Michael Jordan. biography
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York and started to show his potential for greatness at the University of North Carolina on a full scholarship.
Within three years, Jordan helped his team secure the 1982 NCAA Division I championship title while he was named the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984. After leaving his junior year, Jordan's path to complete domination was formally established when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1984 NBA Draft.
Scoring an average of 28.2 points per game, the up and rising baller led the Bulls to the playoffs and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, immediately gaining attention for his speedy ball handling and shooting skills. Although an injury prevented Jordan from completing his second season, he finished the 1986-1987 season with a staggering 3,000 points.
During the 1987-88 season, Jordan was the league's scoring leader with an average of 35 points per game and was named the Defensive Player of the Year as well as winning his first MVP award. He assumed the role of the lead scorer the following season and led his team past the Cleveland Cavaliers (where he hit "The Shot" over Craig Ehlo at the buzzer in the final game) to the Eastern Conference Finals. Once there, however, the Bulls were unable to defeat the Detroit Pistons.
With the addition of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and head coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls ended the 1989-90 season with a 52-27 record. Once again, they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but lost to the Pistons for the third time. Despite the paralyzing defeat, the Bulls came roaring back the next season to beat their rivals in the Eastern Conference Finals. Though it was the franchise's first time in history making it to the NBA Finals, the Bulls steamrolled over the Los Angeles Lakers in four games, which resulted in Jordan taking home his first NBA Finals MVP award.
Jordan's command over the court showed to be increasing every second when he led his team to another NBA Championship title over the Portland Blazers and won the Finals MVP award in the 1991-92 season. The Bulls went on to win their third consecutive NBA championship in 1993, against the Phoenix Suns after Jordan averaged 41 points per game throughout the six-game series.
After announcing his retirement in 1993, Jordan shocked the world when he signed a minor league baseball deal with the Chicago White Sox and made his debut as a Birmingham Baron the following year. Once his one year stint came to an end, Jordan returned to the basketball court in a Bulls jersey, scoring 19 points in his first game back against the Indiana Pacers. He was able to average 31 points per game during the 6-games series against the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, but the Bulls failed to advance.
The Jordan everybody knew and loved made his comeback in the 1995-96 season, leading his team to another NBA Championship against the Seattle SuperSonics and winning the league's regular season, All-Star Game and Finals MVP honors.
Despite coming down with the flu in the fifth game of the 1997 NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, Jordan managed to produce 38 points and secure an additional NBA Championship. The Bulls went on to beat the Jazz the following season and secure their sixth NBA championship, before Jordan announced his second retirement in 1999.
Jordan returned to the NBA in 2000, as President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards. Unable to detach himself from his love of the game, Jordan made his second NBA comeback in a Wizard jersey and went on to make his 14th All-Star Game appearance prior to making his last NBA appearance in the NBA Finals against the Philadelphia 76ers in 2003.
Currently the President for the Washington Wizards, the basketball legend has participated in numerous projects outside of basketball, including the animation flick Space Jam (1996) and several restaurants. He also authored five books: Rare Air: Michael on Michael (1993); I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence (1994); MJ Unauthorized: A Collection of Quotes in Four Quarters (1997); For the Love of the Game (1998) and Driven from Within (2005).
Michael Jordan Ex-Wife & Dating History Timeline
1989 - 2006
Jordan and Juanita Vanoy got hitched in September 1989 and later welcomed their two sons Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James as well as their daughter Jasmine.
The two filed for divorce in January 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but then decided to get back together a short time later. After filing for divorce a second time, the divorce was dissolved on December 29, 2006.
In result, Juanita landed a $168 million settlement, which is still considered one of the most lavish settlements in history to come out of a celebrity divorce.
2008 - Present
Rumors that Jordan and Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto were romantically involved began popping up after the two were photographed together throughout Chicago on multiple occasions, though the pair kept their romance out of the public eye.
The couple went on to get engaged on Christmas Eve in 2011.