Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.
Basketball is a sport, generally played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court.
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He is also a businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets.
The Charlotte Hornets are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.
The National Basketball Association is the pre-eminent men's professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world.
His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."
Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina.
As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982.
Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick.
He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring.
His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness".
A slam dunk, also dunk or dunk shot, is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air, controls the ball above the horizontal plane of the rim, and scores by putting the ball directly through the basket with one or both hands.
In basketball, free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted area on the court, and are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team.
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He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.
In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat".
Three-peat is a term used primarily in American sports to refer to winning three consecutive championships.
Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season.
Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.
Jordan retired for a second time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The NBA All-Star Game is a basketball exhibition game hosted annually by the National Basketball Association, matching the league's star players from the Eastern Conference against their counterparts from the Western Conference.
The NBA's Defensive Player of the Year Award is an annual National Basketball Association award given since the 1982–83 NBA season to the best defensive player of the regular season.
Defensive Player of the Year is the name of an award given in sports for outstanding defensive play by a single player over the course of a season.
Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average.
In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century.
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George Herman "Babe" Ruth was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935.
Jordan is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, having been enshrined in 2009 for his individual career, and again in 2010 as part of the group induction of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum and hall of fame, located at 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team, nicknamed the "Dream Team", was the first American Olympic team to feature active NBA players.
He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.
The FIBA Hall of Fame honors basketball players, coaches, and administrators, who have contributed to international competitive basketball.
Jordan is also known for his product endorsements.