At the entrance of the United Center, which is the home to the Chicago Bulls Basketball team lies a very famous monument. The statue is of no one else but Michael Jordan in full flight. The front panel capsulizes the phenomenal: “The best there ever was. The best there ever will be.” He is the game’s most celebrated and personifies talent and hard work pays.
After struggling at the beginning, Jordan flourished into a basketball star at Emsley A. Laney High school in Wilmington, North Carolina. He converted a 15-jump shot in the dying seconds of the 1982 Championship to beat Georgetown University. He was awarded The Sporting News Player of The year in 1983 and 1984. After that his career took off and he never looked back. He subsequently joined the Chicago Bull at a time when the NBA was enjoying unprecedented popularity.
In 1993, the good times were cut short after Jordan’s father was murdered. The grieving Michael stopped playing basketball and joined a baseball team. However, this period was short lived and he was soon back with the team.
Jordan’s individual honors include 5 MVP awards, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, three All-Star Game MVP awards, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, gold in the 1984 Summer Olympics, and many more accolades that he won with his team mates while he was at his peak.
He retired from Bulls in 1999 after a very successful and industrious basketball career but came back to play for the Wizards in a short stint. Jordan ventured into business and is also noted as a very successful entrepreneur. The icon helped in the success of Nike’s Air Jordan sneakers that are very popular at the moment. He featured in the movie Space Jam acting as himself. Jordan is also the majority shareholder and the chairman of NBA franchise Charlotte Bobcats.