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Who is Michael Jordan?

Michael Jordan is an American former professional NBA basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, billionaire businessperson, majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, co-creator of Jordan Brand, product spokesperson and philanthropist. He is the second African American majority owner of a professional sports team and is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player ever.
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How old is Michael Jordan?

Jordan is 57 years old. He was born on February 17, 1963.
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Where was Michael Jordan born?

Jordan was born at Cumberland Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in Brooklyn for the first 18 months of his life.

Where did Michael Jordan grow up?

Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, moving there with his family from Brooklyn, New York. He spent the entirety of his youth in Wilmington and attended Emsley A. Laney High School, where he played high school basketball for the Buccaneers ("Bucs"). Jordan spent his freshman and sophmore years on the junior varsity team and remaining two years on the varsity team. He was famously cut from making the varsity team for his sophmore year and credits that disappointment as being a highly motivating event in his life.

How tall is Michael Jordan?

Jordan is 6'6" tall (six feet six inches; 78 inches; 198cm).
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When was Michael Jordan drafted by the Chicago Bulls?

The Chicago Bulls drafted Jordan as the third selection in the 1984 NBA draft.
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Which NBA teams did Michael Jordan play for?

Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls from the 1984-85 season through 1992-93 and then again from 1994-95 through 1997-98, for a total of 13 seasons and 1,109 games with the Bulls (930 regular season games, 179 playoff games). He played for the Washington Wizards during the 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons, for a total of 142 games.
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How many NBA championships did Michael Jordan win?

Jordan won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls, for the seasons 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98. The six championship years are made all the more remarkable for their two separate three-peats, in which the Bulls won back-to-back-to-back championships on two occasions. Jordan's Chicago Bulls teams never lost an NBA finals series, winning all six they participated in.

What were Michael Jordan's career NBA stats?

Across his regular season NBA career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game, 38.3 minutes played per game, 49.7% shooting from the field, 32.7% shooting from the three point line, 83.5% from the free throw line, 6.2 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game, 2.3 steals per game, 0.8 blocks per game, 2.7 turnovers per game and 2.6 personal fouls per game.

Jordan's 32,292 career regular season points is fifth most in NBA history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.

How many scoring titles did Michael Jordan win?

Jordan holds the record for the most season scoring titles for an NBA career, with ten. The next closest player - Wilt Chamberlain - managed seven scoring titles. Jordan and Chamberlain are tied for the most consecutive scoring titles with seven.

What NBA records does Michael Jordan hold?

Jordan still holds several prominent NBA records:

- Highest points per game average for a career (30.1).
- Highest points per game average for a playoff series (45.2).
- Highest points per game average for an NBA finals (41).
- Most regular season games scoring 10 or more points (866).
- Most games scoring 30 or more points (563).
- Most points in a playoff game (63).
- Most playoff games with 50 or more points (eight); most playoff games with 40 or more points (38); most playoffs games with 30 or more points (109).
- Most NBA finals MVP awards (six).

Why did Michael Jordan retire from basketball in 1993?

On July 23, 1993 Michael Jordan's father, James R. Jordan Sr., was shot and killed by Daniel Green and Larry Demery as Jordan Sr. slept in his car. Jordan Sr. had pulled over to take a nap. It was reported that Green and Demery murdered him to steal his vehicle.

After winning his third NBA championship the prior year, the death of his father altered Jordan's thinking. He is quoted as saying "the desire is just not there any more" to continue playing basketball. His father had wanted him to try playing professional baseball. Jordan also said he sought to spend more time with his family.

Why did Michael Jordan play for the Washington Wizards?

Jordan had retired from the Chicago Bulls after the 1998 season. In 2000 he acquired a small ownership stake in the Wizards and became their president of basketball operations. On September 25, 2001 he announced his return to playing in the NBA, for the Wizards.

While noting he still loved playing the game and had an "itch that still needs to be scratched," Jordan is quoted as saying he returned to the game to help teach the Wizards players, and that there was no better way to do that than to be on the court with them. Mario Lemieux's return to the NHL also had an influence on his decision.

What were Michael Jordan's nicknames as a basketball player?

By far Jordan's most common moniker is "Air Jordan." It originated in 1984 from his Nike shoes of the same name, and more generally from his style of play, prodigious leaping ability and tendency to dunk the ball.

He is also often known simply as MJ.

Where did Michael Jordan go to college?

