Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats. His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a three-season career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He 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 abruptly retired from basketball before 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. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century.
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself. He is the majority owner and head of basketball operations for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, having won a bidding war to buy controlling interest in the team from founding owner Robert L. Johnson.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 2.1 Early NBA years (1984–1987)
- 2.2 Pistons roadblock (1987–1990)
- 2.3 First three-peat (1991–1993)
- 2.4 First retirement and baseball career (1993–1994)
- 2.5 "I'm back": Return to the NBA (1995)
- 2.6 Second three-peat (1995–1998)
- 2.7 Second retirement (1999–2001)
- 2.8 Washington Wizards comeback (2001–2003)
- 3 Olympic career
- 4 Post-retirement
- 5 Player profile
- 6 NBA career statistics
- 7 Legacy
- 8 Personal life
- 9 Media figure and business interests
- 10 Honors and awards
- 11 See also
- 12 Notes
- 13 References
- 14 Sources
- 15 Further reading
- 16 External links
Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Deloris (née Peoples), who worked in banking, and James R. Jordan, Sr., an equipment supervisor. His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball. He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11" (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team.
Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games. The following summer, he grew four inches (10 cm) and trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play. As a senior, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists.
Jordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia. In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography. As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game (ppg) on 53.4% shooting (field goal percentage). He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game (rpg). He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers). One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center. However, the Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman contested that it was not a matter of drafting a center, but more a matter of taking Sam Bowie over Jordan, in part because Portland already had a guard with similar skills to Jordan, Clyde Drexler. In 2005 ESPN, citing Bowie's injury-laden college career, named the Blazers' choice of Bowie as the worst draft pick in North American professional sports history. Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.
Early NBA years (1984–1987)
During his first season in the NBA, Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas, and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading "A Star Is Born" just over a month into his professional career. Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season. Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players, led by Isiah Thomas, were upset by the amount of attention Jordan was receiving. This led to a so-called "freeze-out" on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game. The controversy left Jordan relatively unaffected when he returned to regular season play, and he would go on to be voted Rookie of the Year. The Bulls finished the season 38–44, and lost in the first round of the playoffs in four games to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jordan's second season was cut short by a broken foot in the third game of the season, which caused him to miss 64 games. Despite Jordan's injury and a 30–52 record (at the time it was fifth worst record of any team to qualify for the playoffs in NBA history), the Bulls made the playoffs. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. Against a 1985–86 Boston Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history, Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2. The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series.
Jordan had recovered completely by the 1986–87 season, and had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history. He became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season, averaging a league high 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting. In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season. Despite Jordan's success, Magic Johnson won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. The Bulls reached 40 wins, and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. However, they were again swept by the Celtics.
Pistons roadblock (1987–1990)
Jordan led the league in scoring again in the 1987–88 season, averaging 35.0 ppg on 53.5% shooting and won his first league MVP Award. He was also named the Defensive Player of the Year, as he had averaged 1.6 blocks and a league high 3.16 steals per game. The Bulls finished 50–32, and made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in Jordan's career, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games. However, the Bulls then lost in five games to the more experienced Detroit Pistons, who were led by Isiah Thomas and a group of physical players known as the "Bad Boys".
In the 1988–89 season, Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field, along with 8 rpg and 8 assists per game (apg). The Bulls finished with a 47–35 record, and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, defeating the Cavaliers and New York Knicks along the way. The Cavaliers series included a career highlight for Jordan when he hit The Shot over Craig Ehlo at the buzzer in the fifth and final game of the series. However, the Pistons again defeated the Bulls, this time in six games, by utilizing their "Jordan Rules" method of guarding Jordan, which consisted of double and triple teaming him every time he touched the ball.
The Bulls entered the 1989–90 season as a team on the rise, with their core group of Jordan and young improving players like Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, and under the guidance of new coach Phil Jackson. Jordan averaged a league leading 33.6 ppg on 52.6% shooting, to go with 6.9 rpg and 6.3 apg in leading the Bulls to a 55–27 record. They again advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals beating the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers en route. However, despite pushing the series to seven games, the Bulls lost to the Pistons for the third consecutive season.
First three-peat (1991–1993)
In the 1990–91 season, Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season. The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season. With Scottie Pippen developing into an All-Star, the Bulls had elevated their play. The Bulls defeated the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where their rival, the Detroit Pistons, awaited them. However, this time the Bulls beat the Pistons in a surprising sweep. In an unusual ending to the fourth and final game, Isiah Thomas led his team off the court before the final seconds had concluded. Most of the Pistons went directly to their locker room instead of shaking hands with the Bulls.
The Bulls advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history to face Magic Johnson and James Worthy and beat the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one, compiling an outstanding 15–2 playoff record along the way. Perhaps the best known moment of the series came in Game 2 when, attempting a dunk, Jordan avoided a potential Sam Perkins block by switching the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air to lay the shot in. In his first Finals appearance, Jordan posted per game averages of 31.2 points on 56% shooting from the field, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.4 blocks. Jordan won his first NBA Finals MVP award, and he cried while holding the NBA Finals trophy.
Jordan and the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991–92 season, establishing a 67–15 record, topping their franchise record from 1990 to 91. Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award with averages of 30.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game on 52% shooting. After winning a physical 7-game series over the New York Knicks in the second round of the playoffs and finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals in 6 games, the Bulls met Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in the Finals. The media, hoping to recreate a Magic–Bird rivalry, highlighted the similarities between "Air" Jordan and Clyde "The Glide" during the pre-Finals hype. In the first game, Jordan scored a Finals-record 35 points in the first half, including a record-setting six three-point field goals. After the sixth three-pointer, he jogged down the court shrugging as he looked courtside. Marv Albert, who broadcast the game, later stated that it was as if Jordan was saying, "I can't believe I'm doing this." The Bulls went on to win Game 1, and defeat the Blazers in six games. Jordan was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row and finished the series averaging 35.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 6.5 apg, while shooting 53% from the floor.
In 1992–93, despite a 32.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 5.5 apg campaign, Jordan's streak of consecutive MVP seasons ended as he lost the award to his friend Charles Barkley. Coincidentally, Jordan and the Bulls met Barkley and his Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals. The Bulls captured their third consecutive NBA championship on a game-winning shot by John Paxson and a last-second block by Horace Grant, but Jordan was once again Chicago's catalyst. He averaged a Finals-record 41.0 ppg during the six-game series, and became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVP awards. He scored more than 30 points in every game of the series, including 40 or more points in 4 consecutive games. With his third Finals triumph, Jordan capped off a seven-year run where he attained seven scoring titles and three championships, but there were signs that Jordan was tiring of his massive celebrity and all of the non-basketball hassles in his life.
