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MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set

MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set
MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set
MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set
MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set
MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set

MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set

MICHAEL JORDAN 2002 UPPER DECK ALL-STAR 2002 AS1, AS2 & AS3 mint 3 card set. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m). 1st round, 3rd overall pick. Selected by the Chicago Bulls. 5× NBA Most Valuable Player.

3× NBA All-Star Game MVP. NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 9× NBA All-Defensive First Team. NBA Rookie of the Year. 2× NBA Slam Dunk Contest. 23 retired by Chicago Bulls. 23 retired by Miami Heat. Chicago Bulls Ring of Honor. 3× AP Athlete of the Year. Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. National college player of the year. 2× Sporting News National Player of the Year.

ACC Player of the Year. ACC Athlete of the Year. ACC Rookie of the Year. 23 retired by North Carolina Tar Heels.

2× USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. 32,292 (30.1 ppg). 6,672 (6.2 rpg).

5,633 (5.3 apg). Basketball Hall of Fame as player. FIBA Hall of Fame as player. Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ. Is an American businessman and former professional basketball. He played fifteen seasons in the National Basketball Association. (NBA) between 1984 and 2003, winning six NBA championships. He was integral in popularizing basketball and the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Becoming a global cultural icon. His profile on the NBA website states that by acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. For three seasons under coach Dean Smith.

With the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984.

As the third overall draft pick. And quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring while gaining a reputation as one of the game's best defensive players. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks. Earned him the nicknames " Air Jordan " and " His Airness ".

Jordan won his first NBA title with the Bulls in 1991. And followed that achievement with titles in 1992.

Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993-94 NBA season. To play Minor League Baseball.

As well as a then-record 72 regular season wins in the 1995-96 NBA season. He retired for the second time in January 1999, returning for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards. During his professional career, he was selected to play for the United States national team. At the 1983 Pan American Games.

1992 Tournament of the Americas. Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. (MVP) awards, ten NBA scoring titles. (both all-time records), five NBA MVP. First Team designations, nine All-Defensive. First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game. Selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP. Awards, three NBA steals titles. And the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records.

For career regular season scoring average (30.1 points per game) and career playoff scoring average (33.4 points per game). In 1999, he was named the 20th century's greatest North American athlete by ESPN. And was second to Babe Ruth.

List of athletes of the century. Jordan was twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Once in 2009 for his individual career. And again in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team. He became a member of the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. A member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. And an individual member of the FIBA Hall of Fame.

In 2015 and a "Dream Team" member in 2017. Jordan was named to the NBA 50th Anniversary Team. In 1996 and to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.

One of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation, Jordan made many product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike.

Sneakers, which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular. He starred as himself in the live-action/animation hybrid film Space Jam. (1996) and was the central focus of the Emmy. Winning documentary series The Last Dance. He became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Hornets.

He is also the owner of 23XI Racing. In the NASCAR Cup Series. In 2016, he became the first billionaire player in NBA history.

That year, President Barack Obama. Awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born at Cumberland Hospital.

In Brooklyn, New York City, on February 17, 1963. To bank employee Deloris (née Peoples) and equipment supervisor James R. He has two older brothers, James R.

And fellow basketball player Larry Jordan. As well as an older sister named Deloris and a younger sister named Roslyn. Of the 35th Signal Brigade. Army's XVIII Airborne Corps. In 1968, Jordan moved with his family to Wilmington, North Carolina.

In Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball, and football. He tried out for the basketball varsity team. During his sophomore year, but at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend Harvest Leroy Smith. Was the only sophomore to make the team.

Motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laney's junior varsity team. And tallied some 40-point games. The following summer, he grew four inches (10 cm) and trained rigorously.

Upon earning a spot on the varsity roster, he averaged more than 25 points per game. (ppg) over his final two seasons of high school play. As a senior, he was selected to play in the 1981 McDonald's All-American Game. Per game (apg) for the season. He was recruited by numerous college basketball programs, including Duke.

In 1981, he accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Where he majored in cultural geography. He chose this field of study because of its relationship to meteorology.

As he was interested in a career as a meteorologist. Jordan going in for a slam dunk for the Laney High School varsity basketball team. Jordan in action for North Carolina in 1983. As a freshman in coach Dean Smith. S team-oriented system, Jordan was named ACC.

Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 ppg on 53.4% shooting field goal percentage. He made the game-winning jump shot. In the 1982 NCAA Championship game.

