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Top facts about Michael Jordan, the Black Cat

Mon 29 November 2021 | 14:30

How much do you know about one of the best American basketball players in the sport history? Join us in the following article to review detailed information about Michael Jordan.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, widely known as MJ, is the greatest basketball player of all time, and his famous dunk shot has won the hearts of millions of fans. The current chairman of the Charlotte Hornets helped to popularize the NBA around the world and became a global cultural icon in the process. The legend played college basketball at the North Carolina Tar Heels under coach Dean Smith for three seasons. In 1984, he joined the Bulls as the third overall draft pick, emerging as a league star quickly.

NBA fans nicknamed him Air Jordan and His Airness due to his ability to slam dunks from the free-throw line and his leaping ability. Air Jordan achieved his first NBA championship in 1991 with the Bulls and helped the team defend its titles in 1992 and 1993. Before the 1993–94 NBA season, the former American Basketball player suddenly retired from basketball to play Minor League Baseball; but in March 1995 he returned to the Bulls, helping the club achieve three more championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998.

In 1999, Jordan announced his retirement for the second time but returned from 2001 to 2003, playing at the Washington Wizards. At the international level, Michael Jordan represented his country at two Olympic Games (1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona), 1983 Pan American Games, and 1992 Tournament of the Americas, winning four gold medals. In 1999, ESPN named him the 20th century's greatest North American athlete. Michael Jordan's net worth is $1.6 billion, becoming the fifth-richest African American and the only billionaire athlete in history. Here are the fascinating

top facts about Michael Jordan

you might want to know.

Facts you need to know about Michael Jordan

Let's take a look at the top facts about Michael Jordan. Facts like Michael Jordan birthday, wife, Instagram, which may be fascinating to basketball lovers.

Michael Jordan age and biography at point

  • Full Name:

    Michael Jeffrey Jordan

  • Nickname:

    Air Jordan, His Airness, Money, Black Cat, MJ

  • Date of Birth:

    17 February 1963

  • Place of Birth:

    Brooklyn, New York

  • Nationality:

    American

  • Height:

    1.98 m

  • Weight:

    98 kg

  • Parents:

    James R. Jordan, Sr., Deloris Jordan

  • Wife/Partner:

    Yvette Prieto (m. 2013), Juanita Vanoy (m. 1989–2006)

  • Children:

    Jeffrey Michael Jordan, Jasmine M. Jordan, Marcus Jordan, Victoria Jordan, Ysabel Jordan

  • Occupation:

    Former Professional basketball player

  • Position(s):

    The Shooting Guard, Small Forward, Outfielder

  • Club(s):

    Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards

  • Jersey/Kit Number:

    23

  • Net Worth:

    1.6 billion USD

Michael Jordan Childhood

The first part of our article on top facts about Michael Jordan is about his childhood.

Michael Jordan birthday

is on 17 February 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He was born to James R. Jordan, Sr., his father, a mechanic, and Deloris Jordan, his mother, a bank employee. His father had a great impact on Jordan's life.

Once he said: "He was my rock. You know, we were very close. He constantly gave me advice. I remember, in ninth grade, I got suspended three times in one year, and my father pulled me aside that summer and said, 'Look, you don't look like you're heading in the right direction. You know, if you want to go about doing all this mischievous stuff, you can forget sports.' And that's all I needed to hear. From that point on, it was like tunnel vision, and I never got in trouble from that point on."

Jordan also said to his mother, "You know, my mother was so strong. The first thing she says, 'You know, you got to be thankful.' You know, and I started looking at the positive. One of the things that he always taught me is that you have to take a negative and turn it into a positive. So I started looking to the other side of it, and that helped me get through it." When

Michael Jordan age

was five, he moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, with his family.

Michael Jordan family

enrolled him at Emsley A. Laney High School, and there he started his love for basketball, baseball, and football. His parents taught him hardworking and independent. Due to his short height, he was rejected to join the sophomore basketball team, so Jordan joined the school's junior basketball side. Jordan tried hard to increase his height, and due to his extraordinary performances, he was chosen for the best of all high school basketball teams, the McDonald's All-American Team.

Michael Jordan Career Stats

After reviewing

Michael Jordan childhood

, let's take a look at

Michael Jordan career stats

, that is, one of the significant-top facts about Michael Jordan. The American basketball player dropped out of university and joined the NBA Draft in 1984. The young player was chosen by Chicago Bulls, and two years later, he came back to college, graduating from the University of North Carolina. During his rookie season with the club, he averaged a ppg of 28.2; however, the Bulls didn't have much luck with victory.