During the Bulls' playoff run in 1993, controversy arose when Jordan was seen gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the night before a game against the New York Knicks. In that same year, he admitted to having to cover $57,000 in gambling losses, and author Richard Esquinas wrote a book claiming he had won $1.25 million from Jordan on the golf course. In 2005, Jordan talked to Ed Bradley of the CBS evening show 60 Minutes about his gambling and admitted that he made some reckless decisions. Jordan stated, "Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away and I've pushed the envelope. Is that compulsive? Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. If you're willing to jeopardize your livelihood and your family, then yeah." When Bradley asked him if his gambling ever got to the level where it jeopardized his livelihood or family, Jordan replied, "No."
First retirement and baseball career (1993–1994)
|Birmingham Barons – No. 45 & No. 35|
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|Southern League: April 8, 1994 for the Birmingham Barons|
|Arizona Fall League: 1994 for the Scottsdale Scorpions|
|Last professional appearance|
|Southern League: March 10, 1995 for the Birmingham Barons|
|Southern League statistics
|Runs batted in||51|
|Arizona Fall League statistics|
On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, citing a loss of desire to play the game. Jordan later stated that the murder of his father earlier in the year shaped his decision. Jordan's father was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery. The assailants were traced from calls they made on James Jordan's cellular phone, caught, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Jordan was close to his father; as a child he had imitated his father's proclivity to stick out his tongue while absorbed in work. He later adopted it as his own signature, displaying it each time he drove to the basket. In 1996, he founded a Chicago area Boys & Girls Club and dedicated it to his father.
In his 1998 autobiography For the Love of the Game, Jordan wrote that he had been preparing for retirement as early as the summer of 1992. The added exhaustion due to the Dream Team run in the 1992 Olympics solidified Jordan's feelings about the game and his ever-growing celebrity status. Jordan's announcement sent shock waves throughout the NBA and appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world.
Jordan then further surprised the sports world by signing a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox on February 7, 1994. He reported to spring training and was assigned to the team's minor league system on March 31, 1994. Jordan has stated this decision was made to pursue the dream of his late father, who had always envisioned his son as a Major League Baseball player. The White Sox were another team owned by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who continued to honor Jordan's basketball contract during the years he played baseball. In 1994, Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons, a Double-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, batting .202 with three home runs, 51 runs batted in, 30 stolen bases, and 11 errors. He also appeared for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the 1994 Arizona Fall League, batting .252 against the top prospects in baseball. On November 1, 1994, his number 23 was retired by the Bulls in a ceremony that included the erection of a permanent sculpture known as The Spirit outside the new United Center.
"I'm back": Return to the NBA (1995)
In the 1993–94 season, the Bulls, without Jordan, achieved a 55–27 record, and lost to the New York Knicks in the second round of the playoffs. But the 1994–95 Bulls were a shell of the championship squad of just two years earlier. Struggling at mid-season to ensure a spot in the playoffs, Chicago was 31–31 at one point in mid-March. The team received a lift, however, when Jordan decided to return to the NBA for the Bulls.
On March 18, 1995, Jordan announced his return to the NBA through a two-word press release: "I'm back." The next day, Jordan donned jersey number 45 (his number with the Barons), as his familiar 23 had been retired in his honor following his first retirement. He took to the court with the Bulls to face the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, scoring 19 points. The game had the highest Nielsen rating of a regular season NBA game since 1975.
Although he had not played an NBA game in a year and a half, Jordan played well upon his return, making a game-winning jump shot against Atlanta in his fourth game back. He then scored 55 points in the next game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 28, 1995 (his first appearance at Madison Square Garden since retiring). Boosted by Jordan's comeback, the Bulls went 13–4 to make the playoffs and advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic. At the end of Game 1, Orlando's Nick Anderson stripped Jordan from behind, leading to the game-winning basket for the Magic; he would later comment that Jordan "didn't look like the old Michael Jordan." Jordan then returned to wearing his old number. Jordan averaged 31 points per game in the series, but Orlando prevailed in 6 games.
Second three-peat (1995–1998)
Freshly motivated by the playoff defeat, Jordan trained aggressively for the 1995–96 season. Strengthened by the addition of rebound specialist Dennis Rodman, the Bulls dominated the league, starting the season 41–3, and eventually finishing with the best regular season record in NBA history: 72–10. Jordan led the league in scoring with 30.4 ppg, and won the league's regular season and All-Star Game MVP awards. In the playoffs, the Bulls lost only three games in four series, defeating the Seattle SuperSonics in the NBA Finals to win the championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson's three Finals MVP awards. He also achieved only the second sweep of the MVP Awards in the All-Star Game, regular season and NBA Finals, Willis Reed having achieved the first, during the 1969–70 season. Because this was Jordan's first championship since his father's murder, and it was won on Father's Day, Jordan reacted very emotionally upon winning the title, including a memorable scene of him sobbing on the locker room floor with the game ball.
In the 1996–97 season, the Bulls started out 69–11, but narrowly missed out on a second consecutive 70-win season by losing their final two games to finish 69–13. However, this year Jordan was beaten for the NBA MVP Award by Karl Malone. The Bulls again advanced to the Finals, where they faced Malone and the Utah Jazz. The series against the Jazz featured two of the more memorable clutch moments of Jordan's career. He won Game 1 for the Bulls with a buzzer-beating jump shot. In Game 5, with the series tied at 2, Jordan played despite being feverish and dehydrated from a stomach virus. In what is known as the "Flu Game", Jordan scored 38 points, including the game-deciding 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining. The Bulls won 90–88 and went on to win the series in six games. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Jordan received the Finals MVP award. During the 1997 NBA All-Star Game, Jordan posted the first triple double in All-Star Game history in a victorious effort; however, he did not receive the MVP award.
Jordan and the Bulls compiled a 62–20 record in the 1997–98 season. Jordan led the league with 28.7 points per game, securing his fifth regular-season MVP award, plus honors for All-NBA First Team, First Defensive Team and the All-Star Game MVP. The Bulls captured the Eastern Conference Championship for a third straight season, including surviving a grueling seven-game series with Reggie Miller's Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals; it was the first time Jordan had played in a Game 7 since the 1992 series with the Knicks. After prevailing, they moved on for a rematch with the Jazz in the Finals.
