Michael Jordan


January 24, 2022

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials MJ (pronounced: [ˈmɑɪ̯k (ə) l ˈdʒefri ˈdʒoːd (ə) n]; New York, February 17, 1963), is a former American basketball player and former baseball player and major shareholder and president of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team. Nicknamed the Air Jordan and His Airness for his athletic and technical qualities, he was elected in 1999 "the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century" by the ESPN sports television channel. The fame he gained on the court made him a sports icon, to the point of pushing Nike to dedicate to him a line of basketball shoes called Air Jordan, introduced in 1984. He played for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , where he led the team to victory in the NCAA National Championship in 1982. He was then chosen third in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and quickly became one of the stars of the league, helping to spread the NBA globally in the 1980s and '90. In 1991 he won his first NBA title with the Bulls, then repeated with two more successes in 1992 and 1993, winning a three-peat, after which he retired to pursue a career in baseball. He returned to the Bulls in 1995 and led them to another three-peat victory (1996, 1997 and 1998). He retired a second time in 1999, then returned as a member of the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003, and then retired for good. Individual honors include six Finals MVPs, ten Top Scorer titles (both records), five Regular Season MVPs, ten All-NBA First Team and nine All-Defensive First Team selections, fourteen NBA appearances All-Star Game, three All-Star Game MVPs, and an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds NBA records for the highest point average in regular season history (30.12 points per game) and in playoff history (33.45 points per game) .He was inducted twice into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: in 2009 for his individual career and in 2010 as a member of the Dream Team. He became a member of the FIBA ​​Hall of Fame in 2015. On November 22, 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, by US President Barack Obama.



Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, where his parents Deloris, a bank employee, and James R. Jordan Sr., a mechanic at a power plant, had just moved. Fourth of five children, he has two brothers (James R. Jordan Jr. and Larry) and two sisters (Deloris, known as Sys and Roslyn, one year younger, but who will graduate with him and will attend NCU with him). Shortly after Michael's birth, the family moved again, this time to Wilmington, North Carolina. His parents had a different approach to him: while his mother was protective of him, his father was harder on him as he never missed an opportunity to taunt him and complain about him; this attitude on the part of his father, as Michael himself recognized years later, helped fuel his determination to constantly improve him. On September 2, 1989 he married Juanita Vanoy, who was four years older than him. They had three children: Jeffrey (born in 1988 prior to marriage, and who played basketball in the NCAA from 2007 to 2012, but not among the pros after being undrafted in 2012), Marcus (born in 1990, he also played basketball in the NCAA from 2009 to 2012 and remained undrafted in 2013) and Jasmine (born 1992). In 2006 the couple got a divorce. On April 27, 2013 he married Cuban model Yvette Prieto, 15 years her junior. In 2014 the couple had twins named Victoria and Ysabel.


On May 27, 1993, in the period in which he was playing the confere finals

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