By Jérémy Musoki
October 26, 2023
On October 26, 1984, the basketball world witnessed the emergence of a living legend. Michael Jeffrey Jordan, commonly known as “MJ”, “His Airness”, “The GOAT” (The Greatest of All Time), or simply “MJ23”, began his iconic career with the Chicago Bulls. This career has shaped sports, the fashion industry, and popular culture in an unparalleled way. Here’s a look at the sensational career of the man who redefined what it means to be an athlete.
The Beginnings: The Rise of Air Jordan
A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, Michael Jordan quickly made his mark on the college basketball court as a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels. His buzzer-beating shot to give his team the victory in the 1982 national championship remains one of the most memorable moments in college basketball history.
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However, it was joining the Chicago Bulls that Jordan truly took off. His rookie season was marked by an average of 28.2 points per game, thus announcing the arrival of a new NBA superstar. His “above the rim” style of play and ability to score incredible baskets earned him the nickname “Air Jordan.” With him, the Bulls became a dominant force.
However, MJ doesn’t make it to the end. For several years, the inevitable ring seemed far away. And at the same time, it starts at the end of the Magic-Bird era. Then the Detroit Bad Boys get involved and terrorize the league. The dynasty of Isiah Thomas, still sworn enemy of His Airness to this day, seems set to last. Until the summer of 90.
Isiah Thomas et MJ – Getty Image
The summer of 90 is the super sayajin transformation of the Black Cat (MJ, not Karl-Anthony Town, follow along!). Gym, shonen determination and to complete it all, the arrival of the ultimate sidekick, I named Scottie Pippen. Well since then, there have been others! D Wade, Kyrie, Klay, Kob… just kidding! Even if some consider Shaq to be The Man, the Black Mamba has risen to the broader convo of the three GOATs.
The golden years: Six rings for Michael Jordan
Jordan spent most of the 90s dominating the NBA. He led the Bulls to six NBA championships in eight years, a winning streak unmatched since the days of Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics in the 1960s. These consecutive victories cemented Jordan’s reputation as an unwavering competitor and leader. team. A legendary first Threebeat.
The fine team during the Flu game
Six finals, six MVP trophies attached to it. His incredibly versatile game has earned him five regular season MVP trophies and 14 invitations to the NBA All-Star Game, winning two All-Star Game MVPs.
Cultural heritage: Air Jordan and the influence of MJ
In addition to his exploits on the field, Michael Jordan has left an indelible mark on popular culture. Nike’s “Air Jordan” franchise, launched in 1985, has become a global phenomenon. Air Jordan shoes have become fashion icons and a style statement.
Jordan also made the jump to cinema with the film “Space Jam”, where he starred alongside animated characters such as Bugs Bunny. That film became an animated classic, and its 2021 sequel served as a reminder of Jordan’s lasting impact on popular culture.
Return and retirement: A historic comeback and a second Threepeat for posterity
After his first retirement in 1993, Jordan surprised the world by returning to the Bulls in 1995. He won three more consecutive championships from 1996 to 1998. His second retirement marked the end of his time in Chicago, but he continued to play for the Washington Wizards before retiring for good in 2003.
The timeless legacy of MJ23
Michael Jordan’s career has been a (partially) unparalleled journey of success, records and iconic moments. His legacy lives on in the NBA, where he is often considered the greatest player of all time. His number 23 is retired by the Bulls, a testament to his invaluable contribution to the franchise and several others.
MJ also continued to be involved in the world of basketball as the owner of Charlotte Hornets. His philanthropy and commitment to the community make him a role model for the next generation of athletes.
Michael Jordan’s career, since his first basket with the Chicago Bulls in 1984, has been an extraordinary epic. His impact on basketball, popular culture and fashion remains unparalleled. Michael Jordan is more than a baller; he is a living legend, a role model and a global icon. And to delve into MJ’s story, Netflix released “The Last Dance” in 2020, a documentary retracing the journey of Bugs Bunny’s teammate.
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