The Bulls returned to Utah for Game 6 on June 14, 1998 leading the series 3–2. Jordan executed a series of plays, considered to be one of the greatest clutch performances in NBA Finals history. With the Bulls trailing 86–83 with 41.9 seconds remaining, Phil Jackson called a timeout. When play resumed, Jordan received the inbound pass, drove to the basket, and hit a layup over several Jazz defenders. The Jazz brought the ball upcourt and passed the ball to forward Karl Malone, who was set up in the low post and was being guarded by Rodman. Malone jostled with Rodman and caught the pass, but Jordan cut behind him and swatted the ball out of his hands for a steal. Jordan then slowly dribbled upcourt and paused at the top of the key, eyeing his defender, Jazz guard Bryon Russell. With 10 seconds remaining, Jordan started to dribble right, then crossed over to his left, possibly pushing off Russell, although the officials did not call a foul. With 5.2 seconds left, Jordan made the climactic jump shot of his career. After John Stockton missed a desperation 3-pointer, Jordan and the Bulls claimed their sixth NBA championship, and secured a second three-peat. Once again, Jordan was voted the Finals MVP, having led all scorers by averaging 33.5 points per game, including 45 in the deciding Game 6. Jordan's six Finals MVPs is a record; Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson, and Tim Duncan are tied for second place with three apiece. The 1998 Finals holds the highest television rating of any Finals series in history, and Game 6 holds the highest television rating of any game in NBA history.
Second retirement (1999–2001)
With Phil Jackson's contract expiring, the pending departures of Scottie Pippen (who stated his desire to be traded during the season) and Dennis Rodman (who would sign with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent) looming, and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout of NBA players, Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999.
On January 19, 2000, Jordan returned to the NBA not as a player, but as part owner and President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. Jordan's responsibilities with the Wizards were comprehensive. He controlled all aspects of the Wizards' basketball operations, and had the final say in all personnel matters. Opinions of Jordan as a basketball executive were mixed. He managed to purge the team of several highly paid, unpopular players (such as forward Juwan Howard and point guard Rod Strickland), but used the first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft to select high schooler Kwame Brown, who did not live up to expectations and was traded away after four seasons.
Despite his January 1999 claim that he was "99.9% certain" that he would never play another NBA game, in the summer of 2001 Jordan expressed interest in making another comeback, this time with his new team. Inspired by the NHL comeback of his friend Mario Lemieux the previous winter, Jordan spent much of the spring and summer of 2001 in training, holding several invitation-only camps for NBA players in Chicago. In addition, Jordan hired his old Chicago Bulls head coach, Doug Collins, as Washington's coach for the upcoming season, a decision that many saw as foreshadowing another Jordan return.
Washington Wizards comeback (2001–2003)
On September 25, 2001, Jordan announced his return to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards, indicating his intention to donate his salary as a player to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In an injury-plagued 2001–02 season, he led the team in scoring (22.9 ppg), assists (5.2 apg), and steals (1.42 spg). However, torn cartilage in his right knee ended Jordan's season after only 60 games, the fewest he had played in a regular season since playing 17 games after returning from his first retirement during the 1994–95 season.
Playing in his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game in 2003, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star game history (a record since broken by Kobe Bryant). That year, Jordan was the only Washington player to play in all 82 games, starting in 67 of them. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He also shot 45% from the field, and 82% from the free throw line. Even though he turned 40 during the season, he scored 20 or more points 42 times, 30 or more points nine times, and 40 or more points three times. On February 21, 2003, Jordan became the first 40-year-old to tally 43 points in an NBA game. During his stint with the Wizards, all of Jordan's home games at the MCI Center were sold out, and the Wizards were the second most-watched team in the NBA, averaging 20,172 fans a game at home and 19,311 on the road. However, neither of Jordan's final two seasons resulted in a playoff appearance for the Wizards, and Jordan was often unsatisfied with the play of those around him. At several points he openly criticized his teammates to the media, citing their lack of focus and intensity, notably that of the number one draft pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, Kwame Brown.
With the recognition that 2002–03 would be Jordan's final season, tributes were paid to him throughout the NBA. In his final game at his old home court, the United Center in Chicago, Jordan received a four-minute standing ovation. The Miami Heat retired the number 23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan had never played for the team. At the 2003 All-Star Game, Jordan was offered a starting spot from Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson, but refused both. In the end he accepted the spot of Vince Carter, who decided to give it up under great public pressure.
Jordan's final NBA game was on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia. After scoring only 13 points in the game, Jordan went to the bench with 4 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter and with his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers, 75–56. Just after the start of the fourth quarter, the First Union Center crowd began chanting "We want Mike!". After much encouragement from coach Doug Collins, Jordan finally rose from the bench and re-entered the game for Larry Hughes with 2:35 remaining. At 1:45, Jordan was intentionally fouled by the 76ers' Eric Snow, and stepped to the line to make both free throws. After the second foul shot, the 76ers in-bounded the ball to rookie John Salmons, who in turn was intentionally fouled by Bobby Simmons one second later, stopping time so that Jordan could return to the bench. Jordan received a three-minute standing ovation from his teammates, his opponents, the officials and a crowd of 21,257 fans.
Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal-winning American basketball teams. As a college player he participated, and won the gold, in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The team was coached by Bob Knight and featured players such as Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin, Steve Alford, and Wayman Tisdale. Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 ppg for the tournament.
In the 1992 Summer Olympics, he was a member of the star-studded squad that included Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and David Robinson and was dubbed the "Dream Team". Jordan was the only player to start all 8 games in the Olympics. Playing limited minutes due to the frequent blowouts, Jordan averaged 14.9 ppg, finishing second on the team in scoring. Jordan and fellow Dream Team members Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are the only American men's basketball players to win Olympic gold as amateurs and professionals.
After his third retirement, Jordan assumed that he would be able to return to his front office position of Director of Basketball Operations with the Wizards. However, his previous tenure in the Wizards' front office had produced the aforementioned mixed results and may have also influenced the trade of Richard "Rip" Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse (although Jordan was not technically Director of Basketball Operations in 2002). On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as Washington's President of Basketball Operations. Jordan later stated that he felt betrayed, and that if he knew he would be fired upon retiring he never would have come back to play for the Wizards.
Jordan kept busy over the next few years by staying in shape, playing golf in celebrity charity tournaments, spending time with his family in Chicago, promoting his Jordan Brand clothing line, and riding motorcycles. Since 2004, Jordan has owned Michael Jordan Motorsports, a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team that competes with two Suzukis in the premier Superbike class sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). Jordan and his then-wife Juanita pledged $5 million to Chicago's Hales Franciscan High School in 2006, and the Jordan Brand has made donations to Habitat for Humanity and a Louisiana branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
On June 15, 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming the team's second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. Johnson. As part of the deal, Jordan was named "Managing Member of Basketball Operations," with full control over the basketball side of the operation. Despite Jordan's previous success as an endorser, he has made an effort not to be included in Charlotte's marketing campaigns. A decade earlier, Jordan had made a bid to become part-owner of Charlotte's original NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, but talks collapsed when owner George Shinn refused to give Jordan complete control of basketball operations.
