Michael Jordan : biography
In August 2009, the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, opened a Michael Jordan exhibit containing items from his college and NBA careers, as well as from the 1992 "Dream Team". The exhibit also has a batting glove to signify Jordan’s short career in baseball."Hall opens a Jordan exhibit", The New York Times (August 3, 2009), pg. D5. After Jordan received word of his being accepted into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson to present him.Spears, Marc J. , Yahoo! Sports, September 7, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2012. As Jordan would later explain during his induction speech in September 2009, growing up in North Carolina, he was not a fan of the Tar Heels, and greatly admired Thompson, who played at rival North Carolina State. He was inducted into the Hall in September, with several former Bulls teammates in attendance, including Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Charles Oakley, Ron Harper, Steve Kerr, and Toni Kukoc.Smith, Sam. , National Basketball Association, September 12, 2009. Retrieved October 31, 2009. Former coaches of Jordan’s, Dean Smith and Doug Collins, were also among those present.
- Jordan wore a nameless no. 12 jersey in a 1990 game against the Orlando Magic because his no. 23 jersey had been stolen.Strauss, Chris. "", USA Today, December 12, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
Honors and awards
Jordan won numerous awards and set many records during his career. The following are some of his achievements:, National Basketball Association, December 27, 2001. Retrieved April 27, 2013.. Sports Illustrated, December 23, 1991. Retrieved January 16, 2007.
- Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2009
- 2 Olympic gold medals – 1984, 1992
- 6× NBA champion
- 6× NBA Finals MVP
- 5× NBA MVP
- 10 NBA scoring leader (1987–1993, 1996–1998)
- 3× steals leader (1988, 1990, 1993)
- 3× minutes leader
- 14 NBA All-Star selections
- 3× NBA All-Star Game MVP
- 11 All-NBA selections
- 9 All-Defensive First Team selections
- 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion – 1987, 1988
- NBA Rookie of the Year –
- NBA Defensive Player of the Year –
- NCAA national championship – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: 1981–82
- ACC Freshman of the Year – 1981–82
- 2× Consensus NCAA All-American First Team – 1982–83, 1983–84
- ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year – 1983–84
- USBWA College Player of the Year – 1983–84
- Naismith College Player of the Year – 1983–84
- John R. Wooden Award – 1983–84
- Adolph Rupp Trophy – 1983–84
- Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – 1991
- Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996
- Ranked No.1 by SLAM Magazine’s Top 50 Players of All-Time, SLAM Magazine, June 19, 2009. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Ranked No.1 by ESPN SportsCentury’s Top North American Athletes of the 20th century
- Elected to North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr., one older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordan’s brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army.Associated Press, , charlotte.com, May 16, 2006. Retrieved April 18, 2008.
He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine. Jordan and Vanoy filed for divorce on January 4, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter. They again filed for divorce and were granted a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, 2006, commenting that the decision was made "mutually and amicably".Associated Press. , ESPN, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007., People, December 30, 2006. Retrieved January 15, 2007. It is reported that Juanita received a $168 million settlement, making it the largest celebrity divorce settlement in history at the time on public record., The Washington Post, April 14, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2013.Tadena, Nathalie and Momo Zhou. , abcnews.go.com, August 20, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2013.