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Also Known As: Michael Jeffrey Jordan Died:
Born: February 17, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession:

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ame 1 against the Blazers saw Jordan unveil new weaponry in his already formidable arsenal, sinking six three-point shots and scoring 35 points in the first half ¿ a Finals record. The Bulls would win in six games. That summer, Jordan coalesced with a never-before-seen array of talent as the U.S. national team for the first time drew from pro players, forming what went heralded as the "Dream Team" for 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Jordan and Pippen joined Hall-of-Famers like Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, David Robinson, Karl Malone and John Stockton ¿ Isiah Thomas conspicuously went uninvited, a snub rumored to be at Jordan¿s request, among other players ¿ scorching international competition, and the team easily won the gold.The Bulls again stormed to the Finals in 1993 to square off with Jordan¿s off-court buddy Barkley. The much-hyped match between the two superstars made it the most-watched NBA Finals in league history, and Jordan set another Finals record by averaging 41 ppg and drawing his third Finals MVP as the Bulls won in six. In the summer of 1993, Jordan¿s life, cluttered with blanket media coverage, multiplying product endorsements and ad appearances, was turned upside down when...

ame 1 against the Blazers saw Jordan unveil new weaponry in his already formidable arsenal, sinking six three-point shots and scoring 35 points in the first half ¿ a Finals record. The Bulls would win in six games. That summer, Jordan coalesced with a never-before-seen array of talent as the U.S. national team for the first time drew from pro players, forming what went heralded as the "Dream Team" for 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Jordan and Pippen joined Hall-of-Famers like Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, David Robinson, Karl Malone and John Stockton ¿ Isiah Thomas conspicuously went uninvited, a snub rumored to be at Jordan¿s request, among other players ¿ scorching international competition, and the team easily won the gold.

The Bulls again stormed to the Finals in 1993 to square off with Jordan¿s off-court buddy Barkley. The much-hyped match between the two superstars made it the most-watched NBA Finals in league history, and Jordan set another Finals record by averaging 41 ppg and drawing his third Finals MVP as the Bulls won in six. In the summer of 1993, Jordan¿s life, cluttered with blanket media coverage, multiplying product endorsements and ad appearances, was turned upside down when his father was found murdered in North Carolina. As the NBA prepared for a new season that fall, Jordan made global headlines by announcing his retirement. He said he hoped to honor James Jordan¿s onetime dream for Michael to play Major League Baseball, and Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, also owner of the Chicago White Sox, acceded to put him on contract. Jordan went into the ChiSox¿ farm system for stints with the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions minor league clubs, but his talents proved less than Major League. Late in the 1994-95 season, he announced he would return to the Bulls. It injected some excitement into the struggling Bulls team and drew huge television numbers for the league, but Orlando ousted them in the playoffs¿ second round.

The next season, the Bulls added a new power forward: their old Pistons nemesis Rodman. Jackson again worked karmic magic in making the talents gel. The team racked up a phenomenal 72-10 record, the best regular-season tally in NBA history. Jordan resumed his 30 ppg scoring clip, won All-Star Game MVP trophy and the league¿s regular-season MVP laurel, and secured his fourth Finals MVP after the Bulls defeated the Seattle Supersonics for the title. Jordan¿s Arthurian return also gave rise to a movie project, "Space Jam" (1996). Building on high-profile Nike ads that had paired Jordan with Bugs Bunny, the Warner Bros. film saw Jordan transported into a cartoon dimension in order to help Bugs and his Looney Toons friends win their freedom from space aliens in an all-or-nothing basketball game. A cross-promotional event with most of Jordan¿s endorsees tied in, the film barely made its budget back with its $90 million U.S. box-office take, but it bore out Jordan¿s global drawing power by making $140 million overseas. The Bulls returned to the Finals of the 1996-97 season to take on the Utah Jazz. Jordan put on one of the most memorable performances in the history of sports in Game 5 of the series in what became known as "The Flu Game." He played in spite of a stomach virus that left him weak, dehydrated and at one point requiring physical help from Pippen to make it back to the bench. Jordan somehow found his gear as the play resumed and scored 38 points, including a last-second three-pointer to ice the game, giving the Bulls a 3-2 lead in the series. They would seal it the next game.

Jordan took another regular-season MVP trophy the next year, and the Bulls took their sixth title, again versus the Jazz. NBC¿s broadcasts of Jordan¿s final title run set a new ratings record for the NBA Finals. But in the off-season, Bulls management made the controversial decision not to re-sign Jackson. An irked Jordan decided not to return for the 1998-99 season. The previous summer, Forbes magazine had run a cover story breaking down his contribution to the NBA as a financial asset in his time in the league, attributing some $10 billion in revenues to Jordan¿s presence. The next year, Jordan purchased a stake in the Washington Wizards franchise and donned title of president of basketball operations. In the off-season of 2001, he hired his old coach Collins to helm the Wizards and began training for a second comeback. He suited up with the Wizards for the 2001-02 season to much ballyhoo and put up 22.9 ppg in an injury-shortened season.