In February 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats. As February wore on, it emerged that the leading contenders for the team were Jordan and former Houston Rockets president George Postolos. On February 27, the Bobcats announced that Johnson had reached an agreement with Jordan and his group, MJ Basketball Holdings, to buy the team pending NBA approval. On March 17, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Jordan's purchase, making him the first former NBA player ever to become the majority owner of a league franchise.
During the 2011 NBA lockout, The New York Times wrote that Jordan led a group of 10 to 14 hardline owners wanting to cap the players' share of basketball-related income at 50 percent and as low as 47. Journalists observed that, during the labor dispute in 1998, Jordan had told Washington Wizards then-owner Abe Pollin, "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team." Jason Whitlock of FoxSports.com called Jordan a "sellout" wanting "current players to pay for his incompetence." He cited Jordan's executive decisions to draft disappointing players Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison.
During the 2011–12 NBA season, which was shortened to 66 games, the Bobcats posted a 7–59 record. Their .106 winning percentage was the worst in NBA history. "I'm not real happy about the record book scenario last year. It's very, very frustrating," Jordan said later that year.
On May 21, 2013, Jordan filed papers to change the Bobcats' name to the Hornets, effective with the 2014–15 season. The Hornets name had become available when the original Hornets, who had moved to New Orleans in 2002, changed their name to the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2013–14 season. The NBA approved the change on July 18.
Jordan was a shooting guard who was also capable of playing as a small forward (the position he would primarily play during his second return to professional basketball with the Washington Wizards), and as a point guard. Jordan was known throughout his career for being a strong clutch performer. He decided numerous games with last-second plays (e.g., The Shot) and performed at a high level even under adverse circumstances (e.g., Flu Game). His competitiveness was visible in his prolific trash-talk and well-known work ethic. Jordan has frequently cited David Thompson, Walter Davis, and Jerry West as influences. From the start of his career, Jordan was unique among NBA players in that he had a special "Love of the Game Clause" written into his contract, which allowed him to play basketball against anyone at anytime, anywhere.
Jordan had a versatile offensive game. He was capable of aggressively driving to the basket, as well as drawing fouls from his opponents at a high rate; his 8,772 free throw attempts are the ninth-highest total of all time. As his career progressed, Jordan also developed the ability to post up his opponents and score with his trademark fadeaway jump shot, using his leaping ability to "fade away" from block attempts. According to Hubie Brown, this move alone made him nearly unstoppable. Despite media criticism as a "selfish" player early in his career, Jordan's 5.3 assists per game also indicate his willingness to defer to his teammates. In later years, the NBA shortened its three-point line to 22 feet (from 23 feet, 9 inches), which coupled with Jordan's extended shooting range to make him a long-range threat as well—his 3-point stroke developed from a low 9/52 rate (.173) in his rookie year into a stellar 111/260 (.427) shooter in the 1995–96 season. For a guard, Jordan was also a good rebounder (6.2 per game).
In 1988, Jordan was honored with the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award and became the first NBA player to win both the Defensive Player of the Year and MVP awards in a career (since equaled by Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Kevin Garnett; Olajuwon is the only player other than Jordan to win both during the same season). In addition he set both seasonal and career records for blocked shots by a guard, and combined this with his ball-thieving ability to become a standout defensive player. He ranks third in NBA history in total steals with 2,514, trailing John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jerry West often stated that he was more impressed with Jordan's defensive contributions than his offensive ones.
NBA career statistics
- For a comprehensive listing of Jordan's statistics, see List of career achievements by Michael Jordan
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Jordan won an NBA championship|
|Led the league|
Jordan's basketball talent was clear from his rookie season. In his first game in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks, Jordan received a prolonged standing ovation, a rarity for an opposing player. After Jordan scored a playoff record 63 points against the Boston Celtics in 1986, Celtics star Larry Bird described him as "God disguised as Michael Jordan."
Jordan led the NBA in scoring in 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain's record of seven consecutive scoring titles. He was also a fixture on the NBA All-Defensive First Team, making the roster nine times (NBA record shared with Gary Payton). Jordan also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 points per game, respectively. By 1998, the season of his Finals-winning shot against the Jazz, he was well known throughout the league as a clutch performer. In the regular season, Jordan was the Bulls' primary threat in the final seconds of a close game and in the playoffs, Jordan would always demand the ball at crunch time. Jordan's total of 5,987 points in the playoffs is the highest in NBA history. He retired with 32,292 points in regular season play, placing him third on the NBA's all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.
With five regular-season MVPs (tied for second place with Bill Russell; only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won more, six), six Finals MVPs (NBA record), and three All-Star MVPs, Jordan is the most decorated player ever to play in the NBA. Jordan finished among the top three in regular-season MVP voting a record 10 times, and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Many of Jordan's contemporaries label Jordan as the greatest basketball player of all time. 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. Jordan placed second to Babe Ruth in the Associated Press's list of 20th century athletes. In addition, the Associated Press voted him as the basketball player of the 20th century. Jordan has also appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated a record 50 times. In the September 1996 issue of Sport, which was the publication's 50th anniversary issue, Jordan was named the greatest athlete of the past 50 years.
Jordan's athletic leaping ability, highlighted in his back-to-back slam dunk contest championships in 1987 and 1988, is credited by many with having influenced a generation of young players. Several current NBA All-Stars have stated that they considered Jordan their role model while growing up, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. In addition, commentators have dubbed a number of next-generation players "the next Michael Jordan" upon their entry to the NBA, including Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, Grant Hill, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Vince Carter, and Dwyane Wade. Although Jordan was a well-rounded player, his "Air Jordan" image is also often credited with inadvertently decreasing the jump shooting skills, defense, and fundamentals of young players, a fact Jordan himself has lamented.
I think it was the exposure of Michael Jordan; the marketing of Michael Jordan. Everything was marketed towards the things that people wanted to see, which was scoring and dunking. That Michael Jordan still played defense and an all-around game, but it was never really publicized.
Although Jordan has done much to increase the status of the game, some of his impact on the game's popularity in America appears to be fleeting. Television ratings in particular increased only during his time in the league and have subsequently lowered each time he left the game.
In August 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, opened a Michael Jordan exhibit containing items from his college and NBA careers, as well as from the 1992 "Dream Team". The exhibit also has a batting glove to signify Jordan's short career in baseball. After Jordan received word of his being accepted into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson to present him. As Jordan would later explain during his induction speech in September 2009, growing up in North Carolina, he was not a fan of the Tar Heels, and greatly admired Thompson, who played at rival North Carolina State. He was inducted into the Hall in September, with several former Bulls teammates in attendance, including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Charles Oakley, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, and Toni Kukoc. Former coaches of Jordan's, Dean Smith and Doug Collins, were also among those present.
Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordan's brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army.
He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine. Jordan and Vanoy filed for divorce on January 4, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter. They again filed for divorce and were granted a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, 2006, commenting that the decision was made "mutually and amicably". It is reported that Juanita received a $168 million settlement, making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history at the time on public record.
