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Wikipedia Summary for Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963), also known by his initials MJ, is an American businessman and former professional basketball player. He is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and of 23XI Racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, winning six championships with the Chicago Bulls. His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." He was integral in helping to popularize the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming a global cultural icon in the process.

Jordan played college basketball for three seasons under coach Dean Smith with the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in 1982. Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick, and quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring while gaining a reputation as one of the game's best defensive players. 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". Jordan won his first NBA championship with the Bulls in 1991, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season to play Minor League Baseball but returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three more championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998 as well as a then-record 72 regular season wins in the 1995–96 NBA season. He retired for a second time in January 1999 but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten scoring titles (both all-time records), five MVP Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game selections, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, three steals titles, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. He holds the NBA records for career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the 20th century's greatest North American athlete by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press' list of athletes of the century. Jordan was twice inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, once in 2009 for his individual career and again in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team ("The Dream Team"). He became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015.

One of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation, Jordan is also known for his product endorsements. He fueled the success of Nike's Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1984 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred as himself in the 1996 live-action animated film Space Jam, and is the central focus of the Emmy Award-winning documentary miniseries The Last Dance (2020). He became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats (now named the Hornets) in 2006, and bought a controlling interest in 2010. In 2014, Jordan became the first billionaire player in NBA history. With a net worth of $2.1 billion, he is the fourth-richest African American, behind Robert F. Smith, David Steward, and Oprah Winfrey.

Don't let others drag you down by rumors. Just go with what you believe in.

--Michael Jordan

As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop. There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.

--Michael Jordan

I've failed over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed.

--Michael Jordan

I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I cannot accept not trying.

--Michael Jordan

Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.

--Michael Jordan

The players today reflect how much the game has evolved and changed both in style and culture. ... The game now has a wider appeal to a larger market.

--Michael Jordan

You remember the remarks you made in 1994 about, 'I think I can guard you, I can shut you down, I would love to play against you?' Well, you're about to get your chance.

--Michael Jordan

Even though, physically, I can't do it, the mind says, 'Yeah, I can still do it,' and I still think I can do it better than most in the NBA.

--Michael Jordan

Being nervous isn't bad. It just means something important is happening.

--Michael Jordan

I just feel that at this particular time in my career, I've reached the pinnacle of my career, I've achieved a lot in that short amount of time, if you want to call it short, but I just feel that I don't have anything else to myself to prove.

--Michael Jordan

I'm retired 99.9%. Of course, there always is that .1%.

--Michael Jordan

I hate being out there with those garbage men. They don't get you the ball.

--Michael Jordan

You're an idiot. You've screwed up every play we ever ran. You're too stupid to even remember the plays. We ought to get rid of you.

--Michael Jordan

It's probably a twelve-day. He needs two days to wake up.

--Michael Jordan

We're beating a lot of poor teams. So what? We won a lot of games last year, too. Will Horace and Bill still be playing at this level in the playoffs...Can Pip keep it up?

--Michael Jordan

If you pass the ball to Bill Cartwright, you'll never get the ball from me.

--Michael Jordan

Its better to shoot and miss, then to let time run out and wonder what if.

--Michael Jordan

Each time I step on the basketball court, I never know what will happen. I live for the moment. I play for the moment.

--Michael Jordan

You believe an eye for an eye until you are put in that situation. If they kill those guys, it really doesn't mean much to me. My father is gone.

--Michael Jordan

I'm a firm believer in goal setting. Step by step. I can't see any other way of accomplishing anything.

--Michael Jordan

Be optimistic about everything in life.

--Michael Jordan

If I have something and move forward, it is only my weakness, which I hate and turn into my strength. You are not lost as long as you do not give up!

--Michael Jordan

There was never any fear for me, no fear of failure. If I miss a shot, so what?

--Michael Jordan

You don't show up on game day and expect to be great. Greatness happens
in practice. You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.

--Michael Jordan

You know what I think? Very few people play because they love the game. Most of them play because they make good money. They keep playing because of the money. I could care less about it. If I don't love the game, no check is going to keep me playing.

