By Brandon Gaddy
Is Michael Jordan one of the greatest basketball players of all time?
“Yes, because he did other stuff people couldn’t do. He was the first person to jump from the free throw line nobody had done that in his time,” said senior DeVonta Townsend.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born February 17, 1963. Also known as MJ, he is a former professional basketball player. He’s now a businessman, and the owner and the chairmen of the Charlotte Hornets. Mr. Jordan played 15 professional seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. Jordan was one of the highest paid and marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in making the NBA popular around the world in the 1980s and 1990s with his shoes and clothing line.
It’s not even open for discussion: Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. I love Michael Jordan. He’s one of my favorite basketball players. I have camped out for his shoes every Saturday for the last four years because I just love the style of them.
What does Mr. Townsend like about him?
“Everything. He is just so good and he can do anything,” said Mr. Townsend.
Mr. Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly became a league star, entertaining crowds with his amazing scoring technique. His leaping ability and slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contest, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness. He also was one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991 he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and he also won two more titles in 1992 and 1993, calling that a”three-peat.” Mr.Jordan went into retirement from basketball before the 1993–94 NBA season to play baseball.
Did you think it was good for him to stop playing basketball for baseball?
“No, he wasn’t bad in baseball, but just to come back to the NBA was kind of stupid. He lost his [jersey] number for a while” said Mr. Townsend.
Mr. Jordan returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three more championships in 1996 -1998. The Bulls beat the NBA record with 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 season. Mr. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 playing for the Wizards.
Michael Jordan came out with the movie “Space Jam” in 1996. I think that was one of my favorite movies growing up. It was just so interesting to look at and I like it because of all of the basketball. Then he came out with the shoes Space Jams 11s and I just had to have them! They were black, white, and blue. They were awesome.
So was Mr. Jordan as good an actor as he was a basketball player?
“Yes, he is a good actor,” said senior Bobby Price.