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 with the Tar Heels. He averaged 17.7 ppg on 54.0% shooting and added 5.0 rpg and 1.8 apg.

Jordan was selected by consensus to the NCAA All-American First Team. In both his sophomore (1983) and junior (1984) seasons.

College Player of the Year awards in 1984, Jordan left North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA draft. When he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural geography. In 2002, Jordan was named to the ACC 50th Anniversary men's basketball team. Honoring the 50 greatest players in ACC history. Selected Jordan with the third overall pick of the 1984 NBA draft.

One of the primary reasons why Jordan was not drafted sooner was because the first two teams were in need of a center. Trail Blazers general manager Stu Inman. Contended that it was not a matter of drafting a center but more a matter of taking Bowie over Jordan, in part because Portland already had Clyde Drexler. Who was a guard with similar skills to Jordan.

Citing Bowie's injury-laden college career, ESPN. Named the Blazers' choice of Bowie as the worst draft pick in North American professional sports history. Jordan made his NBA debut at Chicago Stadium.

On October 26, 1984, and scored 16 points. During his rookie 1984-85 season. With the Bulls, Jordan averaged 28.2 ppg on 51.5% shooting. And helped make a team that had won 35% of games in the previous three seasons playoff contenders. He quickly became a fan favorite even in opposing arenas.

Johnson of The New York Times. Described him as "the phenomenal rookie of the Bulls" in November.

And Jordan appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated. With the heading "A Star Is Born" in December. The fans voted in Jordan as an All-Star. Starter during his rookie season. Controversy arose before the 1985 NBA All-Star Game. When word surfaced that several veteran players, led by Isiah Thomas.

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 the ball to him.

The Bulls finished the season 38-44. And lost to the Milwaukee Bucks. In four games in the first round of the playoffs. An often-cited moment was on August 26, 1985.

When Jordan shook the arena during a Nike exhibition game in Trieste. Italy, by shattering the glass of the backboard with a dunk. The moment was filmed and is often referred to as an important milestone in Jordan's rise. Was cut short when he broke his foot in the third game of the year, causing him to miss 64 games. The Bulls made the playoffs.

Despite Jordan's injury and a 30-52 record. At the time the fifth-worst record of any team to qualify for the playoffs in NBA history. Jordan recovered in time to participate in the postseason and performed well upon his return. On April 20 at the Boston Garden. In Game 2 of the First Round, a 135-131 double overtime loss to the eventual NBA Champion.

Jordan scored a playoff career-high 63 points, breaking Elgin Baylor. S single-game playoff scoring record. A Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history swept the series in three games.

Jordan completely recovered in time for 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, averaging a league-high 37.1 ppg on 48.2% shooting.

In addition, Jordan demonstrated his defensive prowess, as he became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals. Despite Jordan's success, Magic Johnson. Won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. The Bulls reached 40 wins.

And advanced to the playoffs. For the third consecutive year but were again swept by the Celtics. Jordan led the league in scoring during the 1987-88 season. Averaging 35.0 ppg on 53.5% shooting. And he won his first league MVP Award.

He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. As he averaged 1.6 blocks per game (bpg), a league-high 3.1 steals per game (spg). And led the Bulls defense to the fewest points per game allowed in the league.

And made it out of the first round of the playoffs. For the first time in Jordan's career, as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bulls lost in five games to the more experienced Detroit Pistons. Who were led by Isiah Thomas.

And a group of physical players known as the Bad Boys. Jordan again led the league in scoring, averaging 32.5 ppg on 53.8% shooting from the field, along with 8 rpg and 8 apg. During the season, Sam Vincent. Was having trouble running the offense, and Jordan expressed his frustration with head coach Doug Collins. Who then put Jordan at point guard.

In his time as a point guard, Jordan had 10 triple-doubles. In 11 games, with averages of 33.6 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 10.8 apg, 2.9 spg, and 0.8 bpg on 51% shooting. The Bulls finished with a 47-35 record. And advanced to the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers series included a career highlight for Jordan when he hit The Shot. At the buzzer in the fifth and final game of the series. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons. Again defeated the Bulls, this time in six games.

By utilizing their Jordan Rules. Method of guarding Jordan, which consisted of double and triple teaming.

