57 years ago, Michael Jordan entered the world and ever since then, the world-renowned basketball star has left an unforgettable mark on the world of sport. Here are 5 things worth knowing about the biggest basketball player of all time
5 Things You Should Know About Michael Jordan, The Best Basketball Player Of All Time!
Michael Jordan celebrated his 57th birthday on 17th February this year and for the occasion, we’ve decided to take a look back at this American’s career and reveal 5 interesting facts about him…
Before he became an icon in this sport and a household name all around the world, Michael Jordan was a regular employee just like everyone else. His first job was in the Wilmington hotel where he earned just under 120 dollars. According to Forbes magazine, Michael Jordan was the first athlete to become a billionaire, shortly followed Tiger Woods. Pretty impressive, right?!
We’re going to bust this myth now. Michael Jordan hasn’t always worn number 23 on his jersey. He has also worn numbers 5, 12 and 45. But the number he is most well-known for around the world is number 23. Since he retired, there have been no players at the Chicago Bulls who have worn this number on their jersey, and no players at Miami Heat either, despite the fact that he has never wore the colours reminiscent of this Florida team. And to think that originally he wanted to wear number 33…
Whenever Michael Jordan played a match in the finals, his team was always the winning team. Out of 9 undisputed finals matches, number 23 for the Bulls always left the stadium with the trophy. From his first final in 1982 in college basketball to his last in the NBA in 1998, including two Olympic titles in 1984 and 1992, Jordan has remained an undefeated champion.
His Airness and Air Jordan, these are the two nicknames that the Bull’s player accumulated over the course of his career. But why? Simply because of his exceptional ability to soar through the air for longer than usual. His speciality and legendary dunks always seemed to start this way. And his ability to perform these remarkable leaps consequently earned him amazing commercial success as well. His product endorser, Nike, even created a successful pair of shoes and a clothing line that bore this name.
We could finish off by mentioning the incredible 32292 points that Jordan scored during his career, making him the 3rd best scorer of all time, or we could even talk about the number of personal awards that he has accumulated as a result of his skill, but we think the fact that Jordan hasn’t always been just a professional basketball player is far more interesting
In 1994, he became a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox. He announced his return to the Bulls a year later with a two-word press release, ‘I’m Back’, which quickly became legendary.