If you grew up in the 90’s, there is one name that is likely ingrained in your memory, one that inspired us to greatness and to look on with childlike admiration. It was so iconic, we did just about everything we could to save up enough money to buy a pair of those shoes. That name is simply, Jordan. Arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, and the namesake of the most sought after sneakers in history, Michael Jordan made us want to be “like Mike.”
Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, but when he was just an infant, his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. There, he attended Emsley A. Laney High School where he participated in all kinds of sports, from basketball, to football, to baseball. In his sophomore year in high school, he tried to make the varsity basketball team and failed. But that next summer, he grew four inches and improved his training to finally earn a spot in the high school basketball team. During his senior year, he averaged 29.2 points, 11.6 rebound and 10.1 assists, an outstanding output earning him a sport on the McDonald’s All-American Team. Despite being courted by many schools including Duke, South Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia, Jordan decided to attend North Carolina University with legendary coach Dean Smith.
At North Carolina he became an NCAA All-American and scored the winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship - the first of many memorable shots in his career.
With the third pick in the 1984's NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls selected Michael Jordan, following the Houston Rockets selection of Hakeem Olajuwon and the Trail Blazers choice of Sam Bowie.
Jordan quickly became a fan favorite during his rookie season by averaging 28.2 points per game on 51.5% shooting. After a few stumbles with the defeat in the Eastern Conference finals against the Detroit Pistons, Michael Jordan and his Bulls were able to overcome and become three-peat champions from 1991 to 1993.
On October 6, 1993, after the shocking murder of his father, Jordan abruptly retired from basketball to pursue a baseball career. He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox.
In March 1995, Jordan decided to quit baseball do to the ongoing baseball strike and decided to announce his return to basketball with a two-word press release, "I'm back." The next day Jordan returned to the NBA wearing the number 45, his baseball number. Orlando's Nick Anderson commented Jordan "didn't look like the old Michael Jordan" and "No.45 doesn't explode like No.23 used to." Jordan responded by scoring 38 points in the next game and decided to go back to number 23.
Jordan would go on to win three titles in a row from 1996 to 1998 NBA championships. He was part of the 1992 olympic Dream Team which won Gold in Barcelona. His legacy as the greatest baskeball player to date, has been cemented with five regular season MVPs, six Finals MVP, three All Star MVPs, the demand of sneaker heads everywhere for his Jordans. Few athletes have reached the world wide recognition and admiration as Michael Jordan.