Him every time he touched the ball. The Bulls entered the 1989-90 season. As a team on the rise, with their core group of Jordan and young improving players like Scottie Pippen. And under the guidance of new coach Phil Jackson. On March 28, 1990, Jordan scored a career-high 69 points in a 117-113 road win over the Cavaliers. He averaged a league-leading 33.6 ppg on 52.6% shooting, to go with 6.9 rpg and 6.3 apg. In leading the Bulls to a 55-27 record. They again advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Bucks. Despite pushing the series to seven games, the Bulls lost to the Pistons. For the third consecutive season. Jordan being defended by Mookie Blaylock. (number 10) during a Bulls-Nets game in 1991. Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 ppg on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rpg, and 5.5 apg for the regular season.

The Bulls finished in first place in their division for the first time in sixteen years and set a franchise record with 61 wins in the regular season. Developing into an All-Star, the Bulls had elevated their play.

The Bulls defeated the New York Knicks. In the opening two rounds of the playoffs.

They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where their rival, the Detroit Pistons. This time, the Bulls beat the Pistons in a four-game sweep.

The Bulls advanced to the Finals. For the first time in franchise history to face the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bulls won the series four games to one, and compiled a 15-2 playoff record along the way. Perhaps the best-known moment of the series came in Game 2 when, attempting a dunk, Jordan avoided a potential Sam Perkins. Block by switching the ball from his right hand to his left in mid-air to lay the shot into the basket.

In his first Finals appearance, Jordan had 31.2 ppg on 56% shooting from the field, 11.4 apg, 6.6 rpg, 2.8 spg, and 1.4 bpg. Jordan won his first NBA Finals MVP. And he cried while holding the Finals trophy. Jordan and the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991-92 season. Establishing a 67-15 record, topping their franchise record from the 1990-91 campaign. Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award with averages of 30.1 ppg, 6.4 rbg, and 6.1 apg on 52% shooting. After winning a physical seven-game series over the New York Knicks. In the second round of the playoffs. And finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the Conference Finals in six games, the Bulls met Clyde Drexler.

And the Portland Trail Blazers. The media, hoping to recreate a Magic-Bird rivalry. Highlighted the similarities between "Air" Jordan and Clyde "The Glide" during the pre-Finals hype.

In the first game, Jordan scored a Finals-record 35 points in the first half, including a record-setting six three-point field goals. After the sixth three-pointer, he jogged down the court shrugging as he looked courtside. Who broadcast the game, later stated that it was as if Jordan was saying: I can't believe I'm doing this.

The Bulls went on to win Game 1 and defeat the Blazers in six games. Jordan was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row. And finished the series averaging 35.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, and 6.5 apg, while shooting 52.6% from the floor. Despite a 32.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, and 5.5 apg campaign, including a second-place finish in Defensive Player of the Year voting.

Jordan's streak of consecutive MVP seasons ended, as he lost the award to his friend Charles Barkley. Coincidentally, Jordan and the Bulls met Barkley and his Phoenix Suns. In the 1993 NBA Finals. The Bulls won their third 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 leader. 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 four 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.

During the Bulls' 1993 NBA playoffs. Jordan was seen gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The night before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks. The commissioner of the NBA. Denied in 1995 and 2006 that Jordan's 1993 retirement was a secret suspension by the league for gambling.

But the rumor spread widely. In 2005, Jordan discussed his gambling with Ed Bradley. And admitted that he made reckless decisions. Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away and I've pushed the envelope.

Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. If you're willing to jeopardize your livelihood and your family, then yeah. When Bradley asked him if his gambling ever got to the level where it jeopardized his livelihood or family, Jordan replied: No. Director of Jordan Rides the Bus. Said that he began working on the documentary believing that the NBA had suspended him, but that research "convinced [him it] was nonsense".

Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions. April 8, 1994, for the Birmingham Barons.

1994, for the Scottsdale Scorpions. March 10, 1995, for the Birmingham Barons. Southern League statistics (through 1994).

On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, saying that he lost his desire to play basketball. Jordan later said that the murder of his father three months earlier helped shape his decision. Was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area.

By two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery, who carjacked his Lexus. His body, dumped in a South Carolina swamp, was not discovered until August 3. Convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Jordan was close to his father; as a child, he imitated the way his father stuck out his tongue while absorbed in work.

He later adopted it as his own signature, often displaying it as he drove to the basket. In 1996, he founded a Chicago-area Boys & Girls Club.

And dedicated it to his father. In his 1998 autobiography For the Love of the Game, Jordan wrote that he was preparing for retirement as early as the summer of 1992. The added exhaustion due to the Dream Team. Run in the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Solidified Jordan's feelings about the game and his ever-growing celebrity status. Jordan's announcement sent shock waves throughout the NBA and appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world.

