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A young Michael Jordan

 

  Michael Jordan was born on February 17th 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, as the fourth of five children.

 

  After being named College Player of the Year, Jordan turned pro in 1984.

 

  In the 1984 draft, Jordan was the third pick after Hakeem Olajuwon by Houston, and Sam Bowie by Portland.

 

  Jordan set the scene for the future when, as a North Carolina freshman, he nailed a 17 foot jumper with 15 seconds left on the clock to give N.C. the 1998 NCAA Championship over Georgetown.

 

  Jordan was named Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1983 and again in 1984.

 


The Jordan stare.
Intimidation at its best !

 

  Jordan was named on the Sporting News All-American first team in 1983 and 1984.

 

  Jordan was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1984/85.

 

  During his career, Michael Jordan was to win five regular season Most Valuable Player awards.

  • 1987/88
  • 1990/91
  • 1991/92
  • 1995/96
  • 1997/98
 

  Jordan won three consecutive NBA Finals MVPs on two occasions.

  • 1991 - 1993
  • 1996 - 1998
 

  Jordan was the second player to win seven straight scoring titles in 1986/87 through to 1992/93. Wilt Chamberlain was the other player (1960 - 1966).

 


Anti-gravity machine!

 

  Jordan also took out the scoring title in:-

  • 1995/96
  • 1996/97
  • 1997/98
 

  Jordan was named on the All-NBA first team seven straight years, 1987 - 1993. He was also named from 1996 - 1998, and 2002-2003.

 

  He was named on the All-Defence first team six straight years, 1988 - 1993. He was also named 1996 - 1998. A record nine times altogether.

 

  Jordan was  the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1988.

 

  During his career he scored 50 points or more on an amazing 37 occasions.

 


Trademark Jordan !

 

  Michael was to win two NBA Slam Dunk Championships, in 1987 and 1988.

 

  During his career, Jordan won the NBA All-Star Game MVP three times.

  • 1988
  • 1996
  • 1998
 

  Jordan was the Bulls' all-time leading scorer and scored 32292 points in his whole career.

 

  Michael scored a play-off record 63 points in a 1986 first round game against Boston.

 

  In 1987, Jordan set an NBA record with 23 consecutive points against Atlanta.

 


Whether he wore #45 or #23....... it was the same. Simply unstoppable.

 

  In the 1986/87 season, his 3041 points were the third highest total in NBA history.

 

  Jordan holds the record for the highest points per game average  with 30.12.

 

  Jordan shares single-game record for most free throws in one quarter, 14, at Utah (4th quarter) in 1989, and at Miami (4th Quarter) in 1992.

 

  Jordan's  scoring average in All-Star Games was 20.2 points per game. This is the 4th highest in NBA history.

 

  He also holds the highest scoring average in NBA Finals with 41.0 against Phoenix in 1993.

 


The angelic Jordan ........ but just as dangerous !

 

  Michael holds the record for the most points scored in a 6 game NBA Finals Series, with 246 points against Phoenix in 1993.

 

  Jordan has scored the most field goals in NBA Finals, with 101 against Phoenix in 1993.

 

  He also holds career record for highest points per game average in play-offs with 33.4 points per game.

 

  Michael holds the NBA Finals single game record for most points in one half, 35.

 

  Michael led the Bulls to three straight World Championships, twice.

  • 90/91 to 92/93
  • 95/96 to 97/98
 


"If you build it .............
 He will come"  !!!

 

  Michael won two Olympic Gold Medals, as a member of the United States basketball team, at the Olympic Games in:-

  • 1984 at Los Angeles
  • 1992 at Barcelona
 

  Michael was a member of the North Carolina National Championship team in 1982.

 

  Michael was to be the  Bulls No. 1 draft pick in 1984, third overall behind Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston) and Sam Bowie (Portland).

 

  Michael scored his career personal best 69 points, on March 28th 1990, against Cleveland.

 

In 1996, Jordan was named as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History."

 


Thirsty work !

