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Inspired by the NHL comeback of his friend Mario Lemieux the previous winter,  Jordan spent much of the spring and summer of in training, holding several invitation-only camps for NBA players in Chicago. On September 25, , Jordan announced his return to the NBA to play for the Washington Wizards, indicating his intention to donate his salary as a player to a relief effort for the victims of the September 11, attacks. His last seven appearances were in a reserve role, in which he averaged just over 20 minutes per game.
With the recognition that —03 would be Jordan's final season, tributes were paid to him throughout the NBA. In his final game at the United Center in Chicago, which was his old home court, Jordan received a four-minute standing ovation.
In the end, he accepted the spot of Vince Carter , who decided to give it up under great public pressure. After scoring only 13 points in the game, Jordan went to the bench with 4 minutes and 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter and his team trailing the Philadelphia 76ers , 75— Just after the start of the fourth quarter, the First Union Center crowd began chanting "We want Mike!
After the second foul shot, the 76ers in-bounded the ball to rookie John Salmons , who in turn was intentionally fouled by Bobby Simmons one second later, stopping time so that Jordan could return to the bench.
Jordan received a three-minute standing ovation from his teammates, his opponents, the officials, and the crowd of 21, fans. Jordan played on two Olympic gold medal -winning American basketball teams. He won a gold medal as a college player in the Summer Olympics.
Jordan led the team in scoring, averaging Jordan was the only player to start all 8 games in the Olympics. Playing limited minutes due to the frequent blowouts , Jordan averaged After his third retirement, Jordan assumed that he would be able to return to his front office position as Director of Basketball Operations with the Wizards. Jordan kept busy over the next few years.
He stayed in shape, played golf in celebrity charity tournaments, and spent time with his family in Chicago. He also promoted his Jordan Brand clothing line and rode motorcycles. On June 15, , Jordan bought a minority stake in the Charlotte Bobcats , becoming the team's second-largest shareholder behind majority owner Robert L.
As part of the deal, Jordan took full control over the basketball side of the operation, with the title "Managing Member of Basketball Operations. In February , it was reported that Jordan was seeking majority ownership of the Bobcats. During the NBA lockout , The New York Times wrote that Jordan led a group of 10 to 14 hardline owners who wanted to cap the players' share of basketball-related income at 50 percent and as low as Journalists observed that, during the labor dispute in , Jordan had told Washington Wizards then-owner Abe Pollin , "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team.
During the —12 NBA season that was shortened to 66 games by the lockout, the Bobcats posted a 7—59 record. It's very, very frustrating", Jordan said later that year. Jordan was a shooting guard who was also capable of playing as a small forward the position he would primarily play during his second return to professional basketball with the Washington Wizards , and as a point guard. With the Bulls, he decided 25 games with field goals or free throws in the last 30 seconds, including two NBA Finals games and five other playoff contests.
To help improve his defense, he spent extra hours studying film of opponents. On offense, he relied more upon instinct and improvisation at game time.
Jordan had a versatile offensive game. He was capable of aggressively driving to the basket, as well as drawing fouls from his opponents at a high rate; his 8, free throw attempts are the ninth-highest total of all time. According to Hubie Brown , this move alone made him nearly unstoppable. In addition, he set both seasonal and career records for blocked shots by a guard,  and combined this with his ball-thieving ability to become a standout defensive player.
Jordan's talent was clear from his first NBA season. By , the season of his Finals-winning shot against the Jazz, he was well known throughout the league as a clutch performer. In the regular season, Jordan was the Bulls' primary threat in the final seconds of a close game and in the playoffs; he would always ask for the ball at crunch time.
Many of Jordan's contemporaries have said that Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan's athletic leaping ability, highlighted in his back-to-back slam dunk contest championships in and , is credited by many people with having influenced a generation of young players. I think it was the exposure of Michael Jordan; the marketing of Michael Jordan. Everything was marketed towards the things that people wanted to see, which was scoring and dunking.
That Michael Jordan still played defense and an all-around game, but it was never really publicized. During his heyday, Jordan did much to increase the status of the game, but the popularity of the NBA in the U. The exhibit also has a batting glove to signify Jordan's short career in minor league baseball. His emotional reaction during his speech—when he began to cry—was captured by Associated Press photographer Stephan Savoia and would later go viral on social media as the Crying Jordan Internet meme.
Jordan and Vanoy filed for divorce on January 4, , citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter. They again filed for divorce and were granted a final decree of dissolution of marriage on December 29, , commenting that the decision was made "mutually and amicably". In , Jordan purchased a lot in Highland Park, Illinois , to build a 56, square-foot 5, m 2 mansion, which was completed four years later.
Jordan listed his Highland Park mansion for sale in After two seasons, Jeffrey left the Illinois basketball team in He later rejoined the team for a third season,   then received a release to transfer to the University of Central Florida , where Marcus was attending. He began attending UCF in the fall of ,  and played three seasons of basketball for the school. A DNA test showed Jordan was not the father of the child. Jordan is one of the most marketed sports figures in history.
Nike created a signature shoe for him, called the Air Jordan , in In the commercials Lee, as Blackmon, attempted to find the source of Jordan's abilities and became convinced that "it's gotta be the shoes". Subsequently, Nike spun off the Jordan line into its own division named the "Jordan Brand". The company features an impressive list of athletes and celebrities as endorsers.
Jordan also has been associated with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. Jordan's yearly income from the endorsements is estimated to be over forty million dollars. Most of Jordan's endorsement deals, including his first deal with Nike, were engineered by his agent, David Falk. He's the one who came up with the concept of 'Air Jordan.
Forbes designated Jordan as the athlete with the highest career earnings in Jordan co-owns an automotive group which bears his name. The company has a Nissan dealership in Durham, North Carolina , acquired in ,  and formerly had a Lincoln — Mercury dealership from until its closure in June From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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