"Wisdom is always an overmatch for strength." - Phil Jackson

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University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball player Michael Jordan cutting basketball net after winning the 1982 NCAA championship.

Mar. 28, 1990 - Jordan scores 69 points, the fourth time he’s scored 60 points in a game

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Michael Jordan made made 23 of 37 field-goal attempts and 21 of 23 foul shots, as Chicago beat Cleveland by 117-113 in overtime and clinched a spot in the playoffs. He also had a career-high 18 rebounds, plus 6 assists and 4 steals. Jordan, who was averaging 33 points a game, scored 16 in the first quarter, 15 in the second, 20 in the third, 10 in the fourth and 8 in overtime. It was the fourth time Jordan had scored more than 60 points. His previous career high was 63 against Boston in the 1986 playoffs. He also scored 61 twice in 1987.

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Mar. 18, 1995 - Air Jordan announced his return to the NBA in a two-word press release: “I’m back”

The next day, Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan donned jersey number 45 (his number with the Barons), as his familiar 23 had been retired in his honor following his first retirement. He took to the court with the Bulls to face the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, scoring 19 points. The game had the highest Nielsen rating of a regular season NBA game since 1975.

"As fate would have it, Jay’s status appears
To be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye
When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5
It ain’t to play games with you, it’s to aim at you…”
- Jay Z, “Encore” lyrics. Produced by Kanye West.

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Michael Jordan is still the NBA’s biggest star 11 years after leaving the game. This Forbes article breaks down how Jordan made $90 million In 2013.

"Jordan made hundreds of millions from endorsements during his career, but 2013 was his biggest year yet. His 2013 payday was more than any retired or current athlete, outside of Floyd Mayweather.”

"I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot. When you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result." - Michael Jordan

Think positive.

Feb. 27, 1996 - The Chicago Bulls set an NBA record with 50 wins in 56 games

The Chicago Bulls defeated Minnesota 120-99 at the United Center and improved to 50-6, reaching 50 wins with the fewest losses in a season of any major professional sports team (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB) in the 20th century.

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An MVP Season. Michael Jordan' 1987-88 highlights.

REGULAR-SEASON / PLAYOFF STATS

  • MPG: 40.4 / 42.7
  • FG%: .535 / .531
  • 3P%: .132 / .333
  • FT%: .841 / .869
  • REB: 5.5 / 7.1
  • AST: 5.9 / 4.7
  • STL: 3.16 / 2.40
  • BLK: 1.60 / 1.10
  • PPG: 35.0 / 36.3

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Feb. 6, 1988 - Michael Jordan jumped from the free-throw-line to win his second dunk contest title in a row

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Basketball fans had been waiting for the Michael Jordan / Dominique Wilkins rematch since 1985. Injuries had derailed the Dunk Contest meet-up in 1986 and ‘87, but in 88, Michael and the “Human Highlight Reel” put on a classic duel.

Jordan’s victory over Wilkins in 1988 in Chicago finished with a perfect 50-score dunk from the free-throw line for his third dunk to win the contest. However, the announcers did note that Wilkins was given abnormally low score for his breathtaking third dunk, a 45, allowing Jordan to win it by 2 with his perfect 50. To this day, the allegations of “home cooking” still float around surrounding the event - it was held on Jordan’s home court; one of the judges was former Chicago Bears star Gayle Sayers; and another judge, former NBA star Tom Hawkins, is a Chicago native - and is considered arguably the most controversial of the slam dunk competitions. With this victory, Jordan became the first player to win the dunk contest two years in a row.

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