 

Jordan was a member of six Chicago Bulls NBA championship teams:

  • 1990-91
  • 1991-92
  • 1992-93
  • 1995-96
  • 1996-97
  • 1997-98
 

He closed the 1997-98 season as the Bulls all-time franchise leader in points, rebounds (5836), assists (5012), steals, games (930), field goals made and attempted, and free throws made and attempted.

 

He holds the NBA record for the most seasons leading the league in scoring (10 times).

 

Jordan holds the NBA record for the most consecutive games scoring in double digits. An amazing 842 games!

 

He also holds the NBA record for most seasons leading the league in field goals made (10) and attempted (10).

 


Back in # 23

 

Jordan led the NBA in steals in 1987-88 (3.16 spg), 1989-90 (2.77 spg) and 1992-93 (2.83 spg).

 

He holds the NBA single-game records for most free throws made in one half (20 against Miami Heat on 30th December 1992) and most free throws attempted in one half (23 in the same game).

 

He holds the NBA Finals record for highest single-series scoring average (41.0 ppg in 1993).

 

During his amazing career, Jordan recorded playoff career triple-doubles, both against the New York Knicks (9th May 1989 and 2nd June 1993).

 

Altogether, Jordan participated in 13 NBA All-Star Games.

  • 1985
  • 1987-1993
  • 1996-1998
  • 2002-2003

He missed another through injury, and others through temporary retirement.

 


Even Michael feels frustration sometimes.

 

Jordan is the all-time NBA All-Star Game leader in steals (37), and ranks second in field-goal attempts (233), third in points (262), fourth in scoring average (20.2 ppg) and eighth in assists (54).

 

Jordan notched the first triple double in All-Star Game history, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in the 1997 NBA All-Star Game in Cleveland.

 

He reached his 28th career triple double, with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, against the Toronto Raptors on 14th April 1997.

 

In his first game after returning from retirement on 19th March 1995, Jordan posted 19 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 43 minutes against the Indiana Pacers.

 

Michael Jordan wasn't able to lead the Wizards to the playoffs. But he did get them close, helping restore respectability to a franchise that had nearly hit rock bottom.

 


The Jordan smile !

 

Two nights after scoring a then career low six points in a loss at Indiana, Jordan silenced his critics by exploding for an MCI Centre record 51 points in a win over Charlotte.

 

In that game, Jordan became the oldest NBA player (38) to score 50 points in a game.

 

  In his first game against his former Bulls team, Jordan scored a game-high 29 points to surpass the 30000 point plateau for his career.

 

In perhaps his best all-round performance as a Wizard, Jordan logged a staggering 53 minutes while contributing 41 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in an epic 107-104 double over-time victory against Indiana.

 

In that particular game, Jordan scored 16 points in the final quarter and made a key defensive stop on Pacers forward, Al Harrington late in the game.

 

All iced-up!

 

Two weeks after turning 40, Jordan turned back the clock one last time. He pumped 43 points in 43 minutes to keep the Wizards' playoff hopes alive with an 89-86 win over the Nets.

 

In that game he became the first player his age to score over 40 points in a game.

 

In 1999, Michael Jordan was named "Athlete of the Century" by ESPN. Jordan beat Babe Ruth for the honour.

 

During the 1985-86 NBA season, Jordan missed 64 games with a broken foot.

 

On January 29th 1988, Jordan had 10 steals in a game against New Jersey.

 


A young Michael Jordan

 

TIn 1993, Jordan became the first player in NBA history to win three consecutive  Finals MVPs.

 

During that series, he recorded the highest average in NBA Finals with 41.0 ppg. He lead the Bulls to a third straight title.

 

On April 8th 1994, Michael Jordan started his first pro baseball game. During the following season, he batted .202 with 51 RBI, 30 stolen bases and 114 strikeouts in 127 games.

 

On November 1st 1994, the Chicago Bulls retired Jordan's Number 23 and unveiled a statue of him in front of the United Centre.

 

In 1996, in his first season back after returning from baseball, Jordan helped the Bulls to an NBA title. The bulls won a season-record 72 games and Jordan wins his eighth scoring title. He was also named regular season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and All-Star Game MVP.

