His Airness, MJ

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“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials, MJ, is an american former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Rookie Year

MJ was the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. In his rookie year he averaged 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shooting. He quickly became  a fan favorite even in opposing arenas. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the heading, “A Star Is Born”. Even while being a rookie, He immediately was voted to become an All Star in the “East vs West” NBA All Star Game. Of course, he was voted to become the Rookie of The Year.

2MJ on Sports illustrated magazine

1987-88 Season (Third Year)

He again, led the NBA in scoring averaging 35.0 points per game on 53.5% shooting. He won his first league MVP award. He was named Defensive Player of the Year averaging 1.6 blocks and a league high 3.16 steals per game.

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Michael Jordan with a MONSTER BLOCK!

First Three-Peat (1991-1993)

In the 1990-91 season, Jordan won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 points per game on 53.9% shooting, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 5.5 assists per game for the regular season.  They advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals and met with their rivals, the Detroit Pistons. Surprisingly, they swept the Detroit Pistons to advance to the NBA Finals. In the Finals, they met Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling 5-game series; Bulls won the series over the Lakers four games to one. 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 mid air to lay the shot in.

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MJ getting emotinal after the win

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Air Jordan changes hands in MID AIR!

Slam Dunk Contest

Why do you think MJ got his nicknames “Air Jordan”, “His Airness”? It’s because of his ability to finish hard at the rim. Also his skill to hang at longer periods on the air. He became the Slam Dunk Champion back-to-back in the years 1987 and 1988. His most memorable feat was when he soared from the free throw line to dunk!

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The FAMOUS free throw line dunk pose

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MJ showing the elevation and creativity while dunking

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Slammin’ the ball with passion. This must be spectacular to see

Second Three-Peat (1995-1998)

The Chicago Bulls ended with best regular season record in NBA history: 72-10. Jordan once again led the league in scoring. He averaged 30.4 points per game and won the league’s regular season and All Star Game MVP awards. They defeated the Seattle Supersonics in the Finals and Jordan was again crowned Finals MVP, his fourth. Since this was Jordan’s first championship since his father’s murder, and it was won on Father’s Day, Jordan reacted very emotionally upon winning the title, including a memorable scene of him sobbing on the locker room floor with the game ball.

In the 1996-1997 season, the bulls again advanced to the finals, where they faced Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz. In this series, Jordan again made memorable clutch moments. He won Game 1 for the Bulls with a buzzer-beating shot. In Game 5, Jordan played his infamous “Flu Game”. Dehydrated and suffering from a stomach virus, Jordan scored 38 points and made a game deciding 3 point shot with 25 seconds remaining. MJ was once again awarded with another Finals MVP Award.

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Fathers’ Day celebration: Jordan sobbing with the game ball after winning, on Fathers’ Day, his first championship after the death of his father. 

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Pippen psyching Jordan up in the memorable “Flu Game.”

In the 1997-1998 season, Jordan once again led the league in scoring. He averaged 28.7 points per game. Jordan and Malone battled once again in the Finals. In Game 6, Jordan once again hit a game winning jump shot as he blew by Russel Grant of the Utah Jazz. He was awarded with his 6th NBA Finals Award, a NBA record for most Finals MVP by a player.  The 1998 Finals holds the highest television rating of any Finals series in history, and Game 6 holds the highest television rating of any game in NBA history.

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He danced past Russel Grant..

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..and took the game winning shot!

Michael Jordan even has his own branch of Nike named, “Air Jordan”. Many NBA players wear Jordan shoes. All Star players like Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony even signed a contract to create a signature shoe with the franchise.

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The Melo 9. Latest signature shoe of Carmelo Anthony from Air Jordan and 

The CP3 VI. Latest signature shoe of Carmelo Anthony from Air Jordan.

To those who like to compare Kobe and LeBron to Michael Jordan, this picture will explain it all.

WORD

Ammuyutan, Andre

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