--Michael Jordan

But my drive to win is so great ... I just step over that line. ... It's very embarrassing, ... one of the things you totally regret. So you look at yourself in the mirror and say, 'I was stupid.'

--Michael Jordan

I know what's within me even if you can't see it yet...I have something more important than courage, I have patience. I will become what I know I am.

--Michael Jordan

I never feared about my skills because I put in the work. Work ethic eliminates fear. So if you put forth the work, what are you fearing? You know what you're capable of doing and what you're not.

--Michael Jordan

Don't be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try.

--Michael Jordan


I heave the basketball; I know it sails in a parabola, exhibiting perfect symmetry, which is interrupted by the basket. It's funny, but it is always interrupted by the basket.

--Michael Jordan

The basketball court for me, during a game, is the most peaceful place I can imagine. On the basketball court, I worry about nothing. When I'm out there, no one can bother me.

--Michael Jordan

When I step onto the court, I don't have to think about anything. If I have a problem off the court, I find that after I play, my mind is clearer and I can come up with a better solution. It's like therapy. It relaxes me and allows me to solve problems.

--Michael Jordan

When I play against someone that's new in the league, I make him respect me. They may have heard about me, but now you get to see me actually in front of you. That drives me.

--Michael Jordan

You have to be able to say, OK, that happened back then. Now let's take it from here and see what happens. It would be very easy to hate people for the rest of your life, and some people have done that. You've got to deal with what's happening now and try to make things better.

--Michael Jordan

Sometimes I wonder what it will be like to look back on all this. Whether it will seem real.

--Michael Jordan

I'd take 12 guys who had a strong passion for the game over 12 guys who don't respect the game.

--Michael Jordan

I know what I would do if I were coach. I'd determine our strengths and weaknesses and utilize them. And it's pretty clear what our strength is.

--Michael Jordan

Anyone who would argue that this third-generation MDX is an SUV might as well belong to the Flat Earth Society. The 2014 Acura MDX is the perfect expression of the modern car -- capable, spacious, and friendly to drive.

--Michael Jordan

I'm not afraid to take a step and if I fall, I fall. I pick myself up and move on. If we can all learn one thing in life, it's don't be afraid to take on something that you believe you're capable of achieving.

--Michael Jordan

Because I want every kid to be viewed as a person rather than as a member of a certain race does not mean that I'm not black enough... Do they want me to be positive just for black kids and negative for everybody else?

--Michael Jordan

If you can't stop thinking about it, don't stop working on it.

--Michael Jordan

I Own the guy guarding me.

--Michael Jordan

Basketball isn't just about the bright lights, packed arenas and highlight reels. Basketball is a way of life. Basketball is a relationship between you and the ball, you and your teammates. If you love the game, nobody can take that from you.

--Michael Jordan

Accept a loss as a learning experience, and never point fingers at your teammates.

--Michael Jordan

I set another goal, a reasonable, manageable goal that I could realistically achieve if I worked hard enough. I approached everything step by step.

--Michael Jordan

Learning 's a gift, even when pain ,s your teacher!

--Michael Jordan

It's easier for me to get ready for a game on the road because you're expected to lose when you play away from home. That's a challenge to right there and that perks my competitive juices.

--Michael Jordan

The minute you get away from fundamentals -- whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation -- the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you're doing.

--Michael Jordan

Suddenly all is quiet. The other nine players? They're all moving in slow motion! I'm at normal speed! I know where everyone's going even before they know themselves. The basket is huge, maybe six feet across! How can I miss? It's like throwing a rock into a pond.

--Michael Jordan

When I got cut from the varsity team as a sophomore in high school, I learned something. I knew I never wanted to feel that bad again. I never wanted to have that taste in my mouth, that hole in my stomach. So I set a goal of becoming a starter on the varsity.

--Michael Jordan

I went to a bookstore to try to find a book. The bottom line is, it all comes by trial and error. It was scary and exciting at first you don't know what to expect. But once you look into your child's eyes, you forget about that.

