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23 Facts About Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is a basketball legend that most everyone knows about. Even someone who isn’t a big basketball fan could probably tell you something about him.

He is regarded as the best basketball player ever. He is. And he, along with LeBron James, are the two basketball players everyone mentions in the G.O.A.T talks.

Perhaps there’s something you don’t know about him. A fact you may have missed. We’ve found 23 interesting facts about Michael Jordan below:

  1. Back in the year 1990, Michael Jordan had to play a game against the Orlando Magic with the number 12 instead of his usual 23, because someone had apparently stolen his jersey.

  2. He donated his first year salary with the Washington Wizards to various 9/11 relief funds. He said in a statement, “This fund is one of several wonderful efforts that will benefit the victims of the September 11th attacks."

  3. Even though he never played for the Miami Heat, his jersey is retired there out of respect.

  4. Once upon a time he had the nickname Captain Marvel. That was in the beginning of his career and it never stuck.

  5. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by then President Barack Obama.

  6. In 2009, he was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  7. He majored in Cultural Geography while at the University of North Carolina.

  8. He preferred Adidas over Nike back in the day.

  9. He was named the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984.

  10. He received Rookie of the Year in the NBA in 1985.

  11. His ability to jump and do crazy dunks and incredibly athletic things on the court garnered the nickname, Air Jordan.

  12. He was the 3rd overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

  13. He was awarded the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award five times.

  14. He was awarded the NBA Finals MVP award six times.

  15. He was the NBA scoring leader 10 times.

  16. He won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 1987.

  17. He is a 14-time NBA All-Star.

  18. He once had 10 triple doubles in 11 games.

  19. He had the game-winning shot when he was at the University of North Carolina, against Georgetown University in 1982.

  20. He retired from the NBA three times: 1993, 1998, and his official end in basketball came in 2003.

  21. He had a stint in baseball in 1994, which occurred after his father died. His father had wanted him to play baseball.

  22. He starred in the movie Space Jam .

  23. He played a total of 1,072 regular season NBA games.

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