Ten fun facts about Michael Jordan
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Jordan’s biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."
Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.
Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1980s and 1990s.
He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.Fact 5
He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, shown by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness".Fact 6
Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal-winning American basketball teams.Fact 7
Many of Jordan's contemporaries label him as the greatest basketball player of all time.Fact 8
An ESPN survey of journalists, athletes and other sports figures ranked Jordan the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century, above icons such as Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.Fact 9
He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.Fact 10
Jordan also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan retired abruptly from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. Go to more people facts ❯
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