On Monday April 6th 2009, Michael Jordan, one of the greatest to ever play the game of basketball was selected to be inducted into Pro Basketball’s Hall of Fame in September. This guy was an assassin on the court. He is by far the most explosive NBA player ever to lace up a pair of shoes. Jordan’s spectacular “on court” heroics, Nike Air Jordan commercials, and persona developed a culture that revitalized the NBA during the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Michael Jordan was a star player at the University of North Carolina. During his tenure, Jordan would help lead the Tar Heels to a NCAA title in 1982 with a game clinching shot to defeat the Georgetown Hoyas. That year he would become the ACC Freshman of the Year. Michael Jordan had a hell of a Junior year. During the 1984 season, Jordan would capture the ACC Player of the Year award, Naismith College Player of the Year, John R Wooden Award (Most outstanding Men’s Basketball Player), Adolph Rupp trophy (Top Men’s player in Division I NCAA Basketball), and USBWA College Player of the Year award. With nothing else to prove on the collegiate level, Michael Jordan decided to go pro after his junior year.

Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 1984, Jordan wasted no time becoming a superstar. With his high flying dunks and ability to stay in the air, Michael Jordan acquired the nickname “Air Jordan”. Jordan averaged just over 28 points per game while shooting 51% during his rookie season. Those numbers helped him win the Rookie of the Year award. That wouldn’t be last award Jordan would win in his career. Before it was all said and done, MJ would win six NBA Championships, 5 regular season MVP awards, 6 Finals MVP trophies, 14 NBA All-Star appearances, 3 All-Star MVP awards, 2 Slam Dunk championships, 11 All-NBA team awards and 9 All-Defensive Team awards. Jordan also is a member of the NBA’s 50th anniversary team. ESPN awarded Michael Jordan “Male Athlete of the Decade” and ” Pro Basketballer of the Decade” in 1990. In 2000, ESPN named him “Athlete of the Century”.

Some of the more notables that will be inducted in September with Jordan are, former San Antonio Spurs great David Robinson, and two Utah Jazz legends, John Stockton and coach Jerry Sloan, who is in his 20th season at the helm. While all of the finalists that were selected to the hall deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, I personally think that Jordan should have gone in by himself. No disrespect to the others but can you imagine how lame the rest of the ceremony is going to be after Michael Jordan speak? I will bet your bottom dollar once the Jordan’s segment is over, 90% of the viewers will change the channel and I will probably be one of them.

Written by Keith Madyun

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