Michael Jordan: Beyond an Icon
Many people in this modern time would agree that we need someone in the sports world to step up and take a leading role. There are so many athletes out there today involved in scandals such as, affairs, taking of performance enhancing drugs, and even run-ins with the law. We need someone to step up not just as a role model, or some factory icon. But to bring back the integrity of the word athlete.
Michael Jordan was the Chicago Bulls superstar who beat Charles Barkley and Akeem Olajuwon for Rookie of the Year back in 1985. He may be the greatest player to ever play the game. He even has six championship rings to back up his claim, including 3 straight from ...view middle of the document...
On November 6, 1996 Michael scored 50 points for the 36th time in his career! Jordan eclipsed the 25,000 career points total, and he continues to dominate in that statistical category. He was the tenth player to score that many points, accomplishing the feat in 1996. In 2001 Michael Jordan scored his 30,000 career point, becoming the fourth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point milestone. Jordan, now with 30,014 points, joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387), Karl Malone (33,669), and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) in the 30,000+ club. He's also the Bull's All-Time leading scorer, no surprise there. His career scoring average of around 32 ppg is the best of all-time. He will undoubtedly bury this record, as there is no end in sight to his double-digit habits. He ended the season with 840 consecutive games. Jordan wins the MVP Award for the 4th time in 1996 and wins it again a 5th time in 1998.
Yet this man has not been involved in so many scandals like so many players in the professional industry today are involved in. Michael Jordan is one of the most poised and proper
men that you could find. On the court he may be aggressive and forceful but off the court he is a true gentleman.
What else can Mike do? Play defense. He became the fourth player to record 2,000 career
steals in 1996. He has led the league in steals 3 times. He was also named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1988 and has 9 All-Defensive First Team Selections to his name
Jordan, a UNC alum, was named the Consensus College player of the year. He is a true Tar Heel, always wearing his Carolina Blue shorts during a game...for good luck. He also won the NCAA Championship as a freshman at UNC. Michael was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1982. He was the 3rd pick in the draft after declaring early eligibility, with Coach Dean Smith's blessing, after his junior season. The Portland Trailblazers will always be associated with one of the biggest blunders in basketball history by passing on Jordan. Jordan started for the eastern all-stars as a Rookie and was named to the All-NBA Second Team as well as the All-Rookie First Team and Rookie of the Year.
Mike has integrity that is second to no man. He is also a family man, he is married, and he and his wife Juanita have 3 kids, named Jasmine, Jeffrey and Marcus. He has been on two Olympic Gold Medal teams. Once as a college player and the second time on Dream Team I in 1992.
Air Jordan, is one of the two most explosive dunkers of all-time, the other being Dr. J. He has won the Slam Dunk Contest Twice, then basically retired from the competition. Michael dons a brand new pair of "Air Jordans" for each game, usually donating the pair after the game.
Jordan's father, James, was killed in a robbery in 1993. This devastating event in Michael's
life was partially responsible for him leaving...