 


Farewell, Michael

 

 

On Wednesday 16th April 2003, Michael Jordan walked off the court for the final time. At age 40, after fifteen seasons spanning twenty years, Jordan finally pulled down the curtain on a brilliant and distinguished career. A career, which included ten scoring titles, six championships, five MVP awards, two comebacks and a never ending  list of magical moments. Moments that will never be forgotten!

Sports Card World recognizes not only the contribution that Michael Jordan has made to basketball and sport in general, but also acknowledges the significant impact that he has had on the sports-card hobby in particular.

During his career, Michael has been an inspiration to every young athlete who has ever dreamed of reaching the top. Jordan's artistry, power, grace, athleticism and sheer brilliance will be missed by sporting fans all over the world.

Michael Jordan waves to fans as he walks off the court for the final time. The Wizards lost to the Philadelphia 76ers.


Michael Jordan: The Numbers

Career Shooting Stats
 

Year

G

FG

FGA

FG%

FG3

FG3A

FG3%

FT

FTA

FT%

PTS

AVG

84-85

82

837

1625

51.5

9

52

17.3

630

746

84.5

2313

28.2

85-86

18

150

328

45.7

3

18

16.7

105

125

84.0

408

22.7

86-87

82

1098

2279

48.2

12

66

18.2

833

972

85.7

3041

37.1

87-88

82

1069

1998

53.5

7

53

13.2

723

860

84.1

2868

35.0

88-89

81

966

1795

53.8

27

98

27.6

674

793

85.0

2633

32.5

89-90

82

1034

1964

52.6

92

245

37.6

593

699

84.8

2753

33.6

90-91

82

990

1837

53.9

29

93

31.2

571

671

85.1

2580

31.5

91-92

80

943

1818

51.9

27

100

27.0

491

590

83.2

2404

30.1

92-93

78

992

2003

49.5

81

230

35.2

476

569

83.7

2541

32.6

94-95

17

166

404

41.1

16

32

50.0

109

136

80.1

457

26.9

95-96

82

916

1850

49.5

111

260

42.7

548

657

83.4

2491

30.4

96-97

82

920

1892

48.6

111

297

37.4

480

576

83.3

2431

29.6

97-98

82

881

1893

46.5

30

126

23.8

565

721

78.4

2357

28.7

01-02

60

551

1324

41.6

10

53

18.9

263

333

79.0

1375

22.9

02-03

82

679

1527

44.5

16

55

29.1

266

324

82.1

1640

20.0

TOTAL

1072

12192

24537

49.7

581

1778

32.7

7327

8772

83.5

32292

30.1

 

More Jordan Stats
 

Year

G

MIN

REB

RAVG

A

AAVG

STL

SAVG

BLK

BAVG

84-85

82

3144

534

6.5

481

5.9

196

2.4

69

0.8

85-86

18

451

64

3.6

53

2.9

37

2.1

21

1.2

86-87

82

3281

430

5.2

377

4.6

236

2.9

125

1.5

87-88

82

3311

449

5.5

485

5.9

259

3.2

131

1.6

88-89

81

3255

652

8.0

650

8.0

234

2.9

65

0.8

89-90

82

3197

565

6.9

519

6.3

227

2.8

54

0.7

90-91

82

3034

492

6.0

453

5.5

223

2.7

83

1.0

91-92

80

3102

511

6.4

489

6.1

182

2.3

75

0.9

92-93

78

3067

522

6.7

428

5.5

221

2.8

61

0.8

94-95

17

668

117

6.9

90

5.3

30

1.8

13

0.8

95-96

82

3090

543

6.6

352

4.3

180

2.2

42

0.5

96-97

82

3106

482

5.9

352

4.3

140

1.7

44

0.5

97-98

82

3181

475

5.8

283

3.5

141

1.7

45

0.5

01-02

60

2093

339

5.7

310

5.2

85

1.4

26

0.4

02-03

82

3031

497

6.1

311

3.8

123

1.5

39

0.5

TOTAL

1072

41011

6672

6.2

5633

5.3

2514

2.3

893

0.8

 

