Past Athletes

Personal Data

Surname: JordanFirstname: MichaelCountry: United StatesDate of birth: 1963-02-17Birthplace : New YorkHeight: 198 cmWeight: 90.0 kg

Career Data

Position: guardClubs: North Carolina University (until 1984), Chicago Bulls (1984-1993), Chicago Bulls (1995 - Jan. 1999), Washington Wizards (Sept. 2001 - April 2003)Owner: Charlotte Bobcats (NBA) - since 18/03/2010Olympic Games (2 medals - 2 gold)NBANBA recordsOther honours
  • 1st (1984, 1992)
  • 6 titles: (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
  • 10 times top scorer (1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
  • 5 times Most Valuable Player in a season (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
  • 6 times Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the NBA playoffs (1991,1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
  • 1 time top defender (1988)
  • 13 All-Star Game selections (1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003)
  • 32.292 points scored over his career (3rd highest in history)
  • 30.1 points match average
  • 69 points scored in one match (28/03/1990)
  • 1 University NCAA title (1982)
  • Shareholder and co-president of Washington Wizards (2000-2003)

Biography

Air Jordan'Dream Team' with Bugs Bunny

Michael Jordan played his last match in April 2003 at the age of 40, bringing the curtain down on what few could deny was the greatest basketball career of all time and which featured six NBA titles in eight years with the Chicago Bulls.

He also scored a remarkable total of 32,292 points, leaving him third overall behind leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Jordan's scoring average of 30.13 points a game is the highest in NBA history, but he was also known for tenacious defense, being selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team nine times and ranking second on the all-time steals list.

In ten seasons Jordan was top NBA scorer and was five times awarded the 'most valuable player' tag.

At 90kg and standing 1.98m, the New Yorker was far from being one of the games biggest men, but he was incredibly swift and agile and could leap in such a superhuman fashion he gave the impression of flight.

He joined the Bulls from the draft of 1984 and was America's top scorer for the next seven seasons, by which time his number 23 Bulls shirt was being worn by fans across the planet, not to mention a certain brand of sports shoes he lent his ("Air Jordan") name to.

At the Barcelona Olympics of 1992, Jordan was perhaps the star of the "Dream Team" that featured Ervin 'Magic' Johnson, Charles Barkley and Larry 'the Legend' Bird after the IOC first allowed professional players to compete at what was traditionally an amateur event.

Needless to say the Americans encountered scant resistance to win the gold medal. It was Jordan's second such honour after he had led the American team out at Los Angeles in 1984, where he was also top scorer.

Jordan's first "retirement" was in 1993, but he was still part of the headlines trying his luck at baseball which ended tamely but this period in his life was marred by the murder of his father and gambling revelations.

He came out of retirement in 1995 and won three more titles only to quit the game again in 1999, before making a return a year later as the Washington Wizards' top executive. He was back on the court 18 months later.

Jordan was the only Wizard to play in all 82 games in his final season, drawing sellout crowds at every venue.

"It has been a great relationship, like my best friend," Jordan said. "Sometimes you have to grow up and move away from your best friend but it's always going to be in my mind. Nothing is going to erase what I have attained by having basketball as a friend," he mused. A great friend, Forbed magazine lists his personal wealth at 800 million dollars.


Photos

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls holds the Larry O'Brien Trophy13 June after of game six of the 1997 NBA Finals at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Jordan was named the series MVP leading the Bulls to a 4-2 series win over the Utah Jazz.   AFP PHOTO/JEFF HAYNESMichael Jordan (R) of the Chicago Bulls shoots over Bobby Phills of the Charlotte Hornets 08 May during game three of their Eastern Conference Semifinal at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC. Jordan scored twenty-seven points as the Bulls defeated the Hornets 103-89 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.     AFP PHOTO/Robert SULLIVANLarry Bird (4th L), has hand on heart as he and gold winning USA Basketball team stand as national anthem played, Sports Palace of Barcelona, 08 August 1992. Larry Bird, nicknamed US Basketball player Michael Jordan (R) goes over the head of Spanish player Angel Herreros, 02 August 1992, during their match at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. The United States Michael Jordan (L) of the Washington Wizards shoots over Stanislav Medvedenko of the Los Angeles Lakers during second half of their 12 February 2002 game in Los Angeles, CA.  The Lakers won the game, 103-94. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI
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John Baylon, a nine-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist, and Jerry Diño were the last Filipino Olympic qualifiers in the discipline Judo, having vied in the 1992 Barcelona Games.

The Philippines holds the record for winning the most medals without a gold haul with seven bronze and two silvers for a total of nine.

1972 was the last year the Philippine men's basketball team, which then paraded William 'Bogs' Adornado, Danny Florencio and Yoyong Martirez among others in its line up, has qualified for the Olympics.

The Philippines last reached the final round swimming 80 years ago when Jikirum Adjaluddin and Teofilo Yldefonso ended up in the final six in the 1932 Los Angeles Games.

The Philippines will shoot for its first gold medal in six of the following events in the 2012 London Olympics: Athletics, BMX, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting and Swimming.

The Philippines has not won a medal since Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco settled for silver in boxing via a controversial decision during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The Philippine basketball team wound up fifth place—best finish for an Asian country in the Olympics to date—in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first time basketball was played as an Olympic sport.

The Philippines is the first nation in the tropics to ever participate in the Winter Olympic Games.

With only eight athletes in six sporting events for the London Games, this will be PH's smallest delegation since 1996.

Men's boxing has for medals in the Olympics with Anthony Villanueva, silver in the Featherweight Division of the 1964 Games in Tokyo; Leopoldo Serantes, third in 1988 Seoul; Roel Velasco, third in Barcelona; and his brother Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco, second in the 1996 Atlanta Games.

The Philippines is the first country to compete and win an Olympic medal among Southeast Asian countries.

The men's Philippine Basketball team is the first country to ever score 100 or more points in the 1948 Olympics after clobbering Iraq,102-30.

Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, though not competing, carries the Philippine flag at the opening of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mary Antoinette Rivero's tie for fifth place in Taekwondo is the closest any Filipino athlete came to a medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Arianne Cerdena won a gold in bowling at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, but Cerdena's gold was not included in the medal tally since bowling was considered only as a demonstration sport.

The Philippines has only won medals in three events since joining the Olympics in 1924.

Harry Tañamor, the only Filipino predicted to win by the Sports Illustrated in its Olympic Preview edition, bows out in the first match up in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Teofilo Yldefonso is the first Filipino to win a medal and the only one to take home multiple medals. He finished third both in the Men's 200 meter breastroke during the 1928 and 1932 Olympics.

The largest delegation the Philippines has ever sent to the Games was 53 in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

The Philippines participated in the Winter Olympics three times, in 1972 (Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca, alpine skiing), in 1988 (Raymund Ocampo, luge) and in 1992 (Michael Teruel, alpine skiing).

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