Timeline of Michael Jordan. Overview of his basketball career and personal achievements in a timeline. The life of the best to ever play basketball
17 February 1963
The Birth of Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His mother, Deloris, worked in banking. His father, James R. Jordan, Sr. was an equipment supervisor.
1 May 1981
Jordan Earns a Basketball Scholarship
Jordon earned a basketball scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981. At the University of North Carolina, he studied cultural geography and was a member of Omega Psi Phi.
1 January 1984
Jordan is Selected to Play for the Chicago Bulls
Jordan won the Naismith and the Wooden College Player of the Year awards in 1984. This caught the attention of the NBA. Michael Jordan was to graduation 1985; however, he chose to leave North Carolina one year before his scheduled graduation to enter the 1984 NBA Draft.
1 March 1985
Michael’s First Season Was Successful
Michael Jordan began developing a good reputation from his first season. The player averaged 28.2 points per game on a 51.5% shooting. Jordan started to gain favor from NBA fans in this season. Jordan’s performance received recognition for Sports Illustrated. He appeared on the cover of their magazine with heading “A Star is Born”.
22 April 1985
Jordan Earns the Rookie of the Year Title
Even though Jordan was out for much of this season due to an injury, he did so well in the few games that he played that he still qualified for the Rookie of the Year Award. It was his 63-point game against the Boston Celtics that led to him getting this award.
20 April 1986
Jordan Breaks a Foot but Still Has a Great Second Season
Michael Jordan broke his leg in his second season. This caused the basketball player to miss 64 games; nevertheless, he had a record-breaking second season. In this season, the Bulls made the playoffs and Jordan returned just in time to participate. Upon his return, Jordan set a record that has not been broken to this day. He scored 63 games in Game 2 of the playoffs. This is the most points that have ever been scored in a playoff match by one player.
1 January 1987
Jordan Averages 32.5 ppg in His Third Season
Jordan averaged 32.5 points per game on 53.5% shooting in his third season. This led to the basketball player winning his first league MVP award. Jordan was also selected as the Defensive Player of the Year in his third season. He averaged 1.6 blocks per game and a league topping 3.16 steals per game.
7 May 1989
Jordan Scores ‘The Shot’
Jordan’s game-winning basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1989 NBA playoffs received the title ‘The Shot’. He landed this point in the fifth and final game of the first round of the playoffs against the Cavaliers. It was a buzzer-beater that gave Chicago the victory over the Cavaliers on May 7, 1989, on the Cavalier’s home turf.
23 July 1993
Jordan’s Father is Murdered
On July 23, 1993, Michael Jordan’s father, James Raymond Jordan. Sr. was murdered at a rest stop on Interstate 95. Jordan’s father was traveling home from a funeral eight days before his birthday. He grew tired so he pulled into the rest stop to take a nap. Larry Martin Demery desired to rob James Raymond Jordan, Sr. so he shot him and then stole his car. Jordan’s fathers’ body was not found until August 3. It was later positively identified on August 13.
6 October 1993
The Announcement of Jordan’s Retirement
Jordan announced his retirement on October 6, 1993. He stated that he was stepping away from the game because he lost interest in playing. He later shared that the murder of his father had somewhat shaped his decision. The basketball player also shared in his 1998 autobiography, ‘For the Love of the Game’, that the preparation for his retirement started as early as 1992.
15 November 1996
The Release of ‘Space Jam’
‘Space Jam’ was released on November 15, 1996. Michael Jordan starred in the film alongside the voice of Billy West (Bugs Bunny), Dee Bradley Baker (Daffy Duck) and other Looney Tunes characters. The film was released by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment.
29 December 2006
Jordan and Juanita Gets Divorced
After 17 long years of marriage, Jordan and Juanita
11 September 2009
Michael Jordan Gets Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame
Michael Jordan received the honor of being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11, 2009. It was an emotional night for the legendary basketball player as he had listened to many speeches about his contribution to the sport and to the lives of players and other members of the basketball world. He also watched a video that highlighted key moments of his career. Tears filled the basketball players eyes and flowed liberally down his face as he listened and reflected.
17 March 2010
Jordan Buys the Bobcats
Jordan became the first former NBA player to become a majority owner in the NBA league. The league’s Board of Governors approved Jordan’s $275 million purchase of the Charlotte Bobcats. The team is known today as the Hornets.
27 April 2013
Jordan Marries Yvette Prieto
On April 27, 2013, Michael Jordan got married to Yvette Prieto. The couple had twin daughters in 2014.
24 February 2020
Michael Jordan Honors Kobe at His Memorial
Jordan spoke at Kobe Bryant’s memorial on February 24, 2020. He shared that Kobe was like a little brother to him.
19 April 2020
The Release of ‘The Last Dance’
‘The Last Dance’, a 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls’ performance in the 1997 to 1998 season, was released on April 19, 2020. It was originally scheduled for a June release, but the release was moved up because of the coronavirus and its impact on basketball.
4 October 2020