NBA Playoff Record - Chicago Bulls
 
Year

GP

FGM-FGA PCT FTM/FTA PCT
84-85 4 34/78 .436 48/58 .828
85-86 3 48/95 .505 34/39 .872
86-87 3 35/84 .417 35/39 .897
87-88 10 138/260 .531 86/99 .869
88-89 17 199/390 .510 183/229 .799
89-90 16 219/426 .514 133/159 .836
90-91 17 197/376 .524 125/148 .845
91-92 22 290/581 .499 162/189 .857
92-93 18 251/528 .475 136/169 .805
94-95 10 120/248 .484 64/79 .810
95-96 18 187/407 .459 153/187 .818
96-97 19 227/498 .456 123/148 .831
97-98 21 243/526 .462 181/223 .812
Total 179 2188/4497 .487 1463/1766 .828

 

NBA Playoff Record - Continued
 
Year 3 Pt PCT REB AST PPG
84-85 1/8 .125 23 34 29.3
85-86 1/1 1.00 19 17 43.7
86-87 2/5 .400 21 18 35.7
87-88 1/3 .333 71 47 36.3
88-89 10/35 .286 119 130 34.8
89-90 16/50 .320 115 109 36.7
90-91 10/26 .385 108 142 31.1
91-92 17/44 .386 137 127 34.5
92-93 28/72 .389 128 114 35.1
94-95 11/30 .367 165 45 31.5
95-96 25/62 .403 89 74 30.7
96-97 13/67 .194 150 91 31.1
97-98 13/43 .302 107 74 32.4
Totals 148/446 .332 1152 1022 33.4

 


Michael Jordan: Career Highlights

 

March 29th 1982

Michael sinks the winning shot in the game against Georgetown. With just 15 seconds remaining on the clock, Jordan's jump shot secures the 63-62 win in the 1982 NCAA Championship.

 

November 5th 1985

Jordan suffered the only serious injury of his career when he broke the navicular tarsal bone in his left foot three games into the season.

Jordan sat out 64 games before returning late in the season.

 

April 21st 1986

When he returned from injury, Jordan only played 18 games and averaged a career low 22.7 points per game.

But in the play-offs against Boston, Jordan showed that the foot injury didn't cripple his game. Jordan was to set a play-off record of 63 points in Game 2 against the Celtics

 

February 7th 1987

During the All-Star Weekend in Seattle, he won his first Slam Dunk contest.

His most memorable slam was his "Superman Slam" where he soared towards the basket and threw the ball down as he zoomed past the rim.

 

1987

Jordan finished the 1986-87 season with an average of 37.1 points per game to capture his first scoring title. It wouldn't be his last as he also won scoring crowns in 1988-93 and '96-98. He was also voted first team all-NBA for the first time. He would earn that honour again in 1988-93 and '96-98.

 

February 5th 1988

How does Jordan top the Superman dunk? By paying tribute to Julius Erving. At the 1988 All-Star Game Weekend at Chicago Stadium, Jordan won the Slam Dunk contest. His dunk, after taking off from the foul line, brought the house down.

 

1988

 Jordan was named the league's Most Valuable Player. He would also be named MVP in 1991, '92, '96 and '98. Jordan did more than score that year -- he was also named to the first team all-Defensive team that season. He would receive that honor eight other times (1989-93, '96-98).

 

May 7th 1989

Remember when some people said Jordan wasn't a threat from the outside (they seemed to have forgotten his shot against Georgetown)? Jordan sank a jumper, despite defensive pressure from Craig Ehlo, at the buzzer as the Bulls beat Cleveland 101-100 in a loser-out game of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

 

March 28th 1990

Just in case Jordan didn't think he tormented Cavalier fans enough, he decided to drop 69 points in the 117-113 overtime win at Cleveland. Jordan made 23 of 37 shots from the field and 21 of 23 free throws. He also grabbed 18 rebounds, 11 defensive. Ehlo, by the way, scored 26 for the Cavs.

 

June 12th 1991

Jordan and the Bulls spotted the Lakers the first game in the NBA Finals before winning four straight to claim Chicago's first title. Jordan averaged 31.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 8.4 assists during the postseason. He also was named the MVP of the NBA Finals.

