Think of a man who is athletic, a man who dominated the basketball court from 1984-2003. Now add 6 national championships, 5 NBA MVP awards, and a Rookie of the Year award during his first season in the NBA. This man is known as the most decorated player in the NBA and the most well known athlete around the world. This man I am speaking of is Michael Jordan. BODY: According to www. biography. com Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York,. Jordan spent a lot of his early life playing in little league basketball games and later continued to play basketball in high school. —slide—- After tough consideration, Jordan enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981 and soon became an important member of the school’s basketball team. His team won the NCAA Division I National Championships in 1982 with Jordan scoring the final basket needed to defeat Georgetown University. He was also singled out as the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and in 1984. During the summer of 1984, Jordan made his first appearance in the Olympics as a member of the U. S. basketball team, which won the gold at the games held in Los Angeles.
Later, Jordan helped the United States bring home the gold at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. —slide—- Jordan left college after his junior year to join the NBA. Drafted by the Chicago Bulls, he soon proved himself on the court. He helped the team make it to the playoffs and scored an average of 28. 2 points per game that season. For his efforts, Jordan received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was selected for the All-Star Game. In 1985, he finished his bachelor’s degree in geography and continued to play basketball professionally.
While his second season was cut short by injury, Jordan was breaking new ground on the court during the 1986-1987 season. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to score more than 3,000 points in a single season. The following season, Jordan received his first Most Valuable Player Award from NBA—an honor he would earn four more times in 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1998. By the late 1980s, the Chicago Bulls was quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, and Jordan was an instrumental part of the team’s success.
The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1990 and won their first NBA championship the following year by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers. A rising NBA superstar, Jordan became known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities. He eventually landed several endorsement deals with such companies as Nike, which further pushed him into the spotlight. In 1992, the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second NBA championship title.
The team took their third championship the following year, dominating in the basketball world. Jordan, however, had other things on his mind. He lost his father, James, to an act of violence after the end of the 1992-1993 season. In March 1995, however, Jordan returned to the basketball court. He rejoined the Chicago Bulls and eventually helped them win the championship against the Seattle Sonics in the 1995-1996 season. That same year, Jordan made a big splash in another arena—film—as the star of Space Jam (1996).
The film mixed live action and animation and paired Jordan with cartoon legends Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck on screen. Thefollowing season Jordan came back even stronger, averaging 30. 4 points per game. Starting all 82 games that season, he helped the team finish the regular season with 72 wins and clinch a win in the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz. The two teams faced each other again for the championships in 1998, and Jordan helped the Bulls beat them for the second year in a row. Retiring after the 1997-1998 season, Jordan did not stray from the sport for too long.
He joined the Washington Wizards as a part owner and as president of basketball operations. In the fall of 2001, Jordan relinquished these roles to return the court once more. He played for the Wizards for two seasons before hanging up his jersey for good in 2003. CONCLUSION: So, after so many championships and being decorated with metal and awards, Michael Jordan has earned the title of the best basketball player alive. To top off his career, he made sure his name would be recognized all over the world for many years to come.