Basketball's Soaring Star- By Paul J Deegan
For most of his career, Michael Jordan played for the Chicago Bulls, but later into his career, he played for the Washington Wizards. All of his major accomplishments happened when he was on the bulls. In 1986, MJ scored 63 points against the Celtics in a playoff game. TO this day, that is still the most points ever scored in playoff history. In 1987, Jordan was the first player in more than 20 years to score 3,000 points in one season. The last one to do it was Wilt Chamberlain. In 1986-1987, he averaged 37.1 points in a single game while he was on the bulls, and in 1988 he led the NBA in scoring and steals. In the same year, he won NBA most valuable player (MVP) and NBA defensive player of the year. Michael Jordan did not care about the money from basketball, the main reason he played is because he loved the game. He said "Could anything be better, than getting paid to do what you love most?" Jordan loved to play basketball, and it showed when he played. He was drafted into the NBA in the spring of 1984. He was picked number 3 in the draft, by the Chicago bulls. Jordan got off to a great start, when he scored 22 points in the first quarter in his third NBA game, and scored a total of 45 points in his 9th NBA game. In this season, Jordan continued to play great, and won rookie of the year. Jordan increased the bulls ticket sales by 87%, even on the road. The fans loved to watch him play, and especially they loved to watch his dunk. That is where he got his nick name, Air Jordan. Jordan continued his amazing start to his career, and then retired at the G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time)
Michael Jordan's Legacy - Career Highlights
Like No Other
Jordan was not your average athlete, as you probably know. Jordan had incredible athletic abilities. Unlike others, he played two professional sports, baseball and basketball. He was an average baseball player, but was an absolutely amazing basketball player. He broke records, and won championships. Jordan was also an amazing dunker. Jordan has one of the longest dunks in NBA history, when he jumped just in front of the free throw line. Like many others, Jordan did win dunk contests. But unlike many NBA players, Jordan has 6 championship rings. Jordan's teammate, Scottie Pippen also won 6 rings, as well as Bob Cousy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Even some over the best players in league said Jordan was amazing. Celtics forward Larry Bird said Jordan is "like no other" and "one of a kind, the best ever." That means a lot coming from Larry Bird, who is also one of the best players to ever live. Jordan had unusually large hands, unlike other players, he could switch hands with the ball in mid air. Michael Jordan was not your average athlete, he was one of the most athletic people to ever live.
Michael Jordan is showing off his 6 amazing rings. (Championship rings)
Michael Jordans Amazing Stats on a chart
Michael Jordan also played on the wizards, did not do as well as when he was on the bulls.