Jordan further surprised the sports world by signing a Minor League Baseball. Contract with the Chicago White Sox. He reported to spring training. And was assigned to the team's minor league system on March 31, 1994.

Jordan said that this decision was made to pursue the dream of his late father, who always envisioned his son as a Major League Baseball. The White Sox were owned by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Who continued to honor Jordan's basketball contract during the years he played baseball. In 1994, Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons.

Minor league affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, batting. 202 with three home runs. His strikeout total led the team and his games played tied for the team lead.

His 30 stolen bases were second on the team only to Doug Brady. He also appeared for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In the 1994 Arizona Fall League. 252 against the top prospects in baseball.

On November 1, 1994, his. 23 was retired by the Bulls in a ceremony that included the erection of a permanent sculpture known as The Spirit. Outside the new United Center. Return to the NBA (1995).

The Bulls went 55-27 in 1993-94. Without Jordan in the lineup. And lost to the New York Knicks. Were a shell of the championship team of just two years earlier. Struggling at mid-season to ensure a spot in the playoffs, Chicago was 31-31 at one point in mid-March.

The team received help when Jordan decided to return to the Bulls. In March 1995, Jordan decided to quit baseball because he feared he might become a replacement player. During the Major League Baseball strike. On March 18, 1995, Jordan announced his return to the NBA in a two-word press release: I'm back. The next day, Jordan took to the court with the Bulls to face the Indiana Pacers. Of any regular season NBA game since 1975. Although he could have worn his original number even though the Bulls retired it, Jordan wore No.

Despite his eighteen-month hiatus from the NBA, Jordan played well, making a game-winning jump shot against Atlanta. In his fourth game back.

He scored 55 points in his next game, against the New York Knicks. Boosted by Jordan's comeback, the Bulls went 13-4 to make the playoffs.

And advanced to the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Orlando Magic. At the end of Game 1, Orlando's Nick Anderson. Stripped Jordan from behind, leading to the game-winning basket for the Magic; he later commented that Jordan "didn't look like the old Michael Jordan". 45 doesn't explode like No. Jordan responded by scoring 38 points in the next game, which Chicago won.

Before the game, Jordan decided that he would immediately resume wearing his former No. He averaged 31 ppg in the playoffs, but Orlando won the series in six games. Jordan was freshly motivated by the playoff defeat, and he trained aggressively for the 1995-96 season. The Bulls were strengthened by the addition of rebound specialist Dennis Rodman. And the team dominated the league, starting the season at 41-3. The Bulls eventually finished with the best regular season record in NBA history, 72-10, a mark broken two decades later by the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors.

Jordan led the league in scoring with 30.4 ppg. And he won the league's regular season and All-Star Game MVP awards. The Bulls lost only three games in four series Miami Heat.

4-0, as they defeated the Seattle SuperSonics. 4-2 in the NBA Finals. To win their fourth championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson. S three Finals MVP awards. He achieved only the second sweep of the MVP awards in the All-Star Game, regular season, and NBA Finals after Willis Reed. Upon winning the championship, his first since his father's murder, Jordan reacted emotionally, clutching the game ball and crying on the locker room floor. The Bulls stood at a 69-11 record but ended the season by losing their final two games to finish the year 69-13, missing out on a second consecutive 70-win season. The Bulls again advanced to the Finals. Where they faced the Utah Jazz.

That team included Karl Malone. Who had beaten Jordan for the NBA MVP award in a tight race (986-957). The series against the Jazz featured two of the more memorable clutch moments of Jordan's career. He won Game 1 for the Bulls with a buzzer-beating. In Game 5, with the series tied at 2, Jordan played despite being feverish and dehydrated from a stomach virus.

In what is known as The Flu Game. , Jordan scored 38 points, including the game-deciding 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining. 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. During the 1997 NBA All-Star Game.

Jordan posted the first triple-double in All-Star Game history in a victorious effort, but the MVP award went to Glen Rice. Jordan with coach Phil Jackson. Jordan and the Bulls compiled a 62-20 record in the 1997-98 season. Jordan led the league with 28.7 ppg. Securing his fifth regular season MVP award, plus honors for All-NBA First Team, First Defensive Team, and the All-Star Game MVP.

The Bulls won the Eastern Conference Championship for a third straight season, including surviving a seven-game series with the Indiana Pacers. In the Eastern Conference Finals; it was the first time Jordan had played in a Game 7 since the 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals with the New York Knicks.

