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Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a former American professional basketball player. Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player of all time and played for the Chicago Bulls in the NBA during his prime. Below are ten facts you may not have known about the man who made a name for himself as a true “dunker” in the NBA!

Michael Jordan had a unique clause in his contract…

Michael Jordan had a “love of the game” clause in his contract, which allowed him to play basketball against anyone, anytime, anywhere, without risking any contract violations. [source]

A controversial “warm-up” before the Olympic final…

Before the 1992 Olympic final, Jordan apparently spent the entire night drinking and playing. Then he went through a long day of press appearances, played 18 holes of golf in Barcelona before finally playing the championship game, which resulted in the American basketball team winning the gold medal against Croatia[source]

Who cares about the point distribution…

After Michael Jordan scored 69 points in a game, his teammate Stacey King jokingly said, “I will always remember this as the night when Michael Jordan and I scored 70 points together.[source]

Played with unauthorized shoes and fined after every game…

Michael Jordan was fined $5,000 for every game he wore Air Jordans (as the shoes violated NBA league policy). He earned an estimated $90 million just in 2013 – more than any other active or retired athlete, largely from Nike royalties. [source]

Lost his jersey in Orlando…

Jordan wore a number 12 jersey – instead of the traditional number 23 – without a name on the back during a game against the Orlando Magic, after someone broke into the Bulls’ locker room and stole Michael Jordan’s jersey. Jordan refused to sign autographs in Orlando after the incident. [source]

A significant philanthropist…

Michael Jordan donated his first-year salary equivalent to the “Washington Wizards Organization“, a million dollars to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. [source]

The “Jumpman” logo is ballet – not basketball…

Michael Jordan’s “Jumpman” logo is actually a silhouette of a photograph of Jordan performing a ballet move, not a real dunk as one might think. You can see a picture of the “Jumpman” silhouette below. [source]

Had his number retired – by a rival team…

The NBA team Miami Heat retired number 23, the number Jordan wore, even though Jordan never even played for that team. [source]

Warner Bros built a gym for the basketball star…

Film company Warner Bros built a gym specifically for Michael Jordan to train in during the filming of the movie Space Jam, where he played the lead role – as himself. [source]

Was it intentional, you wonder…?

In Jordan’s final game for the Chicago Bulls, he scored 23 points in the first half and 45 points in the second half, his two jersey numbers that he has worn. [source]

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