Jordan¿s 13-year marriage to wife Juanita hit the rocks in 2002 as they filed for divorce, though they would decide to reconcile. Though he turned 40 during the 2002-03 season, he showed he was still able to put up 20 ppg, but the Wizards continued to struggle. Not used to losing, Jordan openly criticized teammates on a team that he had put together, and it became increasingly evident the season would be his last. The Wizards became the NBA¿s hottest roadshow and sold out opposing arenas as Jordan drew standing ovations. He played his final game at Philadelphia on April 16, 2003, scoring 15 points. His retirement took on a sour note when Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan from his front-office post. In 2006, Jordan¿s personal life made tabloids again when a former lover sued him for $5 million. The suit claimed she and Jordan had had an affair in 1991 and he had promised her that sum as a payoff to not file a paternity suit when she became pregnant. A DNA test proved Jordan was not the child¿s father, but he and Juanita divorced that year. Also in 2006, Jordan returned to NBA front-office spheres when he purchased a stake in the Charlotte Bobcats and took the helm of basketball operations. In 2009, Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. In 2010, he bought out Bobcats majority owner Robert L. Johnson. It marked the first time in NBA history that a former player had become a majority owner in a franchise. During the owner lockout that pushed back the 2011-12 NBA season, Jordan drew harsh criticism for siding with a hardliner group of team owners pushing to curtail the players union¿s share of basketball related income. That and the Bobcats¿ miserable record ¿ exacerbated by an ongoing tradition of failed draft picks begun during his Wizards tenure ¿ drew a number of sport writers to speculate that Jordan might be the worst owner-general manager in the league. Things were better on the personal front when in late-2011, Jordan announced his engagement to Puerto Rican model Yvette Prieto.

By Matthew Grimmies and Hanes ¿ and correlative Boy Scout image, professionally his ego grew with his skills and he developed a reputation as a trash-talking terror on court and a me-first player as a teammate. A Buddhist with a holistic sense of the game, Jackson brought a new temperament to the top-heavy Bulls, and Jordan¿s game shifted noticeably. The 1990-91 season saw him garner his second MVP laurel and, as importantly, become adept at drawing defenses and finding teammates for open shots. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Bulls crushed the Pistons in a four-game sweep ¿ spurring an infamous moment when Thomas led Pistons starters off the court before time expired without shaking the winners¿ hands ¿ and went on to face the Los Angeles Lakers in the Chicago franchise¿s first-ever NBA Finals appearance. Jordan and Pippen¿s relentless defense shut down Lakers superstar Magic Johnson and, in the clinching Game 5, Jordan again and again dished to guard John Paxson for open jump-shots in the fourth quarter to ice the game and Bulls¿ first NBA title. Jordan averaged an astounding 11.4 assists per game, plus 6.6 rebounds and 2.8 steals, along with his 31.2 ppg to win the Finals MVP award.

Over the hump, the Bulls dominated the next two seasons. Jordan took the regular-season MVP again in the 1991-92 season and returned to the Finals to face the Portland Trailblazers. G

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Hardball (2001)
3.
 Black and White (1999) Teen No 2
4.
 He Got Game (1998) Himself
5.
 Space Jam (1996) Himself
6.
8.
 There Are No Children Here (1993) Himself
9.
 Maxie (1985) Reporter
10.
 2000 Essence Awards, The (2000) Honoree
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Milestones close milestones

:
With family, moved from Brooklyn, NY to Wilmington, NC
1981:
Played for University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; made game-winning jump shot in 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown
1984:
With U.S. basketball team, won gold at summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, CA
1984:
Entered NBA draft; selected third overall by Chicago Bulls
1985:
Nike released first Air Jordan basketball shoe
1986:
Became only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season
1988:
Won his first NBA Most Valuable Player award
1990:
Led Chicago Bulls to "three-peat" NBA championships
1992:
Joined star-studded squad dubbed "the Dream Team" at Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain; team won gold
1993:
Announced retirement from basketball
1994:
Signed minor league baseball contract with Chicago White Sox
1995:
Announced return to basketball
1995:
With Bulls, dominated league with second "three-peat" championships
1996:
Made feature acting debut opposite Looney Tunes characters in "Space Jam"
1999:
Announced second retirement from basketball
2000:
Became part owner and President of Basketball Operations for Washington Wizards; briefly came out of retirement to play during 2001-02 season, but only lasted 60 games due to knee injury
2009:
Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
2010:
Became majority owner and head of basketball operations for Charlotte Bobcats
2012:
Featured in documentary "The Dream Team"
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Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill , North Carolina - 1981 - 1986

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