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Although Michael Jordan made a name for himself as a basketball player, he has added a number of other achievements to his r sum as well. He's been an Olympic athlete, an actor, and a successful businessperson throughout his career. Jordan's main claim to fame was his leadership of the Chicago Bulls to six National Basketball Association championships, and he also earned the NBA's Most Valuable Player Award five times over the course of his career. These achievements made Michael Jordan the most decorated NBA player in history.
Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, NY, on Feb. 17, 1963. Jordan grew up with one older brother, two older sisters, and one younger sister. He was raised in Wilmington, NC, and displayed a strong sense of competition from a young age. Jordan played baseball, football, and basketball in high school, becoming a McDonald's All-American for basketball in his senior year. He then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he joined the school's basketball team. From the start, Jordan was a prominent member of the team, and they won the NCAA Division I championship in 1982. In 1983 and 1984, Michael Jordan was named the NCAA College Player of the Year. He was also selected for the U.S. Olympic team, winning gold at the Summer Games in Los Angeles.
Finding Fame With the Chicago Bulls
After Jordan completed his junior year of college, he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and left to join the NBA. During his first season with the Bulls, he scored an average of 28.2 points each game, and the team made it to the playoffs. Jordan continued to work toward his bachelor's degree in geography, graduating in 1985, but at the same time, he played for the Bulls. His second professional season was a struggle due to an injury, but even so, he managed to score more than 3,000 points. As Jordan's skills continued to stand out, the Chicago Bulls began to enjoy impressive success. In 1991, the Bulls won their first NBA championship when they beat the Los Angeles Lakers. Jordan was earning a reputation not only for his playing but also for his ability to lead his teammates.
The Dream Team
Meanwhile, Jordan was able to return to the worldwide stage as part of the 1992 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, commonly known as the Dream Team. This was the first year that a U.S. Olympic team included professional players, and many considered this team to be the finest sports team ever put together. The team dominated in Barcelona, taking home the gold.
More Success in Chicago
The Chicago Bulls repeated their performance in 1992, this time beating the Portland Trail Blazers to win the NBA championship. The next year, the Bulls took home the NBA championship for the third year in a row. In 1993, Jordan left the Bulls, deciding to try his hand at baseball, but in 1995, he was back on the Bulls roster, and he led them to the NBA championship again in the 1995-96 season. Jordan continued to up his performance in the next year, starting in every game of the season and averaging 30.4 points per game. The NBA championship that year pitted the Bulls against the Utah Jazz, with the Bulls coming out on top.
Jordan retired after the 1997-98 basketball season and joined the Washington Wizards as president of basketball operations and a part-owner. But in 2001, Jordan stepped down from these positions so he could play basketball again. He ended up playing for the Wizards for two seasons before he retired permanently in 2003.
Since retiring from basketball, Michael Jordan has involved himself in many business ventures. He has secured endorsement deals with Nike, Hanes, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Wheaties, and products from clothing to cologne have gotten his endorsement or even carried his name.
Jordan has been involved in other non-basketball ventures as well, starting with his starring role in the movie Space Jam in 1996. And in 1998, he opened his own steakhouse in New York City. But he has continued to be involved with the NBA: He bought a share of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, eventually becoming majority owner.