In 1991, Jordan purchased a lot in Highland Park, Illinois, to build a 56,000 square foot mansion, which was completed four years later. Both of his sons attended Loyola Academy, a private Roman Catholic high school located in Wilmette, Illinois. Jeffrey graduated as a member of the 2007 graduating class and played his first collegiate basketball game on November 11, 2007, for the University of Illinois. After two seasons, Jeffrey left the Illinois basketball team in 2009. He later rejoined the team for a third season, then received a release to transfer to the University of Central Florida, where Marcus was attending. Marcus transferred to Whitney Young High School after his sophomore year at Loyola Academy and graduated in 2009. He began attending UCF in the fall of 2009, and played three seasons of basketball for the school.
On July 21, 2006, a Cook County, Illinois judge determined that Jordan did not owe his alleged former lover Karla Knafel $5 million. Jordan had allegedly paid Knafel $250,000 to keep their relationship a secret. Knafel claimed Jordan promised her $5 million for remaining silent and agreeing not to file a paternity suit after Knafel learned she was pregnant in 1991. A DNA test showed Jordan was not the father of the child.
He proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas Eve, 2011, and they were married on April 27, 2013 at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. It was announced on November 30, 2013, that the two were expecting their first child together in April 2014. Jordan listed his Highland Park mansion for sale in 2012. It was revealed that they are expecting identical twin girls. On February 11, 2014, Prieto gave birth to identical twin daughters named Victoria and Ysabel.
Media figure and business interests
Jordan is one of the most marketed sports figures in history. He has been a major spokesman for such brands as Nike, Coca-Cola, Chevrolet, Gatorade, McDonald's, Ball Park Franks, Rayovac, Wheaties, Hanes, and MCI. Jordan has had a long relationship with Gatorade, appearing in over 20 commercials for the company since 1991, including the "Like Mike" commercials in which a song was sung by children wishing to be like Jordan.
Nike created a signature shoe for him, called the Air Jordan. One of Jordan's more popular commercials for the shoe involved Spike Lee playing the part of Mars Blackmon. In the commercials Lee, as Blackmon, attempted to find the source of Jordan's abilities and became convinced that "it's gotta be the shoes". The hype and demand for the shoes even brought on a spate of "shoe-jackings" where people were robbed of their sneakers at gunpoint. Subsequently Nike spun off the Jordan line into its own division named the "Jordan Brand". The company features an impressive list of athletes and celebrities as endorsers. The brand has also sponsored college sports programs such as those of North Carolina, Cincinnati, Cal, St. John's, Georgetown, and North Carolina A&T.
Jordan also has been associated with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. A Nike commercial shown during 1992's Super Bowl XXVI featured Jordan and Bugs Bunny playing basketball. The Super Bowl commercial inspired the 1996 live action/animated movie Space Jam, which starred Jordan and Bugs in a fictional story set during his first retirement. They have subsequently appeared together in several commercials for MCI, and additionally, Jordan made a brief cameo appearance in the 2003 film Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
Jordan's yearly income from the endorsements is estimated to be over forty million dollars. In addition, when Jordan's power at the ticket gates was at its highest point the Bulls regularly sold out every game they played in, whether home or away. Due to this, Jordan set records in player salary by signing annual contracts worth in excess of US $30 million per season. An academic study found that Jordan's first NBA comeback resulted in an increase in the market capitalization of his client firms of more than $1 billion.
Most of Jordan's endorsement deals, including the first deal with Nike, were engineered by his agent, David Falk. Jordan has said of Falk that "he's the best at what he does", and that "marketing-wise, he's great. He's the one who came up with the concept of 'Air Jordan.'"
In June 2010, Jordan was ranked by Forbes Magazine as the 20th most powerful celebrity in the world with $55 million earned between June 2009 and June 2010. According to the Forbes article, Jordan Brand generates $1 billion in sales for Nike.
Honors and awards
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009 (individual), Class of 2010 (member of the "Dream Team")
- 2 Olympic gold medals – 1984, 1992
- 6× NBA champion
- 6× NBA Finals MVP
- 5× NBA MVP
- 10 NBA scoring leader (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
- 3× steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 3× minutes leader
- 14 NBA All-Star selections
- 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP
- 11 All-NBA selections
- 9 All-Defensive First Team selections
- 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987, 1988
- NBA Rookie of the Year – 1984–85
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year – 1987–88
- NCAA national championship – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1981–82
- ACC Freshman of the Year – 1981–82
- 2× Consensus NCAA All-American First Team – 1982–83, 1983–84
- ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year – 1983–84
- USBWA College Player of the Year – 1983–84
- Naismith College Player of the Year – 1983–84
- John R. Wooden Award – 1983–84
- Adolph Rupp Trophy – 1983–84
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – 1991
- Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996
- Ranked No.1 by SLAM Magazine's Top 50 Players of All-Time
- Ranked No.1 by ESPN SportsCentury's Top North American Athletes of the 20th century
- Elected to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
- Marca Leyenda
- Michael Jordan Steakhouse
- Michael Jordan's Restaurant
- Michael Jordan: Chaos in the Windy City
- Michael Jordan in Flight
- NBA 2K11
- NBA 2K12
- a Jordan wore a nameless no. 12 jersey in a 1990 game against the Orlando Magic because his no. 23 jersey had been stolen.
- Rein, Kotler and Shields, pg. 173.
- Michael Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Markovits and Rensman, pg. 89.
- Berkow, Ira. "Sports of The Times; Air Jordan And Just Plain Folks", The New York Times, June 15, 1991. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
- Skidmore, Sarah. "23 years later, Air Jordans maintain mystique", The Seattle Times, January 10, 2008. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Michael Jordan biography, 23jordan.com. Retrieved November 23, 2007.
- Sachare, pgs. 172–173.
- Halberstam, pgs. 20–21.
- Michael Jordan, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved February 8, 2008.
- Michael Jordan: The Stats, infoplease.com. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- Williams, Lena. PLUS: Basketball; "A McDonald's Game For Girls, Too", The New York Times, December 7, 2001. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Sportscenter, ESPN, air date February 2, 2007.
- Halberstam, pgs. 67–68.
- LeFeber, pg. 32.
- Michael Jordan, databaseBasketball.com, archived link, archive date February 11, 2009.
- qtd. in Lazenby, Roland. "Michaelangelo: Portrait of a Champion". Michael Jordan: The Ultimate Career Tribute. Bannockburn, IL: H&S Media, 1999. pg. 128.
- DuPree, David (November 26, 1984). "Trail Blazers don't regret bypassing Jordan". USA Today. p. 6C.
