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Michael Jordan

Perhaps the most famous player in the history of the National Basketball Association, Michael Jordan and his number 23 jersey are instantly recognizable to most Americans, and many , around the globe. Jordan was born on February 16, 1963 in Brooklyn to Deloris and James R. Jordan Sr., and spent his early years in Wilmington, North Carolina, where his parents relocated when Jordan was a toddler. Jordan first showed his talent for basketball at Wilmington’s Emsley A. Laney High School, averaging around 20 points per game, with several 40-point games, and being selected to McDonald’s All-American Team. Several top college basketball programs recruited Jordan, who eventually elected to accept a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in cultural geography. Jordan Left the University of North Carolina in 1984 just one year before he was to graduate to enter the 1984 NBA draft, where he was drafted by the Chicago Bulls. Jordan played for the Bulls until 1993, when he announced his retirement from basketball surprising the sports world by signing a contract with the Chicago White Sox, where he would begin playing in the team’s minor league system. After playing a season each with the Birmingham Barons and Scottsdale Scorpions, Jordan returned to the NBA, once again donning a Bulls jersey on March 19, 1995. After another false retirement and return to the NBA with the Washington Wizards, before retiring from basketball permanently. More recently, Jordan purchased the Charlotte Hornets in 2010, becoming both the first former player possess majority of a team, and the league’s only African-American owner. In 2011, Jordan married long-time girlfriend and fashion model Yvette Prieto, who gave birth to twin daughters Victoria and Ysabel Jordan in 2014.

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