 

June 14th 1992

Who can forget Jordan shrugging to the courtside media during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Blazers? Jordan torched the Blazers by making six 3-pointers in the first half to set a NBA Finals record by scoring 35 points before halftime. Jordan was the Finals MVP once again and averaged 34.5 points for the postseason.

 

June 20th 1993

Jordan met up with his pal Charles Barkley in the NBA Finals. The Bulls won their third straight title by ousting the Suns in six games. Big surprise -- Jordan was named MVP for the Finals for the third straight year after averaging 41.0 points against the Suns, a NBA Finals record.

 

October 6th 1993

Jordan stuns the world by announcing his retirement from basketball at age 30. Jordan says he retired because he had nothing to prove in basketball. His father, James, was murdered earlier that summer in North Carolina. Jordan retired with the highest career scoring average in NBA history at 32.3 points per game.

 

April 8th 1994

On Feb. 7, 1994, Jordan signs a professional baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox. He is assigned to the Class AA Birmingham Barons and makes his debut on April 8. He ends the season with a .202 average with 30 stolen bases, 51 RBI and 114 strikeouts in 127 games.

 

November 1st 1994

The Bulls pay tribute to Jordan by retiring his No. 23. Why did Jordan pick No. 23? Jordan's favorite number growing up was No. 45. When Jordan got to high school, his older brother, Larry, wore No. 45. So Jordan decided to split that in half -- 22. So he rounded it up to No. 23.

 

March 19th 1995

Jordan just couldn't stay away from basketball. With baseball sidelined by a players' strike, Jordan decided to return to the Bulls. He made his return against the Pacers, and a rusty Jordan (wearing No. 45) scored 19 points in the 103-96 overtime loss. On March 29, he shook off the rust by dropping a double-nickel (55 points) against the Knicks.

 

June 16th 1996

Just in case anyone wondered how much Jordan meant to the Bulls, in his first full season since his premature retirement, Jordan powers the Bulls to the NBA championship. He is named MVP for the Finals after averaging 27.3 points against Seattle.

 

October 29th 1996

The NBA, to publicize the league's 50th anniversary, decided to honor the game's 50 Greatest Players. We don't know if the vote was unanimous, but you know Jordan was one of the locks for that team.

 

June 13th 1997

Jordan finally had a ring for each finger on his hand as the Bulls beat the Jazz in six games for their fifth title of the decade. Jordan again was named MVP of the Finals by averaging 32.3 points while getting a measure of revenge against Utah's Karl Malone, who ended Jordan's streaks of being named the regular season MVP.

 

May 18th 1998

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Bill Russell. Michael Jordan. They are the only players to be named the NBA's regular season Most Valuable Player at least five times. Chamberlain and Jordan have each won the award five times. Abdul-Jabbar won it six times. Yeah, but Jordan sat out almost two full seasons in his prime while he tried to hit a baseball.

 

June 14th 1998

The Jazz must know how Craig Ehlo felt after Jordan got the best of Utah on the national stage again. Jordan delivered the final blow, sinking the game-winning jumper with 5.2 seconds left after faking out Bryon Russell. Jordan was named Finals MVP for the sixth time, averaging 33.5 points against the Jazz.

temporary

January 13th 1999

Some held out hope that he'd change his mind right to the end, but Michael Jordan sat at a podium at the United Center and told the world that he won't be coming back to the Bulls. "I played it to the best I could play it. I tried to be the best basketball player I could be," Jordan said.

 

January 19th 2000

Joins the Washington Wizards as part-owner and president of basketball operations. Jordan also acquires an ownership stake in the Washington Capitals.

 

September 25th, 2001

Jordan announces his return to the game, agreeing to a two-year deal to play for the Wizards. "I am returning as a player to the game I love. I am especially excited about the Washington Wizards, and I'm convinced we have the foundation on which to build a playoff-contention team."

 

April 16, 2003

 Michael Jordan's fabulous career comes to an end amid cheers and tears. His Washington Wizards are trounced 107-87 by the Philadelphia 76ers.  Perhaps the greatest player in NBA history, Jordan scored 15 points in his finale to a 15-year career. 