After winning, they moved on for a rematch with the Jazz. 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 41.9 seconds remaining and the Bulls trailing 86-83, Phil Jackson called a timeout.

When play resumed, Jordan received the inbound pass, drove to the basket, and sank a shot over several Jazz defenders, cutting Utah's lead to 86-85. The Jazz brought the ball upcourt and passed the ball to Malone, who was set up in the low post.

And was being guarded by Rodman. Malone jostled with Rodman and caught the pass, but Jordan cut behind him and stole the ball out of his hands. Jordan then dribbled down the court and paused, eyeing his defender, Jazz guard Bryon Russell. With 10 seconds remaining, Jordan started to dribble right, then crossed over to his left, possibly pushing off Russell, although the officials did not call a foul. With 5.2 seconds left, Jordan made the climactic shot of his Bulls career.

A top-key jumper over a stumbling Russell to give Chicago an 87-86 lead. Afterwards, the Jazz' John Stockton. Narrowly missed a game-winning three-pointer, and the buzzer sounded as Jordan and the Bulls won their sixth NBA championship.

Achieving a second three-peat in the decade. Once again, Jordan was voted Finals MVP for a record sixth time.

Having led all scorers by averaging 33.5 ppg, including 45 in the deciding Game 6. Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements. S contract expiring, the pending departures of Scottie Pippen. Looming, and being in the latter stages of an owner-induced lockout. Of NBA players, Jordan retired for the second time on January 13, 1999.

Jordan's responsibilities with the Wizards were comprehensive, as he controlled all aspects of the Wizards' basketball operations, and had the final say in all personnel matters; opinions of Jordan as a basketball executive were mixed. He managed to purge the team of several highly paid, unpopular players like forward Juwan Howard. And point guard Rod Strickland.

But used the first pick in the 2001 NBA draft. To select high school student Kwame Brown. Who did not live up to expectations and was traded away after four seasons. Despite his January 1999 claim that he was "99.9% certain" he would never play another NBA game. Jordan expressed interest in making another comeback in the summer of 2001, this time with his new team.

Comeback of his friend Mario Lemieux. Jordan spent much of the spring and summer of 2001 in training, holding several invitation-only camps for NBA players in Chicago.

Jordan hired his old Chicago Bulls head coach, Doug Collins. As Washington's coach for the upcoming season, a decision that many saw as foreshadowing another Jordan return. On September 25, 2001, Jordan announced his return to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards, indicating his intention to donate his salary as a player to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11 attacks. In an injury-plagued 2001-02 season.

Jordan led the team in scoring (22.9 ppg), assists (5.2 apg), and steals (1.4 spg). And was an MVP candidate, as he led the Wizards to a winning record and playoff contention. He would eventually finish 13th in the MVP ballot. The Wizards missed the playoffs.

And Jordan's season ended after only 60 games, the fewest he had played in a regular season since playing 17 games after returning from his first retirement during the 1994-95 season. Jordan started 53 of his 60 games for the season, averaging 24.3 ppg, 5.4 apg, and 6.0 rpg, and shooting 41.9% from the field in his 53 starts.

His last seven appearances were in a reserve role, in which he averaged just over 20 minutes per game. The Wizards finished the season with a 37-45 record, an 18-game improvement. Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003. Playing in his 14th and final NBA All-Star Game in 2003.

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, and coming from off the bench in 15. He averaged 20.0 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 3.8 assists, and 1.5 spg per game. He also shot 45% from the field, and 82% from the free-throw line. Even though he turned 40 during the season, he scored 20 or more points 42 times, 30 or more points nine times, and 40 or more points three times. 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.

Jordan's final two seasons did not result in a playoff appearance for the Wizards, and he 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 Kwame Brown. In the 2001 NBA draft.

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 the United Center. In Chicago, which was his old home court, Jordan received a four-minute standing ovation.

23 jersey on April 11, 2003, even though Jordan never played for the team. At the 2003 All-Star Game, Jordan was offered a starting spot from Tracy McGrady. He accepted the spot of Vince Carter.

Jordan played in his final NBA game on April 16, 2003, in Philadelphia. After scoring 13 points in the game, Jordan went to the bench with 4 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter and his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers. 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, replacing Larry Hughes. 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 the crowd of 21,257 fans. Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992. Jordan made his debut for the U.

He led the team in scoring with 17.3 ppg as the U. A year later, he won another gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Was coached by Bob Knight. And featured players such as Patrick Ewing.

Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging 17.1 ppg for the tournament. In 1992, Jordan was a member of the star-studded squad that was dubbed the Dream Team.

The team won two gold medals: the first in the 1992 Tournament of the Americas. And the second in the 1992 Summer Olympics. He was the only player to start all eight games in the Olympics, averaged 14.9 ppg, and finished second on the team in scoring. Jordan was undefeated in the four tournaments he played for the United States national team, winning all 30 games he took part in.

Jordan dunking the ball, 1987-88. Jordan was a shooting guard. Who could also play as a small forward.

The position he would primarily play during his second return to professional basketball with the Washington Wizards. And as a point guard. Jordan was known throughout his career as a strong clutch.

With the Bulls, he decided 25 games with field goals or free throws in the last 30 seconds, including two NBA Finals games and five other playoff contests. His competitiveness was visible in his prolific trash talk. Jordan often used perceived slights to fuel his performances.

Described him as "a killer, in the Darwinian sense of the word, immediately sensing and attacking someone's weakest spot". As the Bulls organization built the franchise around Jordan, management had to trade away players who were not "tough enough" to compete with him in practice. To improve his defense, he spent hours studying film of opponents.

On offense, he relied more upon instinct and improvization. Noted as a durable player, Jordan did not miss four or more games while active for a full season from 1986-87 to 2001-02, when he injured his right knee. Of the 15 seasons Jordan was in the NBA, he played all 82 regular season games nine times. Jordan has frequently cited David Thompson. Confirmed at the start of his career, and possibly later on, Jordan had a special "Love of the Game Clause" written into his contract, which was unusual at the time, and allowed him to play basketball against anyone at any time, anywhere.

Jordan had a versatile offensive game and was capable of aggressively driving. To the basket as well as drawing fouls. From his opponents at a high rate. His 8,772 free throw. Attempts are the 11th-highest total in NBA history. As his career progressed, Jordan also developed the ability to post up. Jump shot, using his leaping ability to avoid block attempts. This move alone made him nearly unstoppable. Despite media criticism by some as a selfish player early in his career, Jordan was willing to defer to this teammates, with a career average of 5.3 apg and a season-high of 8.0 apg. For a guard, Jordan was also a good rebounder, finishing with 6.2 rpg. Defensively, he averaged 2.3 spg and 0.8 bpg.

Was not Jordan's strength, especially in his early years. Later on in Jordan's career, he improved his three-point shooting, and finished his career with a respectable 32% success rate. His three-point field-goal percentages ranged from 35% to 43% in seasons in which he attempted at least 230 three-pointers between 1989-90 and 1996-97.

Jordan's effective field goal percentage. Unlike NBA players often compared to Jordan, such as Kobe Bryant. Who had a similar three-point percentage, he did not shoot as many threes as they did, as he did not need to rely on the three-pointer to be effective on offense.

Three-point shooting was only introduced in 1979 and would not be a more fundamental aspect of the game until the first decades of the 21st century. With the NBA having to briefly shorten the line to incentivize more shots. Jordan's three-point shooting was better selected, resulting in three-point field goals made in important games during the playoffs and the Finals, such as hitting six consecutive three-point shots in Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals.

Jordan shot 37%, 35%, 42%, and 37% in all the seasons he shot over 200 three-pointers, and also shot 38.5%, 38.6%, 38.9%, 40.3%, 19.4%, and 30.2% in the playoffs during his championship runs, improving his shooting even after the three-point line reverted to the original line. In 1988, Jordan was honored with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. And the Most Valuable Player. Awards, becoming the first NBA player to win both awards in a career let alone season. In addition, he set both seasonal and career records for blocked shots. And combined this with his ball-thieving ability to become a standout defensive player.

He ranks fourth in NBA history in total steals. With 2,514, trailing John Stockton.

Jerry West often stated that he was more impressed with Jordan's defensive contributions than his offensive ones. Declared Jordan "the best superstar defender in the history of the game". Jordan was known to have strong eyesight. Said that he was able to read baseball box scores on a 27-inch (69 cm) television clearly from about 50 feet (15 m) away. During the 2001 NBA Finals.

Compared Jordan's dominance to Shaquille O'Neal. Stating: Michael would get fouled on every play and still have to play through it and just clear himself for shots instead and would rise to that occasion. This article is part of a series about. Jordan's talent was clear from his first NBA season; by November 1984, he was being compared to Julius Erving.

