide he rode to international superstardom. Jordan rose to be the highest-paid and most-recognized athlete in sports history.

After Jordan led the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team to gold, the young phenom was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. During his 13 seasons in Chicago, Jordan propelled the Bulls to six NBA Championships and was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player five times.

Jordan's dominating performances, good looks, and healthy image attracted numerous product endorsements. Nike created a signature line of Jordan clothing and sneakers, earning him millions of dollars in royalties and boosting his visibility worldwide.

In 1993, Jordan retired from basketball and attempted a professional baseball career. He returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995 and sparked an amazing back-to-back-to-back NBA Championship campaign from 1996 to 1998.

Jordan retired again in 1999, but returned to play with the Washington (DC) Wizards for two seasons, finally ending his playing career in 2003.

Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Born: Brooklyn, New York, 1963–
  • Gold Medalist, basketball, Barcelona Olympics, 1992
  • Gold Medalist, basketball, Los Angeles Olympics, 1984
  • Six-time NBA Champion
  • 32,292 points, 5,633 assists, 6,672 rebounds, 2,514 steals
  • NBA Rookie of the Year, 1985
  • Established the James R. Jordan Boys & Girls Club and Family Life Center in honor of his father.
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