Facts About Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan was born on 17 February 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. His parents, James and Deloris Jordan had originally named their son, Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
His father worked as a General Electric plant supervisor and his mother was a bank teller. Jordan was the fourth of five children born to his parents. He had two older brothers namely, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr. He also had an older sister, Deloris and a younger sister called Roslyn.
Facts about Michael Jordan:
After high school, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina (1981-1984). In the 1984 NBA draft, he was chosen with the third overall pick by the Chicago Bulls. As a rookie for the Bulls, he made an instant impact, averaging an astounding 28.2 points a game, including six games where he scored 40+ points. He was selected to the NBA All-Star Game and named Rookie of the Year. This was just the beginning of a career filled with awards and accolades. In the upcoming years, he went on to win five regular season MVP awards, six NBA championships, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP awards and a defensive player of the year award.
With a height of 6 feet 5 inches, his leaping ability earned him the nicknames ‘Air Jordan’ and ‘His Airness’. Michael's estimated hang time is 0.98 seconds. But by moving his arms and bending his legs, he probably could stretch that to 1.50 seconds, sometimes 2.00 seconds.
Jordan announced his retirement three times. The first news of his retirement came in 1993 after his father’s sudden demise. He made a comeback in 1995. In 1999, when he made a second time announcement of his retirement, he seemed almost positive that he would never play again. He proved himself wrong by his reappearance on the basketball court in 2001. Jordan finally retired for good in 2003.
Jordan married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989. They have two sons, Jeffery and Marcus, and a daughter, Jasmine. After 17 years of togetherness, Jordan and Juanita were formally divorced on December 29, 2006 citing the reason as incompatibility. Juanita received a 168 million dollars settlement, reportedly the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history on public record.
Jordan was also in news for his relationship with Karla Knafel, who he had supposedly paid 250,000 dollars to keep their relationship clandestine. On pregnancy, she had also threatened him with a paternity suit but a DNA test revealed that Jordan was not the father of the child.
Jordan set records in player salary by signing annual contracts worth 30 million dollars per season. He has also become an institution, with commercial endorsements running from Nike shoes, to Gatorade sports drinks, to Hanes underwear. He has also dabbled with acting as seen in the movie ‘Space Jam’.
Michael’s financial assets are worth millions today. The credit undeniably goes to his wizardry on the basketball court but one has to attribute a large chunk of the same to his astute business savoir-faire.
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