Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, and when he was still a toddler, his parents moved to Wilmington, North Carolina.

Jordan played baseball, basketball, and football as a child. He loved baseball, but his love for basketball started growing when his older brother, Larry, kept beating him in one-on-one pick up games. Because of this, Jordan was determined to become a better basketball player.

Jordan played basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ironically, he was cut from the varsity team his sophmore year. Instead of giving up after not making the team, Jordan used it to encourage himself to do better, spending hours on the basketball court. He said that whenever he was working out and got tired, and he figured he should stop, he would just picture the list in the locker room without his name on it, and that was enough to get him going again. Jordan eventually made the team, and led them to the state championship.

After high school, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, Jordan's popularity grew as he scored the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA championship game against Georgetown. He was selected college player of the year in the 1983-84 season, and led the US Men's Basketball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

In 1984, Jordan went to the NBA. He was selected third in the draft by the Chicago Bulls. Jordan played his first game as a pro against Washington on October, 26, 1984. He became an immediate impact on the league, and proved that he belonged among the elite players. Jordan finished his rookie season as one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 28.2 points a game, was named ...

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...ry 4, 2002 against his former team, the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, Jordan was never able to lead his Wizards into the postseason as a player. He retired for a third and final time after playing his final game on April 16th, 2003.

There's no question that Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever play the game. He has single-handedly redefined basketball. No player in NBA history has achieved so much in any amount of time. He is a five-time league MVP, a ten-time scoring champion, a six-time Finals MVP, and houses six NBA championships. This time Michael Jordan left the game of basketball on his own terms. His comeback was to scratch an itch, and to teach the younger players how the game is played. He finished his career with 32,292 points, and a career average 30.12 ppg, the best in NBA history. Jordan has now officially passed the torch to the younger stars.

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