"I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed."FRRRRROM NORTH... Carolina, at guard, six-six, number 23, Michael! JORDAN!!! Michael Jeffrey Jordan, born February 17, 1963, is a former Basketball player for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards. One of the greatest, if not the greatest player to ever play the game, due to his skill, leadership and general professionalism. Indeed, during his career the younger generation tended to root for him despite having no Chicago ties whatsoever. In addition his stardom gave way to a massive endorsement enterprise including Wheaties, Gatorade, McDonald's and his massively popular "Air Jordan" Nike basketball shoes. He is now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, an NBA franchise in Charlotte, North Carolina. In fiction he starred in a series of Looney Tunes / Nike crossover commercials and that led to the 1996 Movie Space Jam. He can currently be seen doing commercials for Hanes underwear. As always, That Other Wiki has more information on him. But if you need some cold hard reasons why modern players want to retire his number altogether, you can peruse this list of accomplishments.
Tropes associated with Michael Jordan:
- The Ace: He is quite possibly the most well-known and most highly marketed basketball player of all time (in both respects, his only competition is likely LeBron James), and is the consensus greatest player in the history of the NBA. No one can match his six championships and Finals MVP awards note and he was a force on both offense and defense for his entire Bulls career. He's also the only NBA player to have his jersey retired by a team he never played for— the Miami Heat retired his number 23 after he spent the last half of the 1990s kicking their collective asses.
- Big Damn Heroes: He's hit more game-winning shots than any player in NBA history note , and he's the only player to make a game-winning buzzer-beater in the final game of a post-season series (1989 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers). When Jordan saves the day, he has a tendency to make it as dramatic as possible, which contributes to his popularity and marketability.
- Competition Freak: Jordan's desire to win bordered on satanic; on the court, he played with more intensity and assertiveness than anyone during his time and he was often fueled by his fear of failure. He also entered the Slam Dunk Contest twice in the late 80s just to have something else to win, and even entered the three-point contest in 1990, despite being a pretty bad three-point shooter.
- Leitmotif: The instrumental of "Sirius" by The Alan Parsons Project is often associated with the Bulls of the 1990s, and by extension, Jordan himself, because of how often the song was played over the PA system during the introductions of their starting lineups.