Said that rookie Jordan was the best player he ever saw, and that he was "one of a kind", and comparable to Wayne Gretzky. In his first game in Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks. Jordan received a near minute-long standing ovation. After establishing the single game playoff record of 63 points against the Boston Celtics. On April 20, 1986, Bird described him as "God disguised as Michael Jordan".

Jordan led the NBA in scoring. In 10 seasons (NBA record) and tied Wilt Chamberlain. S record of seven consecutive scoring titles.

He was a fixture of the NBA All-Defensive First Team. Making the roster nine times NBA record shared with Gary Payton. Jordan also holds the top career regular season and playoff scoring averages of 30.1 and 33.4 ppg, respectively. By 1998, the season of his Finals-winning shot against the Jazz, he was well known throughout the league as a clutch performer.

In the regular season, Jordan was the Bulls' primary threat in the final seconds of a close game and in the playoffs; he would always ask for the ball at crunch time. Jordan's total of 5,987 points in the playoffs is the second-highest among NBA career playoff scoring leaders. He scored 32,292 points in the regular season. Placing him fifth on the NBA all-time scoring list.

With five regular season MVPs tied for second place with Bill Russell. Only Abdul-Jabbar has won more, with six, six Finals MVPs (NBA record), and three NBA All-Star Game MVPs. Jordan is the most decorated player in NBA history. Jordan finished among the top three in regular season MVP voting 10 times. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

And selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Jordan is one of only seven players in history to win an NCAA championship, an NBA championship, and an Olympic gold medal doing so twice with the 1984 and 1992 U. Since 1976, the year of the ABA-NBA merger. Jordan and Pippen are the only two players to win six NBA Finals playing for one team. In the All-Star Game fan ballot.

Jordan received the most votes nine times, more than any other player. There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us.

Many of Jordan's contemporaries have said that Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Survey of journalists, athletes and other sports figures ranked Jordan the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century. Jordan placed second to Babe Ruth. December 1999 list of 20th century athletes. In addition, the Associated Press voted him the greatest basketball player of the 20th century. Jordan has also appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated. In the September 1996 issue of Sport.

Which was the publication's 50th-anniversary issue, Jordan was named the greatest athlete of the past 50 years. Jordan's athletic leaping ability, highlighted in his back-to-back Slam Dunk Contest. Championships in 1987 and 1988, is credited by many people with having influenced a generation of young players. Several NBA players, including James and Dwyane Wade.

Have stated that they considered Jordan their role model while they were growing up. In addition, commentators have dubbed a number of next-generation players "the next Michael Jordan" upon their entry to the NBA, including Penny Hardaway. Some analysts, such as The Ringer. S Dan Devine, drew parallels between Jordan's experiment at point guard in the 1988-89 season and the modern NBA; for Devine, it "inadvertently foreshadowed the modern game's stylistic shift toward monster-usage primary playmakers", such as Russell Westbrook.

Stated: I would've been playing him at point guard the day he showed up as a rookie. Although Jordan was a well-rounded player, his "Air Jordan" image is also often credited with inadvertently decreasing the jump shooting skills, defense, and fundamentals of young players.

A fact Jordan himself has lamented, saying: I think it was the exposure of Michael Jordan; the marketing of Michael Jordan. Everything was marketed towards the things that people wanted to see, which was scoring and dunking.

That Michael Jordan still played defense and an all-around game, but it was never really publicized. During his heyday, Jordan did much to increase the status of the game; television ratings increased only during his time in the league. The popularity of the NBA in the U. Declined after his last title. As late as 2022, NBA Finals television ratings. In August 2009, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened a Michael Jordan exhibit that contained items from his college and NBA careers as well as from the 1992 Dream Team. ; the exhibit also has a batting baseball glove. To signify Jordan's short career in the Minor League Baseball.

After Jordan received word of his acceptance into the Hall of Fame, he selected Class of 1996 member David Thompson. As Jordan would later explain during his induction speech in September 2009, he was not a fan of the Tar Heels when growing up in North Carolina but greatly admired Thompson, who played for the rival NC State Wolfpack. In September, he was inducted into the Hall with several former Bulls teammates in attendance, including Scottie Pippen.

Two of Jordan's former coaches, were also among those present. His emotional reaction during his speech when he began to cry was captured by Associated Press photographer Stephan Savoia.

