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Michael Jordan

Back In The Game

After a brief attempt to start a baseball career, Jordan roared back from retirement in 1995, again playing for the Bulls. His first season back, he was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player. In 1996, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player again in 1997. In 1999, he "retired" again at 36 years old but stayed in the game as an owner and executive when he became part owner of the Washington Wizards in 2000 and director of basketball operations for the team.

Jordan, however, found it impossible to stay off the court. He was 38 years old when he announced the end of his second retirement, saying that he would play for the Wizards. NBA rules required that he sell his ownership stake in the Wizards before playing for the team. He also had to give up his management position with the Wizards to avoid a conflict of interest created by being both a manager and a player.

Space Jam

In 1996, at the height of Michael Jordan's fame and popularity, Warner Bros. Released a feature film that featured Jordan as a live-action character in a cartoon world. Actually, he wasn't a character at all; he just played himself along side such cartoon notables as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Directed by Joe Pytka, and featuring the voices of, among others, Billy West and Danny Devito, Space Jam was Jordan's first feature film appearance, and a rather unusual one at that. The film features a tongue-in-cheek treatment of Jordan and his career as a superstar and a pure fantasy plot involving a parallel cartoon universe. When a group of Looney Tunes cartoon stars, including Bugs and Daffy, are kidnapped by some evil aliens, the cartoon characters hatch a plot to free themselves using the basketball talents of Michael Jordan., which he displays to good effect in the film's finale.

The film's animators smoothly combined live-action footage with hand-drawn and computer-generated animations, allowing the cartoon characters to travel from their cartoon universe to ours, and to pull Jordan from our universe into theirs. Space Jam, declared Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times, "is a happy marriage of good ideas—three films for the price of one, giving us a comic treatment of the career adventures of Michael Jordan, crossed with Looney Tunes cartoon and some showbiz warfare…. The result is delightful, a family movie in the best sense (whichmeans the adults will enjoy it, too)."

Awards and Accomplishments

1981 Breaks record at McDonald's All-American game by scoring 30 points
1982 Scores winning points in NCAA championship game
1984 Named college Player of the Year
1984 Wins Olympic gold medal with U.S. basketball team
1985 Named NBA Rookie of the Year
1986-87 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1987 Winner, Slam Dunk Contest
1987-88 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1987-88 Named NBA Defensive Player of the Year
1987-88 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1987-88 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1988 Wins Slam Dunk Contest
1988 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1988 Named NBA All-Star Games Most Valuable Player
1988-89 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1988-89 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1989-90 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1989-90 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1990-91 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1990-91 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1990-91 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1991 Leads Chicago Bulls to their first NBA title
1991-92 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1991-92 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1991-92 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1992 Wins Olympic gold medal with U.S. basketball team
1992-93 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1992-93 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1995-96 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1995-96 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1995-96 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1996 Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
1996 Named NBA All-Star Games Most Valuable Player
1996-97 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1996-97 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1997-98 Named NBA Most Valuable Player
1997-98 Named to the All-NBA First Team
1997-98 Named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team
1998 Named NBA All-Star Games Most Valuable Player

Before Jordan could play again, he had to get back in shape, shedding 28 pounds, and undergoing a training regimen that included practicing with increasingly experienced

Michael Jordan, shooting for basket

basketball players. As he said on his Web site: "It was definitely tougher to come back…than I had expected. After taking time off the sport, I had to work much harder to get my body back into shape. My body is also a lot older than it used to be…that that's ok. I came back for the love of the game.…"

Jordan stepped onto the court as a player once again in the 2001-02 season, but after a knee injury requiring surgery forced him to miss 20 games the following season, he again announced his retirement. "At the end of this season, I'm not looking to enter another contract," he told the Washington Post's Steve Wyche in November, 2002. "Right now I want to finish this year out and hopefully fulfill my obligations and let this team take its own course." He also indicated that he would resume his managerial role with the Wizards, and other sources reported that he planned to repurchase the ownership stake in the team that he had given up in order to become a player.

Jordan is married to Juanita Jordan. They have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine Mikail. His leisure pursuits include shopping. "I am a huge shopper," Jordan said on his Web site, "although it is hard for me to go to malls and stores since I am easily recognized. Therefore, I do a lot of my shopping through catalogues. I love shopping in New York City and some stores will even open on their off hours for me." Jordan also enjoys playing golf. In fact, he said on his Web site, "When I'm not on the court, you can probably find me on the golf course. However, I am a total hack! For the most part it is a great mental sport that allows me to relax and get away."

Jordan is also involved in many business ventures and charities not related to basketball. Among them, a chain of restaurants located in Chicago, New York, Chapel Hill, and in Connecticut. Among the charities he supports are Make-A-Wish, Ronald McDonald House, and the Boys & Girls Clubs. "It is very important for me to give back to others," he explains on his Web site. "My wife and I also give to many local charities which benefit children."

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP PTS FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF
CHI: Chicago Bulls; WAS: Washington Wizards.
1984-85 CHI 82 28.2 .515 .173 .845 6.50 5.9 2.39 .84 3.55 3.50
1985-86 CHI 18 22.7 .457 .167 .840 3.60 2.9 2.06 1.17 2.50 2.60
1986-87 CHI 82 37.1 .482 .182 .857 5.20 4.6 2.88 1.52 3.32 2.90
1987-88 CHI 82 35.0 .535 .137 .841 5.50 5.9 3.16 1.60 3.07 3.30
1988-89 CHI 81 32.5 .538 .276 .850 8.00 8.0 2.89 .80 3.58 3.00
1989-90 CHI 82 33.6 .526 .376 .848 6.90 6.3 2.77 .66 3.01 2.90
1990-91 CHI 82 31.5 .539 .312 .851 6.00 5.5 2.72 1.01 2.46 2.80
1991-92 CHI 80 30.1 .519 .270 .832 6.40 6.1 2.28 .94 2.50 2.50
1992-93 CHI 78 32.6 .495 .352 .837 6.70 5.5 2.83 .78 2.65 2.40
1994-95 CHI 17 26.9 .411 .500 .801 6.90 5.3 1.76 .76 2.06 2.80
1995-96 CHI 82 30.4 .495 .427 .834 6.60 4.3 2.20 .51 2.40 2.40
1996-97 CHI 82 29.6 .486 .374 .833 5.90 4.3 1.71 .54 2.02 1.90
1997-98 CHI 82 28.7 .465 .238 .784 5.80 3.5 1.72 .55 2.26 1.80
2001-02 WAS 60 22.9 .416 .189 .790 5.70 5.2 1.42 .43 2.70 2.00
2002-03 WAS 18 17.1 .454 .385 .733 4.30 2.8 1.67 .39 1.72 2.20
TOTAL 1008 30.7 .500 .328 .835 6.20 5.3 2.40 .85 2.76 2.60

After finally retiring as a player, Jordan looked forward to spending more time with his family "as well as trying to live for the moment and enjoy each day as it comes," he said on his Web site. He also planned to play a lot of golf.

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