Jordan gained so much popularity that his teammates resented him; as a result, players of his own team did not pass the ball to him on several occasions, losing the playoffs to Milwaukee Bucks. In a single season, MJ scored 100 blocks and 200 steals, becoming the first to do so in the history of the NBA. Although Chicago Bulls lost the playoffs to the Boston Celtics, the American basketball player performed better than before.

During the 1986–87 season, the new star of Bulls had an extraordinary season, became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season. From 1987 to 1990, Michael Jordan helped the bulls reach the first round of NBA Playoffs in the first season and till the finals in the next two. The club defeated sides such as Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, and Philadelphia 76ers; however, Detroit Pistons beat them out of the game in each season.

In the 1990-91 season, MJ led his team through the playoffs, and they reached the Eastern Conference finals. Once again, they faced Detroit Pistons, but this time, they won and played the NBA finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, achieving their first victory in the history of the game. The following two seasons, they defeated Blazers and Phoenix Suns, bagging three consecutive championships. During the Bulls' 1993 NBA playoffs, the night before a game against the New York Knicks, the American basketball player had seen gambling in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Later Jordan admitted that he had to cover $57,000 in gambling losses. Richard Esquinas wrote in his book that he had won $1.25 million from Jordan on the golf course. In 2005 Jordan said, "Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away, and I've pushed the envelope. Is that compulsive? Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. If you're willing to jeopardize your livelihood and your family, then yeah."

On 6 October 1993, Jordan announced his retirement and stated his father's murder as one of the reasons. "I didn't retire because the league kicked me out or they suspended me for a year-and-a-half. That is not true. There's no truth to that. I needed a break. My father just passed. I retired with the notion I wasn't going to come back," said Jordan. The next year, Jordan signed up with a baseball team, Chicago White Sox. His father's dream was to see his son playing baseball.

The legend also played for Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions. In 1995, Jordan returned to basketball and gave up baseball, playing once again for the Bulls, which failed to perform at the NBA championships without their star. From 1995 to 1998, Air Jordan played three seasons of NBA championship, helping them beat Seattle SuperSonics and Utah Jazz in the following two championships. He also achieved notable individual awards, including the MVP title at the NBA finals six times. In 1999, the legend announced his retirement once again and came back as the Washington Wizards' President of Basketball Operations the following year.

On 25 September 2001, Michael Jordan returned to the court as a Washington Wizards player, contributing his whole salary for the victims of the 9/11 attack. But due to his knee injury, MJ could not play too many games. The legend played his final NBA All-Star match against 'Philadelphia 76ers in 2003, beating the record of scoring the most number of points which belonged to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In his final game, fans gave him a standing ovation that lasted for three minutes.

On the international level, Michael Jordan made his debut for his country at the 1983 Pan American Games in Caracas. The legend represented his country at four competitions (1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, 1983 Pan American Games, and 1992 Tournament of the Americas. He helped his country win four gold medals, and during his time, the United States national team never lost a single game in the four tournaments in which Jordan played.

Michael Jordan Net worth & Salary

In this section, we will take a look at

Michael Jordan salary

and net worth, which is one of the fascinating top facts about Michael Jordan. Widely known as the Black Cat, Michael Jordan was regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in the world.

As of 2021,

Michael Jordan net worth

is estimated at around 1.6 billion USD. Michael Jordan salary in his last season as the Washington Wizards Basketball player was $1,030,000.

Michael Jordan Children & Wife

Football fans know about the best former American Basketball player skills, but few consider his bio, which is quite interesting. Stay tuned to read more about the

Michael Jordan family

. In 1985, the famous basketball player met Juanita Vanoy, his first wife, a model, and loan officer, after a Bulls game. Juanita explained a mutual friend had introduced the couple to one another.

After two years of dating, on New Year's Eve in 1987, Jordan proposed to Juanita, and a year after the couple had welcomed Jeffrey Jordan, their first son, they got married in 1989 in Las Vegas. Marcus, their second son, was born in 1990, and Jasmine, their daughter, in 1992. Michael and Juanita got a divorce after 17 years of marriage. The divorce cost a basketball player $168 million. One year after divorcing his ex-wife, Jordan met Yvette Prieto. The couple got married in 2013. But who is Yvette Prieto,

Michael Jordan wife

?

Yvette Prieto was born in 1979 in Cuba and grew up in Miami. She is a successful model for designers like Alexander Wang, and before meeting the basketball player, she dated Julio Iglesias Jr., the brother of singer Enrique Iglesias. Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan's wedding cost more than $10 million. They celebrated at the Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida, with numerous famous athletes and celebrities such as Spike Lee, Tiger Woods, Robin Thicke, Usher, Scottie Pippen, and Patrick Ewing.

