Michael Jordan is known as the best basketball player to ever step foot on a court. Jordan became an immediate fan favorite from the time he entered the NBA in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls. Before Jordan joined the Bulls, they had never won an NBA Championship, so they had a lot of faith in their 1984 3rd overall pick. Jordan did not disappoint by delivering the Bulls six championships during his epic career with the Bulls.
From clutch games to clutch shots to clutch passes, Jordan was a player in the league everybody wanted to play alongside. Jordan has left countless moments that fans will never forget, such as game winners, two three-peats, dunk contests, the game he played with the flu and of course the amazing moves he showcased on the court.
In addition to the championships, Jordan was the NBA Finals MVP in all six of his championships, five-time NBA MVP, 14 time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA All Star MVP, 10-time All NBA First Team, nine-time NBA All-Defensive team, 10 time scoring champion, 2 time slam dunk champion, Hall of Famer, Bulls all-time leading scorer and holds the NBA record as the all team leading scorer in playoffs history.
Jordan has done everything there is to do in the NBA. From the awards to the rings to becoming the first African-American billionare athlete, Jordan has left his mark on the NBA world. Although Jordan has an unlimited amount of memories for fans to never forget, he does surprisingly also have moments that fans would like to forget and not think about.
The follow are 15 of those moments.
15 Jordan's Mustache
14 Trash Talking/Cockiness
Although it is a natural part of the game to talk trash opponents, Jordan was on another level with his trash talking because he was actually intimidating. Jordan not only did it to opponents but also teammates.
During a practice with the Bulls, Jordan went as far to punch teammate Steve Kerr in the face because Kerr did not agree with something he said. Jordan didn't like it and gave Kerr a flagrant foul in practice he would never forget.
13 Third/Last Retirement
This was the moment fans around the world knew they would never see Michael Jordan play on an NBA team again. It was a bittersweet moment because although nobody wanted to see him leave the game, we all knew it was time for him to hang it up for good.
12 Jordan's Injury with Wizards
In 2001, Jordan figured he still had enough to play in the NBA at the age of 40 and also wanted to support a great cause at the time as well. Jordan announced that he would play for the Washington Wizards and that he would donate the salary he made that season to the victims of the September 11 attacks.
11 Playoffs Against the Boston Celtics
In the early part of his career, Jordan showed that the Bulls made the right choice by drafting him. In just his third season, Jordan became the only other player besides Wilt Chamberlin to score 3,000 points in a season. Despite his early success, there was one team that stood in his way, the Boston Celtics.
10 Jordan Fired by Wizards Owner Abe Pollin
9 Michael Jordan vs. The Bad Boys (Detroit Pistons)
After being knocked out the first round for the first three seasons of his career, Jordan and the Bulls finally made it out of the first round by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, they met a much experienced Detroit Pistons team and lost to them in the second round in five games.
Jordan and the Bulls came back the following season and made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, but the Pistons were waiting for them. The Pistons doubled and triple teamed Jordan every time he touched the ball, leading to a 4-2 series win and the Pistons knocking the Bulls out the playoffs for the second straight year.
8 Jordan's Injury During Second Season
In just his second season in the NBA, the Bulls faced their worst nightmare as Jordan broke his foot in the third game of the season, causing him to miss 64 games. This was heartbreaking for, not only for a young Jordan, but also for Bulls fans who had so much faith and hope that Jordan would revive their franchise and bring them a championship.
7 Second Retirement
With the departure of people such as Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson from the Bulls, Jordan decided to retire, again. Jordan said he was "99.9%" sure that he was done for good, and at the time, everybody believed him. This was the end to the legacy of the greatest player ever and nobody wanted to see him leave, but then again, what else was left for Jordan to do. Jordan had the rings, the MVP awards, the money, the fame and the milestones of course.
6 Baseball Career
It was already shocking enough that Jordan had retired from basketball, but to make things worst, he retired to play professional baseball. When this story first broke, it was like a joke or bad dream. It was unreal. How could you quit something that you were the best at and at the top of your game for another sport?
5 Gambling Dispute
During the Bulls playoff run in 1993, Jordan was seen gambling in Atlantic City the night before they had a game against the New York Knicks. Later that year, Jordan admitted to losing $57,000 from gambling. Jordan went as fat as losing $1.25 million on the golf course.
4 Admitting to Being a Racist at a Young Age
Jordan and sportswriter Roland Lazenby teamed up to write a biography about Jordan entitled "Michael Jordan: The Life." In the book, Jordan talked about how he was suspended from school in 1977 after throwing a soda at a girl who called him the N-word. "So I threw a soda at her," Jordan's said in the biography. "I was really rebelling. I considered myself a racist at the time. Basically, I was against all white people."
3 Jordan's Draft Picks as Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets Owner
Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets fans were ecstatic when they found out that the greatest player to play the game was going to be in charge of their team. Well, let's just say Jordan's drafting skills are not as good as his play on court skills.
Since becoming the owner, Jordan has drafted players such as Emeka Okafor, Sean May, Raymond Felton, Brandon Wright, D.J. Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, Jefferey Taylor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Adam Morrison, Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky. To make matters worst, most of these were lottery picks. Most of the players on this list are either role players or not on a current NBA roster at all. When owners have lottery picks, you' re suppose to pick a possible franchise player or a player that's going to make an immediate impact on a team. Jordan didn't seem to get that memo.
2 Jordan's First Retirement/Father's Death
After not only winning the Chicago Bulls their first Championship in franchise history, Jordan went on to win two more completing his first three-peat. Jordan and the Bulls were unstoppable and it was looking like the only team that could stop them was themselves.
Jordan shocked the world when he announced in October 1993 that he was retiring from the NBA and that he "lost his love for the game." Jordan's father was murdered earlier that year in July and he was still dealing with it. Bulls fans and Jordan fans around the world were in amazement that one of the greatest players ever was hanging it up after only nine short years in the league.
1 Drafting Kwame Brown
Washington Wizards fans, staff, players and coaches will never forget June 27, 2001 in New York at Madison Square Garden. This is the day that Michael Jordan, the Wizards President of Basketball Operations at time, drafted the infamous Kwame Brown.
Not only did Jordan possibly draft the worst overall pick in NBA history, but he put the Wizards in the hole for a very long time. The Wizards did not make the playoffs for the next three years, but luckily got Gilbert Arenas, Antwan Jamison, Caron Butler and Larry Hughes to save their franchise for a little bit, but once they split up and left the Wizards, they did not make the playoffs for the next five seasons.
In that draft class, Jordan skipped over Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol, who got drafted as the next two picks. Jordan also passed on Joe Johnson, Zach Randolph, Tony Parker, and coincidentally Gilbert Arenas.
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