"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
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–