And would later go viral on social media as the Crying Jordan. In 2016, President Barack Obama. Honored Jordan with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In October 2021, Jordan was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. In December 2022, the NBA unveiled a new MVP trophy, named in Jordan's honor, to be awarded beginning with the 2022-23 season. The "Michael Jordan Trophy" will replace the original trophy, named in honor of former NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff.

With a new Podoloff Trophy. Set to be awarded to the team with the best overall regular season record.

Further information: List of career achievements by Michael Jordan § NBA career statistics. See also: List of career achievements by Michael Jordan § College statistics. Further information: List of career achievements by Michael Jordan. In 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball. Game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams. Three-time NBA All-Star Game MVP. Nine-time NBA All-Defensive First Team. Two-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion. Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Selected on the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. 23 retired by the Chicago Bulls. 23 retired by the Miami Heat. NBA MVP trophy renamed in Jordan's honor ("Michael Jordan Trophy") in 2022. Gold medal winner - 1984.

Gold medal winner - 1992. Gold medal winner - 1983. Two-time USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Two-time Consensus NCAA All-American First Team. ACC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. USBWA College Player of the Year.

Naismith College Player of the Year. Two-time Sporting News National Player of the Year.

23 retired by the North Carolina Tar Heels. Two-time Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Class of 2009 - individual. Class of 2010 - as a member of the "Dream Team". United States Olympic Hall of Fame. Class of 2009 (as a member of the "Dream Team"). North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. Two-time FIBA Hall of Fame. Class of 2015 - individual. Class of 2017 - as a member of the "Dream Team". Three-time Associated Press Athlete of the Year.

Magazine's "Top 50 Players of All-Time". S "Top North American Athletes of the 20th Century". 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. In Chicago renamed Michael Jordan Drive - 1994. Jordan on a golf course in 2007.

After his third retirement, Jordan assumed that he would be able to return to his front office position as Director of Basketball Operations with the Wizards. His previous tenure had produced mixed results and may have also influenced the trade of Richard "Rip" Hamilton. Although Jordan was not technically Director of Basketball Operations in 2002. On May 7, 2003, Wizards owner Abe Pollin. Fired Jordan from the role. Jordan later stated that he felt betrayed, and that if he had known he would be fired upon retiring, he never would have come back to play for the Wizards. Over the next few years Jordan played golf in celebrity charity tournaments and spent time with his family in Chicago. He also promoted his Jordan Brand clothing line and rode motorcycles. Since 2004, Jordan has owned Michael Jordan Motorsports, a professional closed-course motorcycle road racing team that competed with two Suzukis. In the premier Superbike championship. Sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

(AMA) until the end of the 2013 season. On June 15, 2006, Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats. Since 2013, becoming the team's second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L. As part of the deal, Jordan took full control over the basketball side of the operation, with the title Managing Member of Basketball Operations.

Despite Jordan's previous success as an endorser, he has made an effort not to be included in Charlotte's marketing campaigns. Refused to give Jordan complete control of basketball operations. In February 2010, it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats. As February wore on, it became apparent that Jordan and former Houston Rockets. Were the leading contenders for ownership of the team.

It also made him the league's only African-American majority owner. During the 2011 NBA lockout. Wrote that Jordan led a group of 10 to 14 hardline owners who wanted 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.

If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team. Called Jordan a hypocrite sellout. Who can easily betray the very people who made him a billionaire global icon" for wanting "current players to pay for his incompetence. He cited Jordan's executive decisions to draft disappointing players Kwame Brown.

During the 2011-12 NBA season. That was shortened to 66 games by the lockout, the Bobcats posted a 7-59 record. The team closed out the season with a 23-game losing streak; their. 106 winning percentage was the worst in NBA history.

Before the next season, Jordan said: I'm not real happy about the record book scenario last year. It's very, very frustrating. As well as the role of chairman.

In 2023, Jordan finalized the sale of his majority stake to Gabe Plotkin and Rick Schnall, ending his 13-year tenure as majority owner, although he kept a minority stake. On September 21, 2020, Jordan and NASCAR. Announced they would be fielding a NASCAR Cup Series.

Driving, beginning competition in the 2021 season. On October 22, the team's name was confirmed to be 23XI Racing.

(pronounced twenty-three eleven) and the team's entry would bear No. After the team's inaugural season, it added a second car with No. 45, driven by Kurt Busch. Also drove for 23XI as substitute drivers during the 2022 season.

The team fielded a third car, No. 67, driven by Travis Pastrana.

In the 2023 Daytona 500. 23XI Racing has won five races, two by Wallace, two by Reddick, and one by Busch.

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