6 NBA championships, 6 NBA MVP finals, 5 MVP, 10 scoring titles, 9 All Defensive first team,First player in NBA history to record 200 steals and 100 blocked shots in a season, and third in the NBA All-time leading scoring with 32,292 points. I’m talking about none other than the greatest to player to ever play Michael Jordan. These are just a few of his great accomplishments. As a Chicagoan growing up a bulls fan I can’t simply explain how much Michael meant not only to the organization but also to the city of Chicago. No one can deny that Michael Jordan changed the game, he was the player that everyone wanted to imitate. Future Hall of Famers Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Kobe Byrant credit MJ as the person that inspired them when they were falling in love with the game of basketball.
Jordan became the first global icon of the sport! The NBA never seen someone of that athletic talent and skill before. The dunks, the turnaround jumper, his defensive prowess, and his ultimate competitve killer instinct was something no other player embodied before Jordan came along. Jordan was also a trendsetter off the court as well. Let’s be honest he made Nike what it is today! Jordan’s shoes still outsell Kobe, and LeBron sneakers. That just shows you how much people still want to associate with the Jordan a decade after his retirement. His partnership with Spike Lee made everybody want to be like Mike! Since his retirement the league has been on the hunt to find the next Jordan, often considering Lebron James and Kobe Bryant. Although legit reasons can be made for their arguments about LeBron and Kobe, today lets just celebrate his greatness, and appreciate what he’s done for the game of basketball! As a Bulls fan I will always be grateful for the moments MJ gave us. He played his heart out every night! He is the embodiment of a champion and has served as an inspiration to many on and off the court, including me. He’s truly the best to ever do it! Happy 50th birthday Michael ‘Air’ Jordan!!!
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