Not a lot of words can be spared when it comes to Michael Jordan.
His name is synonymous with basketball and his picture performing a slam dunk marks the definition of this sport on the online encyclopedia.
As the most known and loved basketball player of all times, he is the holder of numerous records, titles and awards.
Five-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, he was referred to by the same association as “possibly the best player ever to wear the uniform of an NBA team” and was named by ESPN in 1999 “the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century”.
Charismatic and innovative, he used to entertain the crowds with his versatile game, his leaps and high scoring. Having a set of moves defining his signature style, he became unstoppable in his drive to the basket.
Because of his great defensive game, for which he was awarded back in 1988 the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, he was selected the anchor man for the Dream Team for the 1992 Olympics featuring other great names like Magic Jonson, Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone, Clyde Drexler, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, David Robinson, Charles Barkley and Christian Laettner.
But he came a long way before the Dream Team and the Olympics of 1992.
Right after high school, he started playing for the University of North Carolina, where he had earned a basketball scholarship. He was selected by the Chicago Bulls only after three seasons with the UNC, in 1984, when he started his fulminating ascension.
The first participation to the NBA All-Star Game and the title Rookie of the Year only consolidated his path towards professional basketball. In the years that followed he had fourteen participations to the NBA All-Star Game and won three All-Star Game awards, six NBA Championships, six NBA finals MVP awards.
Sadly, in 1993, he decided to retire while still in full glory, for a reason of huge emotional impact: the sudden passing of his father, murdered in a robbery near the Interstate.
Yet in 1994 he signed a contract, this time with a baseball minor-league team, making an impact comeback to professional basketball one year later, in 1995. Not the best season for Michael though, and this only raised concern in the media about his ability to play ball to the same standards as before his retirement, since he showed a little off hand.
The following season for the Chicago Bulls featuring Michael Jordan back in the team was the most prolific in NBA history, with no less than 72 victories.
He last played for the Chicago Bulls the 1997/1998 season and in the off-season he has announced his retirement from professional basketball for the second time in his career.
In 2000 his entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in Washington Wizards where he became president for basketball operations while also a part-owner. Later, in 2001 he decided to play for Washington Wizards making one last comeback at the age of thirty eight.
Intensively marketed during his career, nicknamed “Air Jordan” or “His Airness” for his incredible ability to leap, Michel Jordan signed many contracts with huge brands in sports wear and apparel where he has a full line named after him. He also endorses several beverages and breakfast cereals, owns a signature perfume and also starred the animated movie “Space Jam”.
He also acted as an ambassador for the NBA around the world during the eighties and nineties.
As an active entrepreneur, he was involved in a few restaurant ventures and also acted in different corporate boards.
On a personal level, he married his high school sweetheart Juanita in 1989 and they have two sons together, Jeffrey and Marcus, and a daughter, Jasmine.
Michael Jordan scored more points per game than any other player in the history of the NBA: he reached a 30.1 average, while his 32,292 career points scored make him the third most successful player in NBA history.
His trademark “fade away” shots and leaping ability best shown in the slam dunk championships are considered to have influenced many generations of young basketball players, thus confirming that Michael Jordan is truly one of the greatest player of all times.