- Sakamoto, Bob (November 25, 1984). "Portland GM is happy with Bowie". Chicago Tribune. p. B2.
- Schoenfield, David. The 100 worst draft picks ever, ESPN. Retrieved October 20, 2013.
- Morris, Mike. "The Legend: A Highlight-Reel History of the NBA's Greatest Player". Michael Jordan: The Ultimate Career Tribute. Bannockburn, IL: H&S Media, 1999. pg. 67.
- Gross, Jane. "Jordan Makes People Wonder: Is He the New Dr. J?", The New York Times, October 21, 1984. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Goldaper, Sam. "Jordan dazzles crowd at Garden", The New York Times, October 19, 1984. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Johnson, Roy S. "Jordan-Led Bulls Romp Before 19,252", The New York Times, November 9, 1984. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- SI cover search December 10, 1984, si.cnn.com. Retrieved March 9, 2007.
- Chicago Bulls 1984–85 Game Log and Scores, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
- Michael Jordan bio, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
- Chicago Bulls, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- "Worst Records of Playoff Teams", The Sporting News (April 28, 1986), pg. 46.
- Top 10 Teams in NBA History, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- God Disguised as Michael Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
- "Jordan Adds Most Valuable Player Award to Honors", The Washington Post (May 26, 1988), pg. D8.
- Michael Jordan statistics, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Chicago Bulls 1987–88 Game Log and Scores, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Jordan Hits "The Shot", National Basketball Association. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
- Chicago Bulls 1990–91 Game Log and Scores, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Brown, Clifton. Basketball; Bulls Brush Aside Pistons for Eastern Title, The New York Times, May 28, 1991. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Kalb, Elliott. Isiah Thomas: Leader of the Bad Boys, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Stone and Regner, pg. 103.
- Wilbon, Michael. Great Shot! Jordan's Best Amazingly Goes One Better, The Washington Post, pg. D01, June 7, 1991. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- 1991 Finals stats, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Finals Most Valuable Player, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 6, 2008.
- Schwartz, Larry. Michael Jordan transcends hoops, ESPN. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Sport's Illustrated cover, May 11, 1992. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- Jordan Blazes Away From Long Range, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 9, 2007.
- A Stroll Down Memory Lane, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Paxson's Trey Propels Bulls Into NBA History, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
- McCallum, Jack. "'the Desire Isn't There'", Sports Illustrated, October 18, 1993. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
- Anderson, Dave. "Sports of The Times; Jordan's Atlantic City Caper", The New York Times, May 27, 1993. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Thomas, Monifa. Jordan on gambling: 'Very embarrassing' at the Wayback Machine (archived January 4, 2007) (scroll down to see article), Chicago Sun-Times, available at winningstreak.com, October 21, 2005. Retrieved January 17, 2007.
- Michael Jordan Still Flying High, CBS News, August 20, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Berkow, Ira. "A Humbled Jordan Learns New Truths", The New York Times, April 11, 1994. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Mitchell, Alison. The Nation; "So Many Criminals Trip Themselves Up", The New York Times, August 22, 1993. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Walsh, Edward. "On the City's West Side, Jordan's Legacy Is Hope", The Washington Post, January 14, 1998. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Michael Jordan, family attend groundbreaking ceremony for James Jordan Center, Jet Magazine, August 14, 1995, available at findarticles.com. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
- Jordan, pg. 100.
- Thompson, Ian and Ted Rodgers. Europe loses a role model; even in countries where basketball is a minor pursuit, Jordan's profile looms large – includes related article on Jordan's stature in Japan, The Sporting News, October 18, 1993, available at findarticles.com. Retrieved April 25, 2008.
- The Sporting News Official NBA Register 1994–95, pg. 334.
- Michael Jordan Chronology, Sports Illustrated, January 12, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- Michael Jordan A Tribute, Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Araton, Harvey. Basketball; "Jordan Keeping the Basketball World in Suspense", The New York Times, March 10, 1995. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Michael Jordan Chronology, Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Michael Jordan Statue". United Center. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Artner, Alan G. (November 2, 1994). "Jordan Truly Larger Than Life: Sculpture Shows Spirit Of The Man, But Little More". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- "Bye-bye, No. 23: Buzz went to see Michael Jordan's Chicago...". Chicago Tribune. November 8, 1994. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
- Taylor, Phil. "What Goes Up...", Sports Illustrated, March 20, 1995. Retrieved March 25, 2009.
- "Michael Jordan returns to Bulls in overtime loss to Indiana Pacers – Chicago Bulls", Jet Magazine, April 3, 1995, available at findarticles.com. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
- Hausman, Jerry A. and Gregory K. Leonard. "Superstars in the National Basketball Association: Economic Value and Policy." Journal of Labor Economics, 15 (4): 586–624 , 1997. doi:10.1086/209839.
- Lawrence, Mitch. Memories of MJ's first two acts, ESPN, September 10, 2001. Retrieved December 16, 2008.
- Kerr, Steve. The greatest team in history – day four: Chicago Bulls, BBC. Retrieved March 16, 2007.
- Chicago Bulls 1995–96 Game Log and Scores, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved January 20, 2007.
- 1995–96 Chicago Bulls, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Chicago Bulls 1996–97 Game Log and Scores, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Burns, Marty. 23 to remember, Sports Illustrated, January 16, 1999. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Greatest Finals Moments, National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 6, 2007.
- Kerber, Fred. Former NBA Ref Blasts Officiating, New York Post, August 17, 2007. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Knott, Tom. "Someone has to win Eastern Conference", The Washington Times, December 8, 2006. Retrieved November 17, 2008.
- Deveney, Sean. Crying Foul at the Wayback Machine (archived March 13, 2007), sportingnews.com, March 14, 2005. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
- Ryan, Jeff. History of the NBA Finals Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz – 1998 at the Wayback Machine (archived May 23, 2002), sportingnews.com. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
- Cohen, Rachel. Lakers-Celtics should grab big TV ratings, charleston.net, June 5, 2008. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
- NBA Finals Game 6 nets ratings record for NBC, Jet Magazine, July 6, 1998, available at findarticles.com. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- Sandomir, Richard. Jordan Sheds Uniform for Suit as a Wizards Owner, The New York Times, January 20, 2000. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
- Pollin's decision to cut ties leaves Jordan livid, ESPN, May 9, 2003. Retrieved December 23, 2008.
