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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Michael Jordan, Usa  > talk From NBA.com: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.

Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. Magic Johnson said, "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: "God disguised as Michael Jordan."

He is not only the top player of his era, but is quite possibly the best player ever to wear the uniform of an NBA team. A legend on the court, Jordan added to his mystique with a totally unexpected retirement just before the 1993-94 season. After a year spent playing minor league baseball, he authored yet another amazing chapter to his story by returning to the Chicago Bulls late in the 1994-95 campaign with his basketball skills intact. By the end of the 1997-98 season, he had won a record 10th scoring title and led the Bulls to their sixth NBA championship of the 1990s..."<



From Wikipedia.com: Considered a remarkable force at both ends of the floor, "M.J." ended an NBA career of 15 seasons with a regular-season scoring average of 30.12 points per game, the highest in NBA history (marginally ahead of Wilt Chamberlain's 30.06). He won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls (during which he won all six NBA Finals MVP awards), won 10 scoring titles, and was league MVP five times. He was named to the All-NBA First Team 10 times, All-Defensive First Team nine times, and led the league in steals three times. Since 1983, he has appeared on the front cover of Sports Illustrated a record 49 times, and was named the magazine's "Sportsman of the Year" in 1991. In 1999, he was named "the greatest athlete of the 20th century" by ESPN, and was second only to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press list of top athletes of the century

Michael Jordan Profile

Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Nickname: Air Jordan, "Mike", His Airness, MJ
Born: 02/17/1963
Status: Retired (1) as a player October 06, 1993; Activated from retirement, March 18, 1995; Retired (2) as a player, January 13, 1999; Signed with Washington Wizards, September 25, 2001; Retired (3) April 16, 2003 (last game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers)
Origin: Brooklyn, New York
Height: 6-6/1,98m
Weight: 216lbs./98,0kg.
Schools: Laney High School (Wilmington, N.C.), University of North Carolina '84
Drafted: 1984, First Round, Third pick overall by the Chicago Bulls
Languages: English
Website: InterBasket
Teams (jersey): North Carolina Tarheels (#23), Chicago Bulls (23) and (45), US National Team (1984 as a college player and 1992's Dream Team), Washington Wizards (23)
Ibn Notes: Whats there to say that hasnít been said. The man was basketball. From clutch game-winning jumpers to near-impossible reverse layups to the six championships to facials over players almost a foot taller than him. After finally defeating Isiah Thomas and Detroit Pistons, their nemesis that kept the Chicago Bulls from advancing, Jordan and his team never looked back Ė dominating the league and winning three championships in as many years.
So, I did the math: Michael Jordan could have retired from the NBA as the all-time leader in points scored.  Instead he sits at #3 because of his propensity for premature retirement.  One day while bored at work, I calculated that Michael Jordan, had he not retired a couple times and played out his entire career (not counting injury), could have obtained the All-Time NBA Scoring Record (total points).  And yes he would have easily surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.  To be exact, I determined that Jordan would put up 3,307 more points than Kareem, by tallying 41,694 points compared to Kareem's 38,387.  How did I conclude this?  Check out this post in our forum for the exact calculation.

Accomplishments: Six-time NBA champion (1991-93, 1996-98); Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, 1992); Five-time NBA MVP (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); All-NBA Second Team (1985); Defensive Player of the Year (1988); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93, 1996-98); Rookie of the Year (1985); 14-time NBA All-Star; NBA All-Star MVP (1988, 1996, 1998).

Michael Jordan Links  From our forum: Could Michael Jordan Have Been the NBA-All-Time Leading Scorer?,  The Case Against MichaelJordan  Articles and other resources:  Michael Jordan's 50-point games (Nba.com), Michael Jordan's Game-Winning Shots (Nba.com) Michael Jordan Highlight Clip (ESPN, YouTube), Michaels the Ticket: Teammates of Jordans that have championships (Nba.com) NBA Superstars Video: Michael Jordan, Take My Breath Away by Ait Supply (YouTube), 1992 Nba All-Stars Hightlight Video (YouTube), Jordan23.com, the Offical Site of the Jordan Brand, Here Comes Mr. Jordan (HOOP Magazine, 1985), Michael Jordan's Top-10 Dunks (NBA Action, YouTube), Jordan Tribute HIghtlights (YouTube), Michael Jordan Fast Facts and Quotes (Answers.com), Jordan's Final Game; MJ's Wizards Eliminated From the Playoffs (CNN/SI, 2003), Michael Jordan Transcends Hoops (ESPN Sports Century), Jordan Scores 61 and 47 against the Atlanta Hawks (YouTube)