Air Turns Forty-Six

Air then and now

Air then and now

In honor of Michael Jordan’s 46th birthday on Tuesday, here is everything you would want to know about MJ, by the numbers:

1. Won one NCAA title (1982) in which he scored the game-winning points
2. Won two Olympic Gold Medals (1984, 1992)
3 Selected third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie
4. Had four 60-point games in his career
5. Won MVP award five times (1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1998)
6. Won six NBA titles (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
7. Led the NBA in scoring in seven consecutive seasons (tied NBA record)
8. Led UNC to the Elite 8 in the 1982-83 season where UNC lost to Georgia
9. Named to the NBA All-Defensive first-team nine times
10. Led NBA in scoring 10 times in his career (NBA record)
11. Made the All-NBA team 11 times, including 10 times on the first-team
12. Once wore No. 12 in a game against the Magic on Feb. 14, 1990 after someone stole his No. 23 jersey
13. Made the postseason 13 times (won 6 NBA titles)
14. Selected to 14 NBA All-Star games in his career
15. Played 15 NBA seasons (13 with Bulls, 2 with Wizards)
16. Had 16 points in the 1982 NCAA championship game in which he made the game-winning basket
17. Career high in assists was 17 — done on March 24, 1989 at Portland
18. Played only 18 games in his second season (broken foot)
19. Jordan returns to the NBA as a executive with the Wizards on Jan. 19, 2000
20. Hit a 20-foot shot over Bryon Russell of the Jazz on April 6, 1998 to win Game 6 of the Finals
21. Age at NBA debut (Oct. 26, 1984)
22. Made 22 field goals and added 19 free throws for a postseason record 63 points against Boston on April 20, 1986
23. Wore No. 23 for most of his career
24. Athletes on Nike’s Team Jordan, including Chris Paul, Ray Allen and Carmelo Anthony
25. On Sept. 25, 2001, Jordan announces his return to the NBA as a Washington Wizards player
26 In 26 minutes in the 1997 All-Star Game, MJ had 14 pts, 11 rebs, 11 asts (first triple-double in the game’s history)
27. On March 27, 1995, only a few games into his return, MJ scores 55 points on the Knicks at MSG
28. Had 28 career triple-doubles in his NBA career
29. On Oct. 29, 1996, the NBA released its 50 Greatest Players of which one was Michael Jordan
30. – actually 30.1, which is Jordan’s career scoring average in the regular season (NBA record)
31. Had 31 50-point games in his NBA career
32. Retired from baseball at age 32; and eventually returned to the NBA
33. Actually 33.4, which is Jordan’s career scoring average in the playoffs (NBA record)
34. Played 34 games in his freshman season at North Carolina
35. Had 35 first-half points and six 3-pointers in a 1992 Finals game against the Blazers (gave the famous shrug)
36. Had 36 points in his first NBA Finals game (June 2, 1991 vs. Lakers)
37. Had 37 steals in his All-Star Game career (13 games)
38. Had 38 points in the ‘flu game’ in the 1997 Finals against the Jazz
39. Age at the start of his final playing season (2002-03)
40. Age at which Jordan played his final game — April 16, 2003 at Philadelphia
41. Jordan averages a Finals record 41.0 ppg as the Bulls beat the Suns in Game 6 (June 20, 1993) to win the NBA title
42. Jordan and Barkley each scored 42 points in Game 2 (1993 Finals), the first time that opposing players score 40-plus points
43. Age at which Jordan became a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats
44. Had 44 points in Game 5 (May 7, 1989) culminated with a game-winning buzzer-beater over Craig Ehlo of the Cavs
45. Wore No. 45 in his comeback with the Bulls until returning to No. 23
46. Feb. 17 is his 46th birthday

[via ESPN]


~ by Kevin on February 18, 2009.

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