- Brady, Erik. "Wizards show Jordan the door", USA Today, May 7, 2003. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Associated Press. Making his move, Sports Illustrated, February 22, 2001. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Matthews, Marcus. Losing never looked so good for Wizards, USA Today, March 1, 2001. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Wilbon, Michael. "So Long, Kwame, Thanks for Nothing", The Washington Post, July 16, 2005. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; Old Coach Rejoins Old Warrior", The New York Times, October 2, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- White, Joseph. "Jordan comeback raises questions", cbc.ca, September 23, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Associated Press. Jordan watched Lemieux's comeback very closely, ESPN, October 2, 2001. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Penny outshines MJ at 'Comeback Camp', CNNSI.com, August 25, 2001. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Pollin Establishes Education Fund, National Basketball Association, September 9, 2002. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- News Summary, The New York Times, September 26, 2001. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Bryant, West hold on to win NBA All-Star game, National Basketball Association, February 26, 2012. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- Jordan Pours in History-Making 43, National Basketball Association, February 21, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- NBA Attendance Report – 2003. National Basketball Association. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Maaddi, Rob. Collins feels Jordan's pain, Associated Press, USA Today, November 29, 2001. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
- Associated Press. Bad chemistry left MJ unable to win in Washington, Sports Illustrated, April 12, 2003. Retrieved March 11, 2007.
- Johnson, K. C. Lengthy ovation moves Jordan, Chicago Tribune, January 25, 2003. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- Heat Retire Jordan's 23, Sports Illustrated, April 11, 2003. Retrieved March 8, 2007.
- Associated Press. Thanks, but no thanks: Jordan not interested in ceremonial starting role, Sports Illustrated, February 8, 2003. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Zeisberger, Mike. Vince's wild ride, slam.canoe.ca, December 18, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2007.
- Sixers Prevail in Jordan's Final Game, National Basketball Association, April 16, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad – 1984, USA Basketball, Inc. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- Games of the XXVth Olympiad – 1992, USA Basketball Inc. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- Hareas, John. 1992 Dream Team: By the Numbers, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 23, 2012.
- Wise, Mike. "Pro Basketball; Jordan's Strained Ties to Wizards May Be Cut", The New York Times, May 4, 2003. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Grass, Ray. "Michael Jordan is now riding superbikes", deseretnews.com, June 22, 2006. Retrieved October 3, 2008.
- Jordan Suzuki Previews The AMA Superbike Championship Finale At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc, September 11, 2007. Retrieved March 26, 2009.
- Martin, Chris. AMA SBK: His Airness Speaks: A Conversation with Michael Jordan, moto-racing.speedtv.com, June 25, 2007. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
- Meyer, Gregory. Jordans to pledge $5M to Hales Franciscan H.S., chicagobusiness.com, March 13, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- Jordan Brand Donates $500,000 to Boys and Girls Club in Louisiana, Reuters, February 14, 2008. Retrieved July 28, 2008.
- Michael Jordan to Become Part Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, National Basketball Association, June 15, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Associated Press. Jordan writes state of Bobcats letter to fans, ESPN, June 15, 2006. Retrieved February 21, 2007.
- Associated Press. Shinn says others interested in buying piece of Hornets, lubbockonline.com, May 10, 1999. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- Michael Jordan & Charlotte Bobcats – NBA Legend Wants to Buy Team, Report, National Ledger, February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 17, 2010.
- Associated Press. MJ to buy controlling stake in Bobcats, ESPN, February 27, 2010. Retrieved February 27, 2010.
- Associated Press. Jordan purchase of Bobcats approved, ESPN, March 17, 2010. Retrieved March 17, 2010.
- Beck, Howard (November 5, 2011). "Hard-Line Factions Threaten Latest N.B.A. Negotiations". The New York Times. p. D7. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011.
- Whitlock, Jason (November 5, 2011). "MJ sells out players with hard-line stance". FoxSports.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011.
- "Knicks earn No. 7, Bobcats set dubious record". Fox News. April 27, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Michael Jordan committed to Bobcats". ESPN. November 2, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
- "Bobcats Sports & Entertainment Applies to Change Team's Name to Hornets". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. May 21, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- "NBA approves Charlotte's name change". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
- DeCourcy, Mike. A suspension for talking trash? Mamma mia! at the Wayback Machine (archived February 17, 2008), sportingnews.com, July 21, 2006. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Jackson, Phil. "Michael and Me", Inside Stuff, June/July 1998, available at nba.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Donnelly, Sally B. "Great Leapin' Lizards! Michael Jordan Can't Actually Fly, But", Time, January 9, 1989. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- Jordan, pg. 155.
- DuPree, David (February 9, 2003). Jordan wears 'greatest' crown, USA Today. Retrieved October 25, 2013.
- Jordan, pg. 5.
- Career Leaders for Free Throw Attempts, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 16, 2008.
- Brown, Hubie. Hubie Brown on Jordan, National Basketball Association. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Ladewski, Paul. What Does He Do for an Encore?, Hoop Magazine, December 1987, available at nba.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Career Leaders for Steals, basketball-reference.com. Retrieved May 23, 2008.
- Michael Jordan: A tribute: Praise from his peers, NBA's 50 greatest sing MJ's praises, Sports Illustrated, February 1, 1999. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Sachare, Alex. Go-Two Guys, Hoop Magazine, June 1996. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- All-Time Playoffs Individual Career Leaders, National Basketball Association. Retrieved March 5, 2007.
- Career Points, databasebasketball.com. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Top N. American athletes of the century, ESPN. Retrieved May 3, 2007.
- Associated Press. Top 100 athletes of the 20th century, USA Today, December 21, 1999. Retrieved March 15, 2007.
- AP Basketball Player of the Century, lubbockonline.com, December 11, 1999. Retrieved January 18, 2008.
- Michael Jordan's 50 SI Covers, Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 22, 2013.
- "Final Out: 1996", Sport, volume 90, issue 7, July 1999, pg. 96.
- Hubbard, Jan. Michael Jordan interview, Hoop Magazine, April 1997, via nba.com. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- Fitzpatrick, Curry. "In An Orbit All His Own", Sports Illustrated, November 9, 1987. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- Associated Press. James says he'll decide his future soon, Sports Illustrated, April 16, 2003. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
- Ginsbrug, Steve. "Wade scoffs at Jordan comparisons", Reuters, June 21, 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
- Stein, Mark. Kobe, Hill deal with being the next Michael, ESPN, October 29, 2001. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- Isidore, Chris. The next 'next Jordan', money.cnn.com, June 23, 2006. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; Will James Be the Next Jordan or the Next Carter?", The New York Times, December 28, 2005. Retrieved April 8, 2008.
- Rovell, Darren. NBA could cash in if TV ratings soar with Jordan, ESPN, September 23, 2001. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
- Helfand, Lewis. The NBA After Jordan: Is There Hope?, askmen.com. Retrieved March 10, 2007.
- "Hall opens a Jordan exhibit", The New York Times (August 3, 2009), pg. D5.
- Spears, Marc J. "Thompson to open Hall's doors for Jordan", Yahoo! Sports, September 7, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2012.
