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23 Facts You Might Not Know; Michael Jordan

You know about his slams, sensational shots, and his shoes. But here are 23 facts about MJ that you might not know.

1) Jordan was a 3 time  NBA Steals Champion (1988, 1990, 1993).

2) His number 23 has been retired by the Chicago Bulls, North Carolina Tarheels and the Miami Heat.

North Carolina's Michael Jordan (23) shoots vs. Georgetown's Patrick Ewing (33) in NCAA Championship; New Orleans, LA 3/29/1982 Credit: Heinz Kluetmeier SetNumber: X26699

North Carolina’s Michael Jordan (23) shoots vs. Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing (33) in NCAA Championship; New Orleans, LA 3/29/1982
Credit: Heinz Kluetmeier
SetNumber: X26699

3) Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn New York.

4) 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.

5) 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.

6) Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 5’11” (1.80 m), he was deemed too short to play at that level.

7) As a senior in High School he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team after averaging 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 assists.

8) As a freshman in coach Dean Smith’s team-oriented system, he was named ACC Freshman of the Year after he averaged 13.4 (ppg) on 53.4% shooting.

9) He made the game-winning jump shot in the 1992 NCAA Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing.

hakeem-olajuwon10) The Chicago Bulls selected Jordan with the third overall pick, after Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) and Sam Bowie (Portland Trail Blazers).

11) Jordan left a year before he was to graduate for the NBA Draft but, he returned to North Carolina to complete his degree in 1986.

12) Jordan appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading “A Star Is Born” just over a month into his professional career.

13) Jordan was also voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season.

14) Controversy arose before the 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 him the ball throughout the game.

15) Jordan’s 2nd season was cut short by a broken foot in the third game of the season, which caused him to miss 64 games. Despite Jordan’s injury and a 30–52 record (at the time it was fifth worst record of any team to qualify for the playoffs in NBA history), the Bulls made the play-offs.

JordanDunk16) Jordan recovered in time to participate in the playoffs and performed well upon his return. Against a 1985-86 Boston Celtics team that is often considered one of the greatest in NBA history, Jordan set the still-unbroken record for points in a playoff game with 63 in Game 2. The Celtics, however, managed to sweep the series.

17) In the 1986-87 season, he became the only player other than Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season.

18) Also in the 1986-87 season, Jordan became the first player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocks in a season.

19) In the 1987-1990 seasons, Jordan lead the NBA in scoring but were beat in the play-offs by the Detroit Pistons every year lead by Isaiah Thomas. The Pistons used a term called the “Jordan Rule” which was they doubled and or triple teamed Jordan.

20) In the 1990-91 season the Bulls finally beat the Pistons in a 4 game sweep.  In an unusual ending to the 4th and final game, Isiah Thomas led his team off the court before the final seconds had concluded. Most of the Pistons went directly to their locker room instead of shaking hands with the Bulls.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 7:  Michael Jordan #45 of the Chicago White Sox bats during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs on April 7, 1994 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 7: Michael Jordan #45 of the Chicago White Sox bats during a spring training game against the Chicago Cubs on April 7, 1994 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

21) The Bulls again went to the NBA Finals again in the 1991-92 season. In Game 1 of the finals Jordan scored a Finals-record 35 points…..in the 1st half.

22) Jordan’s father was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery. The assailants were traced from calls they made on James Jordan’s cellular phone, caught, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. Jordan was close to his father; as a child he had imitated his father’s proclivity to stick out his tongue while absorbed in work. He later adopted it as his own signature, displaying it each time he drove to the basket.

23) Jordan retired then surprised the sports world by signing a minor league baseball contract with the Chicago White Sox on February 7, 1994.  Jordan was assigned to the team’s minor league system on March 31, 1994. Jordan has stated this decision was made to pursue the dream of his late father, who had always envisioned his son as a Major League Baseball player. The White Sox were another team owned by Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who continued to honor Jordan’s basketball contract during the years he played baseball.

 

 

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