--Michael Jordan

If I had been playing for money I would have complained a long time ago that I was underpaid.

--Michael Jordan

Don't let them drag you down by rumors just go with what you believe in.

--Michael Jordan

I have failed many times, but I have never gone into a game expecting myself to fail.

--Michael Jordan

I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me. Failure always made me try harder next time.

--Michael Jordan

I would tell players to relax and never think about what's at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you've lost your focus.

--Michael Jordan

Patience. I will become what I know I am.

--Michael Jordan

The key to success is failure.

--Michael Jordan

The harder I prepare, the luckier I seem to get.

--Michael Jordan

Live the moment for the moment.

--Michael Jordan

Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.

--Michael Jordan

Work ethics eliminates fear.

--Michael Jordan

I've never lost a game. I just ran out of time.

--Michael Jordan

To learn to succeed, you must first learn to fail.

--Michael Jordan

If you quit once it becomes a habit. Never quit.

--Michael Jordan

DI can accept failure, but i can't accept not trying.

--Michael Jordan

Success isn't something you chase. It's something you have to put forth the effort for constantly. Then maybe it'll come when you least expect it. Most people don't understand that.

--Michael Jordan

The good part about being famous is being able to help people. The hard part is every day you have to be in a good mood, because that is what people expect. You learn to get good at it.

--Michael Jordan

Any fear is an illusion. You think something is standing in your way, but nothing is really there. What is there is an opportunity to do your best and gain some success.

--Michael Jordan

Not every flying hero has a cape.

--Michael Jordan

Another day, another opportunity to prove everyone who doubts you wrong.

--Michael Jordan

My mother is my root, my foundation. She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the ability to achieve starts in your mind.

--Michael Jordan

If you do the work you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life.

--Michael Jordan

If it turns out that my best wasn't good enough, at least I won't look back and say that I was afraid to try; failure makes me work even harder.

--Michael Jordan

Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.

--Michael Jordan

If you are confident you have done everything possible to prepare yourself, then there is nothing to fear.

--Michael Jordan

It doesn't matter if you fall down, it's whether you get back up.

--Michael Jordan

Anything can happen if you are willing to put in the work and remain open to the possibility. Dreams are realized by effort, determination, passion and staying connected to that sense of who you are.

--Michael Jordan

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it.

--Michael Jordan

Longer Version:

If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.


Failure gave me strength. Pain was my motivation.

--Michael Jordan

If you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves. Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.

--Michael Jordan

I do not have a problem, I enjoy gambling, but I think people are trying to make it seem like I have a problem, because people really don't know.

--Michael Jordan

In college I never realized the opportunities available to a pro athlete. I've been given the chance to meet all kinds of people, to travel and expand my financial capabilities, to get ideas and learn about life, to create a world apart from basketball.

--Michael Jordan

It's absolutely wrong that I don't want guys to challenge me. And the people who say that aren't in the room.

--Michael Jordan

It's hard to say if the NBA is hurt by the influx of younger players, but it's definitely impacted the league.

--Michael Jordan

I've had tendinitis since college.

--Michael Jordan

Being Michael Jordan means acting the same as I always have.

--Michael Jordan

It's a habit of mine now, noticing labels, logos, shoes.

--Michael Jordan

I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era.

--Michael Jordan

I will not quit this game because of what the media has done to me.

--Michael Jordan

Be true to the game, because the game will be true to you. If you try to shortcut the game, then the game will shortcut you. If you put forth the effort, good things will be bestowed upon you. That's truly about the game, and in some ways that's about life too.

--Michael Jordan

I want to wake up every day and do whatever comes in my mind, and not feel pressure or obligations to do anything else in my life.

--Michael Jordan

Winning isn't always championships.

--Michael Jordan

It is nerve-wracking watching my kids' games.

--Michael Jordan

I want to be the bridge to the next generation.

--Michael Jordan

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent.

--Michael Jordan

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