Michael Jeffrey Jordan, the famous MJ is one of the best basketball players of all time. For years his astonishing play amazed people all around the world. He left a deep mark in basketball and is considered crucial in making the NBA popular outside the USA. His wonderful career started at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 1984 he joined Chicago Bulls and started playing in the NBA.
High School And The First Scholarship
Jordan went to high school in Wilmington (Emsley A. Laney) where he played football, basketball, and baseball. At first, he couldn’t make it to the varsity basketball team because he was too short (5’11’’) so he joined the junior squad. When he grew 4 inches, he got the spot in the team. He was training hard, and it was obvious how talented he was. His average was 20 points per game.
Michael earned his basketball scholarship in 1981 and went to the University of North Carolina. In 1982 at the NCAA Championship Jordan made the winning jump shot against Georgetown. During his years in college league, his average was 17.7 points per game with five rebounds per game. In 1984, before his graduation, he was chosen by Chicago Bulls as the third overall pick.
Playing for the Bulls, Jordan quickly became very popular with the fans. During his first season, he became the All-Star starter. That wasn’t welcomed by some senior players, and they wouldn’t pass him the ball during the game, but it didn’t do him any harm as he returned to the regular season and became rooky of the year. In the season 1985 – 86 Jordan set the record of 63 points in a playoff game against Boston Celtics. That was his comeback after the injury (broken foot).
The season 1986 – 1987 was one of the most productive for Jordan as he managed to score 3000 points in one season (37.1 per game) as well as 100 blocks and 200 steals in a season. His first MVP award came in the season 1987 – 88. He got his second MVP award in the season 1990 – 91. That was a great year for the Bulls with a remarkable record of 15 – 2 in the playoffs. They entered their first NBA Finals and defeated LA Lakers, 4 – 1. This was Jordan’s first MVP Finals award and the beginning of Bulls’ dominance.
The Comeback And Retirement
1993 was a tough year for Jordan. His father was killed and he decided to retire from basketball.Then, in 1994, he shocked the world as he signed for the minor baseball league team Chicago White Socks. The number 23 was retired by the Bulls in his honor. However, Jordan returned to basketball in 1995 and took number 45. It was a great comeback and Bulls won the NBA Finals and Jordan won his fourth Finals MVP. By the end of his career, he won 6 MVP Finals and set the record.
His second retirement was in 1999, but in 2001 he returned again, playing for the Wizards. His final NBA game happened on April 16, 2003.