- Smith, Sam. Jordan makes a Hall of Fame address, National Basketball Association, September 12, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009.
- Associated Press, Michael Jordan's big brother ends Army career at the Wayback Machine (archived May 29, 2006), charlotte.com, May 16, 2006. Retrieved April 18, 2008.
- Associated Press. Jordan, wife end marriage 'mutually, amicably', ESPN, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Michael Jordan, Wife to Divorce After 17 Years, People, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007.
- Forbes: Jordan Divorce Most Costly Ever, The Washington Post, April 14, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Tadena, Nathalie and Momo Zhou. Divorce Has a Hefty Price Tag for Celebrities, Billionaires, abcnews.go.com, August 20, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Rodkin, Dennis. "Michael Jordan Lists Highland Park Mansion for $29 Million", Chicago Magazine, February 29, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012.
- Associated Press. Heir Jordan out to prove he can play like Mike, nbcsports.msnbc.com, July 9, 2005. Retrieved April 9, 2008.
- Associated Press. Jeff Jordan prepares for life after hoops, ESPN, June 24, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- Jordan Returns to Illini, Illinois Fighting Illini, October 16, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010.
- Associated Press. Jordan’s Career at Illinois Ends, The New York Times, May 21, 2010. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Jeffrey Jordan lands at Central Florida, ESPN, June 1, 2010. Retrieved December 14, 2010.
- Weir, Tom. "Second Jordan son headed to Division-I, at UCF", USA Today, April 7, 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- "Marcus Jordan leaving Central Florida's program", SI.com, August 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
- Associated Press. "Judge says Jordan not obligated to pay ex-lover", USA Today, June 12, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Associated Press. "Judge: Alleged deal between Jordan, ex-lover invalid", ESPN, July 22, 2006. Retrieved March 3, 2011,
- Jordan's former girlfriend shouldn't get another cent, USA Today, November 25, 2002. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
- Jordan's Ex-Lover Counters With $5 Million Lawsuit at the Wayback Machine (archived February 24, 2009), whiotv.com, November 19, 2002. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Troop, Caleb. "Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is engaged", WCNC-TV, December 29, 2011. Retrieved January 9, 2012.
- Garcia, Jennifer. "Michael Jordan Marries Model Yvette Prieto", People, April 27, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Reuters. Michael Jordan marries longtime girlfriend, Chicago Tribune, April 27, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- Golliver, Ben. Reports: Michael Jordan, wife Yvette Prieto expecting first child, Sports Illustrated, November 30, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- Webber, Stephanie. Michael Jordan, Wife Yvette Prieto Expecting First Child Seven Months After Tying the Knot, Us Weekly, November 30, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- Michael Jordan And Wife Expecting Identical Twins, The Huffington Post, January 23, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Michael Jordan, Yvette Prieto welcome twin girls, CBS News, February 12, 2014. Retrieved February 20, 2014.
- Dwyer, Kelly. "Michael Jordan’s personalized private plane", Yahoo! Sports, October 6, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
- Rovell, Darren. "Jordan's 10 greatest commercials ever", ESPN, February 17, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Vancil, Mark. "Michael Jordan: Phenomenon", Hoop Magazine, December 1991. Retrieved March 7, 2007.
- "Michael Jordan", Forbes. Retrieved February 23, 2007.
- Team Jordan, nike.com. Retrieved June 9, 2008.
- Horovitz, Bruce. 'Hare Jordan' May Give Animation Ads a Lift, Los Angeles Times, January 28, 1992. Retrieved December 18, 2013.
- Porter, pg. 96.
- "Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003) – Full Cast & Crew". imdb.com. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- A Multiple Product Endorser can be a Credible Source, Redenbach, Andrew. Cyber-Journal of Sport Marketing, February 2, 2009
- #18 Michael Jordan, Forbes. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
- Rovell, Darren. "Cashing in on the ultimate cash cow", ESPN, April 15, 2003. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- "Michael Jordan signs deal with Bulls worth more than $30 million", Jet Magazine, September 15, 1997, available at findarticles.com. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
- Mathur, Lynette Knowles, Ike Mathur and Nanda Rangan. "The Wealth Effects Associated with a Celebrity Endorser: The Michael Jordan Phenomenon." Journal of Advertising Research, May, 67–73, 1997.
- Powell, Shaun. "Executive privilege – sports agent David Falk", The Sporting News, March 29, 1999, available online at findarticles.com. Retrieved July 25, 2007.
- "Making Millions for NBA Stars: the High-Powered World of Super Agents David Falk, Curtis Polk and Mike Higgins", cigaraficionado.com. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
- "#20 Michael Jordan". Forbes, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Jordan's Streak Crashes and Burns at Indy, National Basketball Association, December 27, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- Cover. Sports Illustrated, December 23, 1991. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- "The New Top 50", SLAM Magazine, June 19, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Strauss, Chris. "The greatest No. 12 that no one is talking about", USA Today, December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- Halberstam, David. Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made. Broadway Books, 2000. ISBN 0-7679-0444-3.
- Jordan, Michael. For the Love of the Game: My Story. New York City: Crown Publishers, 1998. ISBN 0-609-60206-3.
- LeFeber, Walter. Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism. W. W. Norton, 2002. ISBN 978-0-3933-2369-6. Retrieved February 21, 2013.
- Markovits, Andrei S. and Lars Rensman. Gaming the World: How Sports are Reshaping Global Politics and Culture. Princeton University Press, June 3, 2010. ISBN 0-691-13751-X. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
- Porter, David L. Michael Jordan: A Biography, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007. ISBN 0-313-33767-5.
- Rein, Irving J.; Kotler, Philip; Shields, Ben (2006). The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace. The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
- Sachare, Alex. The Chicago Bulls Encyclopedia. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8092-2515-8.
- The Sporting News Official NBA Register 1994–95. The Sporting News, 1994. ISBN 9780892045013.
- Stone, Mike; Regner, Art (2008). The Great Book of Detroit Sports Lists. Running Press. ISBN 978-0-7624-3354-4. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
- Leahy, Michael (2004), When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback, Simon & Schuster, ISBN 0-7432-7648-5
- McGovern, Mike (2005), Michael Jordan: basketball player, Ferguson, ISBN 0816058768
- Porter, David L (2007), Michael Jordan: a biography, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0313337675
|Find more about Michael Jordan at Wikipedia's sister projects|
|Media from Commons|
|Quotations from Wikiquote|
|Database entry Q41421 on Wikidata|
- Michael Jordan on the Open Directory Project
- Michael Jordan biography at the Wayback Machine (archived July 7, 2006) at NBA Encyclopedia
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com
- Michael Jordan at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame induction speech
- Michael Jordan at DatabaseBasketball.com
- Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Michael Jordan at the Internet Movie Database
- Michael Jordan Motorsports