Full Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan Born: 2/17/63 in Brooklyn,NY Drafted by: Chicago Bulls, 1984 Transactions: Retired, 10/6/93; Activated from retirement, 3/18/95; Retired, 1/13/99; Signed with Washington Wizards , 9/25/01. College: North Carolina Nickname: Air Jordan Height: 6-6; Weight: 216 lbs. Honors: Six-time NBA champion(1991-93, 1996-98); NBA MVP (1988, '91, '92, '96, '98); 10-time All-NBA First Team (1987-93, 1996-98); All-NBA Second Team (1985); Defensive Player of the Year (1988); Nine-time All-Defensive First Team (1988-93,1996-98); Rookie of the Year (1985); 14-time All-Star; All-Star MVP (1988, '96, '98); One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984, '92). By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar. Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. Magic Johnson said, "There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird, following a playoff game where Jordan dropped 63 points on the Boston Celtics in just his second season, appraisal of the young player was: "God d i s g u i s e d` a s` M i c h a e l J o r d a n . Michael Jordan was once asked by a reporter, `how come you are so great`` to which he replied that `I enjoy practicing more than performing. For me matches are breaks between my practice sessions.`Michael Jordan exemplifies Talent is not enough, for he was the most diligent and disciplined basket ball players that the world has ever experienced.We can all learn from Michael, the importance of work ethic.

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