 


What Others Said

Michael Jordan retired three times during his career.  Many things were said by many people each time.  Here is a selection of quotes.

"It's sad for everyone to see the greatest basketball player in the world come to that conclusion. There comes a time in every player's career that he has to make that decision, and he feels it's his time."

Former NBA superstar, Larry Bird

"When I lay my head down on the pillow at night, I'll know there was one guy I never had a chance to beat. It doesn't look like I'll get another chance. That bothers me."

NBA Coach,  Pat Riley

"His game speaks for itself. With all his off-the-court marketing and everything he did, it makes me want to do something like that in my life. He set a standard for everybody."

NBA great, Allen Iverson

"There are few names that even come close to being associated with Michael Jordan in the sports world: Babe Ruth and Muhammed Ali. And as great as those two names were, Michael Jordan competed in a world that was much more wired."

Founder of Nike, Phil Knight

"We're going to miss him, but he's leaving on his terms. He's leaving with championships. He's leaving with a ton of accomplishments. But the NBA will be all right. I think the league will survive without a dominant, Michael Jordan-type player."

NBA great, Grant Hill 

"I'll tell my grandchildren I got to play against him. I'm going to miss seeing his aerial, acrobatic moves."

Shaquille O'Neal 

"I feel responsible as a young player to try to carry on the tradition that he and other players have developed, both on and off the court."

Lakers Guard, Kobe Bryant

"I don't think anyone's ready to take the baton. Michael is the Babe Ruth, and that's the truth. If we're waiting for one guy, we're going to be waiting for a long, long time."

Sports Analyst, Doc Rivers

"This is a day I hoped would never come. It has to be the toughest day in the history of the Chicago Bulls."

Bulls Owner, Jerry Reinsdorf

"For our own selfish reasons, we never wanted to see Michael Jordan retire. He represented our personal flight of fantasy about what great things an individual can do , and he made them look so easy."

Ex Bulls Coach, Phil Jackson

"He's won one more championship than I did. He'll be rubbing it into my face for eternity."

Retired Los Angeles Lakers star, Magic Johnson

"Every player should take some of the money out of his pocket and give it to Michael Jordan," retired Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson said. "He is the reason they are making it."

Retired Los Angeles Lakers star, Magic Johnson

"I always got the sense that Michael was consumed with the game, consumed with winning and competing. Every day was a war in practice and in games. That was the focus. He could put on a show every single night. It just never ceased. Every arena was sold out. Every fan was there to see him. And no matter how tired he was, he never disappointed."

Former Bulls guard, Steve Kerr

"I don't think he tarnished his legacy whatsoever. What he did just reinforced in everyone's mind how great a player he truly is. To come back at that age with a team that's not a championship team and almost get that team to the playoffs, that says a lot."

New York coach, Don Chaney

"Every player in the NBA has been influenced by him.  This whole generation is a reflection of wanting to be like him."

Seattle's,  Ray Allen

"He's the greatest to ever put on a pair of basketball shoes."

Toronto's, Vince Carter

 

The Final Word
 

Michael Jordan has had a profound impact on the game of basketball.

Since Jordan joined the NBA in 1984 after leading the US Olympic team to gold in Los Angeles, NBA attendance has doubled to more than 20 million people a season.

US television viewership of the NBA has more than doubled to more than 100 million people. Throw in another 2.5 billion watching in the rest of the world and one begins to comprehend the scope of Jordan's impact.

The number of international players in the NBA has grown from eight when Jordan began to 68 as he departs.

In many ways, Jordan helped open the NBA to China's Yao Ming, Germany's Dirk Nowitzki, Australia's Andrew Gaze, Africa's Dikembe Mutombo and dozens more.

The average player salary has skyrocketed from $325,000  to four million dollars. From landmark endorsement deals to souvenir sales to likeness rights and record television deals, Jordan has lifted the money to new heights. And he has lifted the game to new heights as well.

In addition, Sports Card World recognizes the outstanding contribution made to the sports card hobby by Michael Jordan.

We salute a living legend ....... Arguably, the greatest athlete ever !

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