Today is the day the NBA gathers all its biggest and most accomplished stars for their annual All-Star game, a chance for fans of the sport across the world to enjoy the wonders and excitement that basketball brings, so it’s only fitting that it would coincide with the birthday of the greatest entertainer and player the NBA ever saw, Michael Jordan.
Recognized by an overwhelming majority of fans, former players and legends alike as the greatest of all time (G.O.A.T.), Jordan turns 50 years old today. He stands atop the world of sports as not only a historically unparallelled athlete, but also as one of the world’s most famous people, a pioneering shoe endorser and NBA owner as well.
He is a six-time NBA champion, six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time regular season MVP and is the NBA’s third all-time leading scorer with 32,292 career points. He’s an NCAA champion, two-time Olympic Gold medalist with 14 NBA All-Star selections and three All-Star game MVPs. He won the slam dunk contest twice and was named rookie of the year in 1985 and defensive player of the year in 1988. He holds an incredible amount of NBA records, including highest career scoring average (30.1), most scoring titles ever (10), most consecutive scoring titles (7 straight), he’s third on the all-time steals list with 2,514 and he led his Chicago Bulls to the greatest record in basketball history – 72 wins and only 10 losses.
He inspired an entire generation with his skills. His reach didn’t only extend to fans either, but helped spark the careers of future legends like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
“Sometimes I dream…that he is me…”
I don’t stand a chance at properly measuring his greatness with my words, so I’ve assembled some excellent articles, stories and videos that do a much better job, including a piece from the great Michael Wilbon on Jordan’s unmatched achievements and an excellent interview and look into the mind of the man himself by Wright Thompson. You can also take a look at some photos of the best moments in Jordan’s career.
Reading’s not your thing? Not to worry, grab a chair, relax and enjoy the videos below.
Happy Birthday your Airness, thanks for all the wonderful memories!