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Transcript of MICHEAL JORDAN
Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games.cheal Jordan was born in Brooklyn,New York.His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler.Micheal Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he anchored his athletic career by playing baseball, football, and basketball. He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5'11" , he was deemed too short to play at that level. Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point games.The following summer, he grew four inches and trained rigorously. Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, Jordan averaged about 20 points per game over his final two seasons of high school play. As a senior, he was selected to the McDonald's All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists.ordan was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia.In 1981, Jordan accepted a basketball scholarship to North Carolina, where he majored in cultural geography. As a freshman in coach Dean Smith's team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 points per game on 53.4% shooting He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. Jordan later described this shot as the major turning point in his basketball career. During his three seasons at North Carolina, he averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting, and added 5.0 rebounds per game (. He was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team in both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons. After winning the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA Draft. The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers). One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center. Jordan returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.
During his first season in the NBA,He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas,and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated just over a month into his professional career.Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter in his rookie season.Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players, Controversy arose before the All-Star game when word surfaced that several veteran players, were upset by the amount of attention Jordan was receiving. This led to a so-called "freeze-out" on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game. The controversy left Jordan relatively unaffected when he returned to regular season play,and be voted Rookie of the Year. The Bulls finished the season 38–44, and lost in the first round of the playoffs in four games to the Milwaukee Bucks.Despite Jordan's injury and a 30–52 record,Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2.The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. Against a 1985–86 Boston Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history, Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2. The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series..Jordan's second season was cut short by a broken foot in the third game of the season, which caused him to miss 64 games.Jordan had recovered completely by the 1986–87 season, and had one of the most prolific scoring seasons in NBA history.He became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season,a league high 37.1 points on 48.2% shooting.the Bulls made the playoffs. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season. Despite Jordan's success, Magic Johnson won the league's Most Valuable Player Award. The Bulls reached 40 wins, and advanced to the playoffs for the third consecutive year. However, they were again swept by the Celtics..Jordan led the league in scoring again in the 1987–88 season, averaging 35.0 ppg on 53.5% shooting,and won his first league MVP award.He was also named Defensive Player of the Year The Bulls made it out of the first round of the playoffs for the first time in Jordan's career In the 1988–89 season, Jordan again led the league in scoring. The Bulls The Bulls finished with a 47–35 record,and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.The Bulls entered the 1989–90 season as a team on the rise, with their core group of Jordan and young improving players.They again advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals.However, despite pushing the series to seven games, the Bulls lost for the third consecutive season.In the 1990–91 season, Jordan won his second MVP award.The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in 16 years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season.They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and finally win.The Bulls advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history .In his first Finals appearance,ordan won his first NBA Finals MVP award,and he cried while holding the NBA Finals trophy. Jordan and the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991–92 season, establishing a 67–15 record, topping their franchise record from 1990 to 91.Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award ordan was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row.Jordan's streak of consecutive MVP seasons ended as he lost the award to his friend Charles Barkley. The Bulls captured their third consecutive NBA championship on a game-winning shot by John Paxson and a last-second block by Horace Grant, but Jordan was once again Chicago's catalyst. He averaged a Finals-record 41.0 ppg during the six-game series,and became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVP awards.He scored more than 30 points in every game of the series, including 40 or more points in 4 consecutive games. With his third Finals triumph, Jordan capped off a seven-year run where he attained seven scoring titles and three championships, but there were signs that Jordan was tiring of his massive celebrity and all of the non-basketball hassles in his life.Freshly motivated by the playoff defeat, Jordan trained aggressively for the 1995–96 season. Strengthened by the addition of rebound specialist Dennis Rodman, the Bulls dominated the league, starting the season 41–3,and eventually finishing with the best regular season record in NBA history: 72–10.Jordan led the league in scoring and won the league's regular season and All-Star Game MVP awards. In the playoffs, the Bulls lost only three games in four series in the NBA Finals to win the championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time.Because this was Jordan's first championship since his father's murder, and it was won on Father's Day, Jordan reacted very emotionally upon winning the title, including a memorable scene of him sobbing on the locker room floor with the game ball.In the 1996–97 season, the Bulls started out 69–11, but narrowly missed out on a second consecutive 70-win season by losing their final two games to finish 69–13.The Bulls again advanced to the Finals.The Bulls won 90–88 and went on to win the series in six games. