Happy Birthday, Michael Jordan. Stats and Facts about the famous #23
– Michael Jordan – born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York
– the fourth of five children.
– Jordan didn’t make the varsity as a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C
– “It was embarrassing not making that team,” – Jordan
– 1990: Jordan wore #12 only once after an arena employee stole his uniform
– With his father James at his side in 1991, he openly cried while cradling the Larry O’Brien Trophy after the Bulls won their first championship
– Jordan lost his father to an act of violence at the end of the ’92 – ’93 season
– Jordan is 6″6 – neither of his parents were over 5’9
– He wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every game during his time with the Chicago Bulls. He believed they brought him luck.
– This was the beginning of the “long shorts” trend in the NBA
– Jordan was voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season.
– This led to a so called “freeze-out” on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game
– Jordan’s body fat was once measured at 4%
– average American male: 15-20%
– average professional athlete: 7-8%
– He proposed to his long time girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas Eve, 2011
– Michael spent his off seasons taking hundreds of jump shots per day, until it was perfected
– 1981 – Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina
– majored in cultural geography.
– ‘By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time’. – quote from the NBA
– Holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average
– Average = 30.12 points per game
– highest career playoff
– average = 33.45 points per game
– 1986-87 became the only player besides Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a season, getting 3,041.
– Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.
– 1999 – named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN
– second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press’s list of athletes of the century.
– Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
– 5X winner of NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award
– Appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated a record 49 times
– As a 31-year-old rookie with no professional baseball experience
– he drove in 51 runs
– stole 30 bases
– 6 outfield assists
– had 7 game-winning hits
– On Jan. 13, 1999, Jordan, at 35, retired – again.
– Yearly income from the endorsements estimated to be over $40m
– $178,100 a day, working or not
– If he goes to see a movie, it’ll cost him $7.00, but he’ll make $18,550 while he’s there
– He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.
– If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.
– Topped “Forbes” magazine’s “The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces”, with an estimated settlement of $168 million.