In the case of

Michael Jordan children

, you might know that he has two more children from his second marriage. Yvette Prieto, Michael Jordan's wife, gave birth to identical twin daughters, Ysabel and Victoria, in 2014.

Facts about Michael Jordan you did not know

Michael Jordan nickname

  • Michael Jordan nickname Air Jordan was given to him by his fans. He was also known as His Airness, Money, Black Cat, and MJ.

Michael Jordan tattoo

  • The amusing fact about Michael Jordan tattoo is that the American basketball player has one tattoo on his body that he’s always been a bit sensitive about it. On the player's left pec, Jordan tattooed the Omega symbol, which represents his commitment to the black fraternity Omega Psi Phi. When he was at the University of North Carolina, the legend joined the black fraternity Omega Psi Phi.

Michael Jordan Instagram account

The Black Cat, like many basketball players, is active on Instagram. Michael Jordan Instagram account (

@michaeljordan

) had around 259k followers.

Michael Jordan height 

  • Kobe Bryant height is 198 m, and also his weight is 98 kg.

More top facts about Michael Jordan

  • One of the interesting facts about Michael Jordan is that the legend has a phobia of water. Basketball fans would think that fear is something that Jordan does not feel. But it turns out that the legend is human after all. The former basketball player has a fear of water, which stems from his childhood. Jordan saw his good friend, and this understandably scarred him for life.

  • The basketball player is the only athlete who is a billionaire, and he is also a global brand.

  • Michael Jordan's father was murdered on 23 July 1993. When Jordan Sr. returned home after spending the day playing golf, he pulled over on US Highway to take a nap. Green and Demery saw his car, and they shot Jordan to death and then stole the vehicle.

  • In 1990, Jordan wore the number 12 jersey in one game. Before the game against Orlando Magic, someone stole his number 23 jersey from the locker room.

Michael Jordan Quotes

One of the most amusing parts of SportMob's article on top facts about Michael Jordan is a look back at his most controversial quotes.

On basketball

"The game of basketball has been everything to me. My place of refuge, place I've always gone where I needed comfort and peace. It's been the site of intense pain and the most intense feelings of joy and satisfaction. It's a relationship that has evolved over time, given me the greatest respect and love for the game."

On his job

"It's a heavy duty to try to do everything and please everybody. My job was to go out there and play the game of basketball as best I can and provide entertainment for everyone who wanted to watch basketball. Obviously, people may not agree with that; again, I can't live with what everyone's impression of what I should or what I shouldn't do."

On losing weight

"I gained weight for a while, because I stopped working out once I retired. Now I'm into this fitness kick. Getting the weight off is so difficult, because you create bad habits. I used to eat and drink anything I wanted. Because of how active I was, I could get away with it. Once you get out of the daily routine of physical activity, you settle into a normal routine. It becomes harder to say no to a cheeseburger. It's tough to get in that gym when you don't have that same motivation. Before, it was, “Hey, I've got to get myself in shape because I have a season coming up.” Now it's all personal initiative."

On gambling

"To me, gambling is like going to the edge of a cliff and then calculating what the choices may be. You may push it a step further but never to the point where it endangers you or your wealth or your family. It's a challenge, it's competition. But it's not to a point where you throw all your eggs in one basket, or where it's something you need every day. I can go days and weeks without gambling. And when I say, “Okay, I've lost this one,” I walk away from it. But people say, “Oh, he's got a gambling problem.” No, I don't. I'm a competitor."

On playing game

"I know how I played the game. I know the sacrifices I made and the tunnel vision I had. And to look at a kid and say he should have the same thing is unfair. I learned that when I was in Washington, after drafting [former top pick] Kwame Brown and those guys. I tried to instill in them that type of dedication, but I had to realize their passion may not be to be a better basketball player. It may be to maximize the financial aspect of it, to get their own shoe line. That comes from a different generation. I learned it would be totally unfair to look at that kid and see myself and my motivations."

Michael Jordan Records & Achievements

Sportmob's article on top facts about Michael Jordan will end with a list of Michael Jordan individual records and notable achievements.

  • NBA champion six times (1991–1993, 1996–1998)

  • NBA Finals MVP six times (1991–1993, 1996–1998)

  • NBA Most Valuable Player five times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)

  • NBA All-Star 14 times (1985–1993, 1996–1998, 2002, 2003)

  • NBA All-Star Game MVP three times (1988, 1996, 1998)

  • All-NBA First Team ten times (1987–1993, 1996–1998)

  • All-NBA Second Team (1985)

  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1988)

  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1985)

  • NBA scoring champion ten times (1987–1993, 1996–1998)

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