Jordan played college basketball for three years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the UNC Tar Heels) from 1981 to 1984, under legendary coach Dean Smith. His team's win-loss record over those three years was 88 and 13 (an 87% winning percentage). He averaged 17.7 points per game, 5 rebounds per game, with a 54% shooting percentage.

During his 1981-1982 freshman season, North Carolina won the men's NCAA national championship in a game vs Georgetown, 63-62, on a game-winning shot by Jordan with 15 seconds remaining.

How many Olympic teams did Michael Jordan play for?

Playing for USA Basketball, Jordan participated in the Olympics on two occasions. He won two gold medals, including at the 1984 Los Angeles games and 1992 Barcelona games. During the 1984 games Jordan was not yet a professional athlete. In 1992 he was a member of the Dream Team, a collection of the best basketball players from the United States and considered the greatest basketball team ever assembled. 1992 was the first time the United States sent professional basketball players to the Olympics.

Jordan averaged 17.1 points per game in 1984 and 14.9 points per game in 1992.

When was Michael Jordan inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame?

Jordan was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame with the class of 2009.

The class also included inductees David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, John Stockton and C. Vivian Stringer.

What team did Michael Jordan play baseball for?

Jordan played baseball for the Birmingham Barons during the 1994 season, wearing jersey #45. The Barons play in the Southern League and are a Double-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox. The White Sox signed Jordan as a free agent on February 7, 1994.

He batted .202 in 436 at-bats across 127 games, with 3 homeruns, 46 runs, 54 RBIs, 51 walks, 114 strikeouts and 30 stolen bases in one season with the Barons.

Jordan retired from baseball on March 10, 1995.

When did Michael Jordan sign with Nike?

Jordan signed with Nike in 1984, in a deal that included $500,000 per year in cash for five years along with Nike stock options.

The deal required that he accomplish at least one of three goals in the first three years of the deal: win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, average at least 20 points per game, or become an All-Star. If he failed to accomplish one of those, Nike reserved the right to terminate the deal early.

Initially Jordan was primarily interested in signing with Adidas, however they failed to match Nike's offer.

The first Air Jordan shoe debuted in 1985 for $65.

Does Michael Jordan own the Jordan brand?

Nike is the owner of Jordan Brand as well as the associated "Jumpman" logo. Michael Jordan has a royalty agreement with Nike, in which he receives a percentage of proceeds from Jordan Brand sales.

It is estimated by Forbes that Jordan has earned over $1 billion in income from his deal with Nike, including $130 million for 2019 alone.

How large is Jordan Brand?

Jordan Brand does well over $3 billion per year in sales. For the fourth quarter of 2019, Jordan Brand achieved its first ever $1 billion sales quarter.

Based on Nike's 2019-2020 sales of $37.4 billion, it's a fair estimate that Jordan Brand represents between 8% and 10% of Nike's total sales.

China has been instrumental in the growth of Jordan Brand in recent years, with revenue for the brand growing by more than 50% in China for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, to near $1 billion for that one market alone.

Does Michael Jordan own the Charlotte Hornets NBA basketball team?

Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets NBA team.

He purchased the team, then known as the Charlotte Bobcats, from Robert Johnson in 2010 for $275 million. Prior to acquiring the majority interest in the team, Jordan initially became an investor in the Bobcats in 2006. $150 million of the 2010 purchase price was an assumption of existing debt and he was only required to put up an initial $30 million in cash as part of the purchase.

The team name was changed from the Bobcats to the Hornets in 2014.

How much is Michael Jordan worth?

Jordan was estimated by Forbes to be worth $1.6 billion as of July 2020.

Most of his wealth is derived from his majority ownership stake in the Charlotte Hornets NBA team. The franchise was last valued at $1.5 billion in 2019, when Jordan sold part of his stake to two investors.

The rest of his wealth comes from the estimated $1.7 billion in pre-tax income he has earned over his lifetime from corporate partnerships and the $90 million he earned as an NBA player. Besides his arrangement with Nike for the Jordan brand, he currently has sponsorship deals with Gatorade, Hanes and Upper Deck.

Is Michael Jordan married?

Jordan married Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto on April 28, 2013. They have been married for seven years.

Previously Jordan was married for 17 years to Juanita Vanoy. They divorced in 2006.

How many children does Michael Jordan have?

Jordan has five children.

He had three children - Jeffrey (age 31), Marcus (age 29), Jasmine (age 27) - with his first wife, Juanita Vanoy. He has two children - Victoria, Ysabel (twins, age six) - with his current wife, Yvette Prieto.

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