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Jordan received the Finals MVP award.Jordan and the Bulls compiled a 62–20 record in the 1997–98 season.Jordan led the leaguesecuring his fifth regular-season MVP award, plus honors for All-NBA First Team, First Defensive Team and the All-Star Game MVP.The Bulls captured the Eastern Conference Championship for a third straight season.The Bulls returned to Utah for Game 6 on June 14, 1998 leading the series 3–2. Jordan executed a series of plays, considered to be one of the greatest clutch performances in NBA Finals history.With the Bulls trailing 86–83 with 41.9 seconds remaining..Jordan and the Bulls claimed their sixth NBA championship, and secured a second three-peat. Once again, Jordan was voted the Finals MVP. .Jordan's six Finals MVPs is a record. The 1998 Finals holds the highest television rating of any Finals series in history, and Game 6 holds the highest television rating of any game in NBA history.Playing in his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game in 2003, Jordan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in All-Star game history (a record since broken by Kobe Bryant). That year, Jordan was the only Washington player to play in all 82 games, starting in 67 of them.On February 21, 2003, Jordan became the first 40-year-old to tally 43 points in an NBA game. During his stint with the Wizards, all of Jordan's home games at the MCI Center were sold out, and the Wizards were the second most-watched team in the NBA, averaging 20,172 fans a game at home and 19,311 on the road. However, neither of Jordan's final two seasons resulted in a playoff appearance for the Wizards, and Jordan was often unsatisfied with the play of those around him.At several points he openly criticized his teammates to the media, citing their lack of focus and intensity, notably that of the number one draft pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, Kwame Brown.With the recognition that 2002–03 would be Jordan's final season, tributes were paid to him throughout the NBA. In his final game at his old home court, the United Center in Chicago, Jordan received a four-minute standing ovation.The Miami Heat retired the number 23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan had never played for the team.At the 2003 All-Star Game, Jordan was offered a starting spot from Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson, but refused both. In the end he accepted the spot of Vince Carter, who decided to give it up under great public pressure.Jordan's final NBA game was on April 16, 2003 in Philadelphia. After scoring only 13 points in the game, Jordan went to the bench with 4 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter and with his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers, 75–56. Just after the start of the fourth quarter, the First Union Center crowd began chanting "We want Mike!". After much encouragement from coach Doug Collins, Jordan finally rose from the bench and re-entered the game for Larry Hughes with 2:35 remaining. At 1:45, Jordan was intentionally fouled by the 76ers' Eric Snow, and stepped to the line to make both free throws. After the second foul shot, the 76ers in-bounded the ball to rookie John Salmons, who in turn was intentionally fouled by Bobby Simmons one second later, stopping time so that Jordan could return to the bench. Jordan received a three-minute standing ovation from his teammates, his opponents, the officials and a crowd of 21,257 fans.Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal-winning American basketball teams. As a college player he participated, and won the gold, in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The team was coached by Bob Knight and featured players such as Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin, Steve Alford, and Wayman Tisdale. Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 ppg for the tournament.finishing second on the team in scoring.Jordan and fellow Dream Team members Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin are the only American men's basketball players to win Olympic gold as amateurs and professionals.
After hisJordan assumed that he would be able to return to his front office position of Director of Basketball Operations with the Wizards.However, his previous tenure in the Wizards' front office had produced the aforementioned mixed results and may have also influenced the trade of Richard "Rip" Hamilton for Jerry Stackhouse.On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin fired Jordan as Washington's President of Basketball Operations.Since 2004, Jordan has owned Michael Jordan Motorsports, a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team that competes with two Suzukis in the premier Superbike class sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).
Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats, becoming the team's second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. Johnson. As part of the deal, Jordan was named "Managing Member of Basketball Operations," with full control over the basketball side of the operation. Despite Jordan's previous success as an endorser, he has made an effort not to be included in Charlotte's marketing campaigns.In February 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats.In February 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats.On March 17, the NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved Jordan's purchase, making him the first former NBA player ever to become the majority owner of a league franchise.During the 2011 NBA lockout, The New York Times wrote that Jordan led a group of 10 to 14 hardline owners wanting to cap the players' share of basketball-related income at 50 percent and as low as 47. Journalists observed that, during the labor dispute in 1998, Jordan had told Washington Wizards then-owner Abe Pollin, "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team.. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today.