Jordan had a great love for this game. No one has dominated in a sport like how he did. As Dwyane Wade says,"It's simple. There will never be another Michael Jordan.” Jordan was a scoring machine who averaged 30.1 ppg his entire career(highest in NBA) with 10 scoring titles. He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine a record of 51 times. Also he made his own shoe line with Nike as one of the world leaders in sports merchandise. Having countless names of Nike products he revolutionized the sports marketing industries.
During his first few years in basketball it was a big struggle for him. He made it to the playoffs, but kept coming short losing to the Detroit Pistons(they were the only team that gave jordan a hard time) . Many people thought that he wasn’t that good at all. They thought he was just a one man show. But of course, Jordan was gonna prove them wrong.
The next year(90 - 91) Jordan elevated his team to the finals. Jordan changed his playing style and did all the things that his teamed needed from him. He started passing and rebounding. People were starting to see a new side of Michael Jordan. He was determined to win that ring. Michael Jordan’s skill is utterly phenomenal with his elusive skills that offer conclusive evidence of his title of a basketball prodigy.
When he reached the NBA Finals it was against the Showtime Lakers. With his determination he broke the Lakers spirit when he went up for the dunk and switched the ball to the other hand and laid it in. After winning, Jordan cradled the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
In the next season Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game and led his team to the finals again defending their title against the Portland Trailblazer. Jordan defeated them in six games and won another title.
He also won his next title against the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 41.0 points per game(highest ever in a single finals series). Before he announced his retirement. The world was stunned. Just learning the greatest player in basketball retired is shocking news. Many people were asking why? Was it because he got in trouble for gambling? Questions circled around until Jordan called for a press conference. He announced that he wanted to take a break from basketball and play baseball.
After 18 months he returned to the NBA with his new number 45, since his old one was retired. He played his first game against the Indiana Pacers in a 103-96 overtime lost. Jordan helped the team win 13 of their remaining 17 games, but got eliminated in the playoffs.
The next year(1995-1996) Jordan returned to his old form and led the Bulls to a record breaking season, by leading the league in scoring and having the most wins ever in a season. Beating the Seattle Supersonics in the Finals on Father’s Day was something special to Jordan which made him very emotional. He then dedicated the win to his father.
In the 1996-1997 season was the only season that Jordan didn’t average 30 points per game, but it didn’t matter because Jordan led his team to another incredible season with a record of 69-13. Also Jordan carried his team to the NBA Finals for the 5th time. Jordan and the Bulls went up against Karl Malone and the Utah Jazz. The most memorable game in the series was game 5 when the series was tied 2 games apiece. Jordan was struggling with flu like symptoms, but still managed to play. He was told by doctors he couldn’t play, but that didn’t matter to Jordan. He finished the game with 38 points! His coach Phil Jackson said, “it was the greatest game I have ever witnessed. He didn’t give up and had the will to win.”
The 1997-1998 season was Jordan’s last and he ended with a spectacular finish. Of course Jordan once again carried his team to the Finals against their rivals the Utah Jazz. Jordan was unstoppable in the series, but the championship wouldn’t come easy for the Bulls. It wasn’t until game 6 that Jordan took over. With 40 seconds left down by 3 Jordan hit a layup, then stole the ball and hit the game winner with 5.2 seconds left.
Jordan retired after that year. He was the best to ever play the game. The way he dominated opponents was unbelievable. Many now still talk about how Michael Jordan blocked other Hall of Famers chances of winning a Championship(Reggie Miller, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley). “There will never be another Michael Jordan,” says Dwyane Wade, and that’s true.
Jordan’s desire to win led him out of retirement again, but he didn’t play with the Bulls this time, but for the Wizards. He wasn’t as dominant though scoring 22.9 points in the first season and 20.0 points in the second. He missed the playoffs both years and decided to retire for good.
Jordan retired from playing basketball, but not from the NBA. Jordan owns the team Charlotte Bobcats and his own shoe line. He is still very involved with basketball even if he’s too old to play the game.