The man who made basketball a lovely pastime of the ’80s and ’90s kids, Michael Jordan remains a legend to date. Unbeatable, impressive, a hulk, Michael Jordan has set the standards for American Basketball.
With his trademark, Nike’s Air Jordan to jersey number 23, almost every kid at some point had idolized this living legend. Favorably called Air Jordan, The Goat, the African American had an older brother who played basketball before him. His name is Larry but this is not about Larry.
However, this is about the Great Michael Jordan.
Michael Jordan, the fourth of five children, (as in the ways of younger siblings) idolized Larry and worshiped his father. James Jordan had taught his boys baseball first, and possibly to take them off the streets, he built a basketball court.
Ball in hand, the court set, the boys were good to go and at their free times, the court was utilized. MJ (as he is so nicknamed), was a part of that team, bonding with family.
Intentionally, Michael would join the Emsley Laney High School team and qualify for an athletic scholarship in Duke, Syracuse, South, and North Carolina. For reasons best known to him, Michael will choose to play for the University of North Carolina.
Disqualified from the making the basketball team, the teen will become qualified at the resumption of the school year. By 1984, Jordan would be drafted into the Chicago Bulls being the third pick after Hakeem Olajuwon.
Michael Jordan’s Awesome Stats
Mamadou Ndiaye stands as the record beater for an impressive wingspan of 8.1 feet, Michael Jordan comes after. He holds the record for a 6.9 feet, weighs 97kg, 36 waists and a 36 hip body measurement. His large frame fits into a dress size of 13(USA), 46(EU), and 12.5 (UK). He is six feet five inches tall, a shoe size of 13 and a hands length of 75 inches.
Marriage and Relationships
Asked about marriage, he sure won’t give you a favorable answer. And this comes strange simply because he had a stable family. Twice married now and twice-divorced first to Juanita Vanoy (1989) and the Yvette Prietto (2013), he has had numerous sex affairs. Juanita bore for him Marcus Jeffery and Jasmine while Yvette bore his twin girls Victoria and Ysabel.
Michael Jordan owns seven restaurants, a car dealership, and a motorcycle racing team sometime in 2004. MJ too has an 80% stake in the Charlotte Hornets (formerly Bobcats) which is now valued at $1.05 billion.
He has too brand endorsements with Coca-Cola, Deck, Gatorade, Chevrolet, and the Nike royalties from his sneakers and jersey line. He has also held the Wheaties and McDonald’s Brand endorsements. Moreover, he is the first player to receive multi-million dollar endorsements. His net worth is $2.1 billion
Awards and Achievements
The legend has a lot of plaques to show for his performance. Outlined below is a timeline of Michael Jordan’s Achievement:
Now thrice retired now with the last retirement being in 2003, Michael Jordan still holds the highest scoring average of 30.1 PPG
Michael Jordan is born in February 1963 to James and Dolores Jordan in Brooklyn, he was raised in Wilmington North Carolina. His father was a Maintenance Supervisor with General Electric and His mother is a Bank Teller and a notable author.
He attended High School and subsequently obtained a college admission into the University of North Carolina to study Cultural Geography. Much later, he graduated from college in 1986.
The world thought it had seen enough of the American Basketball drama until Michael showed up. Known for the competitive spirit, the Aquarius born basketball player knows just how to convert a ‘No’ into a winning streak. Being rejected once made luck to shine on him as he would be accepted because of his newly acquired height.
His zeal for the game will rub off on his two sons; Jeffery and Marcus who sadly would always live in the shadows of their father and this is understandable, as both sons would subsequently divert to other professions.
“The Last Dance” is a documentary replaying how Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls into success in 1997-1998.