Michael Jordan (born 1963) is a former basketball player who spent his professional career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards after playing collegiately at the University of North Carolina. He was well known for his athletic ability, his unparalleled skill at both ends of the court, and his insatiable desire for success. Most basketball analysts, past and present, as well as the majority of the general public, consider him to be the greatest player to ever the game. (Interestingly, he was cut from his high school team as a sophomore; he would work to improve his game and the rest is history.) Currently, he is a part-owner of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.
Jordan is 6'6" tall, and played the shooting guard position. He was NBA Rookie of the year in 1985, and the Most Valuable Player five times in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1998. Alongside his long-time teammate, Scottie Pippen, he won six NBA Championships (1991-1993, 1996-1998) while playing for the Chicago Bulls. Over his entire NBA career, Jordan averaged 30.1 points per game, which is the highest in history. He was a fan favorite, and won the NBA Slam Dunk contest in 1987 and 1988 performing jumps from the foul line.
Jordan took a brief hiatus from his basketball career in 1993 to pursue a baseball career, shortly after the murder of his father at a rest area (the murderers did not know their victim was Jordan's father). After a stint for the minor league Birmingham Barons, he returned to the Bulls in 1995, retiring in 1999 after having led the team to six NBA titles. He later bought a piece of the Washington Wizards, and he returned to the NBA as a member of the Wizards in 2001, and retired for the last time in 2003 after playing two years.
Jordan also had a role in the movie Space Jam, and was the main spokesperson for Nike throughout much of his career. Nike's Air Jordan shoe line was named after him.