An NBA legend, Michael Jordon has been an inspiration to millions of people across the world! He is the idol of most college basketball players who dream of playing the game like Jordon or wish to enjoy even one part of the success that he enjoyed during his career. In fact he is the first name that most people associate with when they discuss about NBA or NBA All-Time Stars. The legend is not just loved for his amazing gaming skills, but also for his business success and his noble deeds. Here are 5 facts that prove the very reason why Michael Jordon is considered as a true NBA Legend.
DONATED HIS FIRST SALARY AFTER JOINING WASHINGTON WIZARDS FOR THE 9/11 RELIEF FUNDS
One of the most genuine players in the world, Michael Jordan is known for his golden heart and his contributions to the society. The player came out of his second retirement after his last game in 1998 finals and joined Washington Wizards with a positive note. The player announced that he would donate his first year’s salary from the Wizards to the relief funds for the 9/11 attack. His donation included $900,000, an amount he gave away to different organizations working for the relief efforts and a $100,000 to organizations that closely worked for children who lost their parents due to the attack.
THE ONLY PLAYER TO WIN BOTH, SCORING TITLE AND DEFENSIVE PLAYER AWARD IN THE SAME SEASON
Proving his playing skills on the hardwood, Jordan is the only player in the history of NBA to have won both the titles in the same season. In 1987/88 season, Jordon became the only player to win the scoring title with 35 PPG and also the Defensive Player of the Year award with 3.16 SPG and 1.6 BPG.
HAS THE MOST AMAZING STATISTICS IN THE SEASON FINAL SERIES
There is a reason why Michael Jordan is known as the most successful NBA player of all time. With his absolutely breath-taking statistics, Jordan has exceled all other NBA legends including Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. Out of the total 15 seasons he played, Jordon made it to the finals for 6 seasons, played 35 games and he helped his team win each one of them. He has an average 33.6 PPG compared to Kobe’s 25.3 and James’s 26.4.
HE IS RANKED SECOND IN THE LIST OF WORLD’S RICHEST ATHLETES
With a current net worth of $2.1 billion, Michael Jordon is the riches athlete in the world, ranking higher than other legends such as Vince McMahon, Ion Tiriac and Tiger woods. Thanks to his great basketball career and his successful business career, Jordon has earned a net worth that people can only dream about.
BELIEVES IN CHARITY AND HAS DONATED MILLIONS TO VARIOUS CAUSES
Apart from his success on the hardwood and in the business world, Jordon has also won the hearts of millions of people with his philanthropic activities. The legend has donated millions to charities that work for noble causes that are close to the player’s heart. In fact, the list of his noble charities is as long as his career statistics. To name a few, Jordon has donated several millions to the Friends of Children organization; he donated $2 million as a relief fund to help people recover from the Hurricane Florence; donated $1 million to the American Red Cross and $ 7 million to Novant Health Michael Jordon Family Clinics. Also, as the Chief Ambassador of the Make-A Wish foundation, Jordon has granted wishes to hundreds of people across the world.