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Happy Birthday, Michael! 23 Things About #23

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- Michael Jordan - born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York
- the fourth of five children.
- Jordan didn't make the varsity as a sophomore at Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C
- "It was embarrassing not making that team," - Jordan
- 1990: Jordan wore #12 only once after an arena employee stole his uniform
- With his father James at his side in 1991, he openly cried while cradling the Larry O'Brien Trophy after the Bulls won their first championship
- Jordan lost his father to an act of violence at the end of the '92 - '93 season
- Jordan is 6"6 - neither of his parents were over 5'9
- He wore his University of North Carolina shorts under his uniform in every game during his time with the Chicago Bulls. He believed they brought him luck.
- This was the beginning of the "long shorts" trend in the NBA
- Jordan was voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his rookie season.
- This led to a so called "freeze-out" on Jordan, where players refused to pass him the ball throughout the game
- Jordan's body fat was once measured at 4%
- average American male: 15-20%
- average professional athlete: 7-8%
- He proposed to his long time girlfriend, Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas Eve, 2011
- Michael spent his off seasons taking hundreds of jump shots per day, until it was perfected


- 1981 - Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina
- majored in cultural geography.
- 'By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time'. - quote from the NBA
- Holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average
- Average = 30.12 points per game
- highest career playoff
- average = 33.45 points per game
- 1986-87 became the only player besides Wilt Chamberlain to score more than 3,000 points in a season, getting 3,041.
- Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself.
- 1999 - named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN
- second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century.
- Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.
- 5X winner of NBA's Most Valuable Player Award
- Appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated a record 49 times
- As a 31-year-old rookie with no professional baseball experience
- he drove in 51 runs
- stole 30 bases
- 6 outfield assists
- had 7 game-winning hits
- On Jan. 13, 1999, Jordan, at 35, retired - again.


- Yearly income from the endorsements estimated to be over $40m
- $178,100 a day, working or not
- If he goes to see a movie, it'll cost him $7.00, but he'll make $18,550 while he's there
- He makes $7,415/hour more than minimum wage.
- If he wanted to save up for a new Acura NSX ($90,000) it would take him a whole 12 hours.
- Topped "Forbes" magazine's "The 10 Most Expensive Celebrity Divorces", with an estimated settlement of $168 million.