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Michael Jordan at the beginning of his freshmen year was a top high school prospect and was prophesized to be one of the best basketball players to ever be

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In 1978, Michael Jordan was just another kid in the gym, along with 50 or so of his classmates, trying out for the Emsley A. Laney High School varsity basketball team. There were 15 roster spots. Jordan—then a 15-year-old sophomore who was only 5'10" and could not yet dunk a basketball—did not get a spot on the team. His close friend, 6'7'' sophomore Leroy Smith, did. The team was in need of his length. "It was embarrassing not making the team," Jordan later said. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
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Michael Jordan doesn't believe in the moon landing

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This was actually said as a joke by Stephen Curry on "Winging It Podcast"

Michael Jordan was almost traded to the Knicks in 1988.

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There is a salmonella strain named after MJ

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CHICAGO (AP) October 14th, 1993 - Just when you thought Michael Jordan had won it all - three NBA championship rings, two Olympic gold medals and countless awards - here comes Dr. Stanford Shulman with a new honor: a strain of salmonella.

Shulman, chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Memorial Hospital, discovered the unique strain last winter and decided to name it after a unique athlete. He called it ″Salmonella mjordan.″

Shulman insisted that it was appropriate to honor ″the greatest basketball player in history″ with an organism that causes diarrhea, severe headaches, abdominal pain and other discomfort. Besides, all the standard geographic names were already taken.

″Looking at this from the perspective of medicine and microbiology, this is a traditional way that people have been honored,″ Shulman said.

Jordan’s agent, David Falk, accepted the honor reluctantly, and suggested that future organisms looking for names should look elsewhere.

″I think if he did it as a tribute, it is a nice tribute,″ said Falk. ″But we are hoping to continue to manage the proliferation of Michael’s name and keep it limited to a select group of organizations - whether it be corporate or whether it be charitable.″
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Michael Jordan has a fear of water

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While MJ was a toddler, he witnessed his friend sucked by an ocean undertow and drowned. MJ then almost drowned at a baseball camp. These events led MJ to own a phobia for water and has led him to be uncomfortable around oceans, seas, and other huge bodies of water.

He finished in the Top 3 in the MVP vote 10 times.

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Michael Jordan once ended a player's career from over the top trash talk, literally.

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According to a Chicago Bulls source, MJ effectively ended Rodney McCray’s career with savage trash talk during scrimmages. Granted, McCray was on his last legs by the time he reached Chicago. Age probably had as much to do with McCray's departure as brutal Jordan digs in practice.

MJ’s first shoe deal with Nike earned him “just” $2.5 million dollars over five years.

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Adjusted for inflation, that’s $6.2 million.

By comparison, LeBron James’ first contract with Nike in 2003 was seven-years, $90 million ($126 million in today’s money).

Michael Jordan had a terrible 3-point percentage in the beginning of his career.

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True. Michael Jordan shot 16.4 percent from three-point range across his first four seasons. Remember, the modern game’s three-point focus didn’t exist back then, it was pretty much a novelty in the very early days. Player were focused on getting close to the hoop, and when that wasn’t possible, an open mid-range shot was considered the next-best thing. Despite averaging 32.7 points per game over that period, Jordan attempted just 0.7 threes per game. However, MJ did lift his three-point percentage to 37.5 percentage across the entirety of his second stint with the Bulls.
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Michael Jordan got into the habit of sticking out his tongue from a poster of Einstein sticking his tongue out in his room.

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“Well, it’s an unconscious habit that I picked up from my father,” Jordan said. “Being a little kid and you’re watching your father work, he used to stick his tongue out, and I took it up and made it a habit. And now I can’t stop, I tried to stop, I tried playing with a mouthpiece in my mouth — just didn’t work, it didn’t feel natural.”

Jordan was named to the first team all state football team his sophomore year of high school as a wide receiver.

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Michael Jordan regrets all of the trash talk he's done while playing in the NBA.

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It's as if simply beating dudes wasn't enough of a challenge, so he had to add something extra to the competition. Like starting a game by counting his points out loud – backward, from 40.

Michael Jordan always wanted to have baggy shorts so he can wear the University of North Carolina shorts beneath his normal uniform during each game

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Jordan is credited with starting the baggy basketball shorts fad. He required bigger shorts because he wanted to continue wearing his University of North Carolina Tarheel practice shorts beneath his Chicago Bulls uniform during each game.

Michael Jordan bought and built a 15 million dollar private golf course

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MJ at a local country club thought the pace of play was simply too slow for him so with his two billion net worth he set out to make his own golf course.

Michael Jordan almost went to the MLB draft after high school but chose to strictly focus on basketball at UNC.

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Jordan was recruited by colleges for his baseball abilities during his high school years and had a 45 inning stretch of shutout pitching at one point, but elected to focus on basketball at UNC.

Michael Jordan had a short-lived rapping career, his nickname was "Mikey Pockets".

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Michael Jordan and his wife originally met in high school

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Jordan Donated His First Year Wizards Salary to 9/11 Relief Efforts.

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Many NBA fans would like to ignore the fact that Jordan came out of retirement (for a second time) and joined the Washington Wizards. Stepping away after the 1998 Finals would have been the perfect end, but his comeback did bring a lot of positives to basketball, America, and the entire world. He announced his return shortly after the September 11th attacks, and he would also announce that his first year salary would be donated entirely to relief efforts. This included $900,000 to different organizations involved with the relief efforts, and $100,000 to the children who lost their parents. Although it was an injury plagued season for MJ, his return did provide some much-needed positivity to the world of sport, and he proved he was still a top player by leading the Wizards in points (22.9 PPG), assists (5.2 APG), and steals (1.42 SPG).
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Michael Jordan had his jersey number retired for a team he never even played for

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The Heat (a team MJ never played for) retired Jordan's number 23 jersey in April 2003 to honor Jordan's achievements and contributions in basketball. The Heat is the only NBA team other than the Chicago Bulls to have retired the number 23 jersey in honor of Jordan.
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Space Jam is financially the most successful basketball movie ever

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The movie ‘Space Jam’ made $230 million in movie theaters around the world. Financially, it’s the most successful basketball movie ever.

Michael Jordan chose to wear #45 to honor his mother.

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When MJ returned to the Bulls in 1995, rather than revert to 23 — which the Bulls had retired at the start of that season — he stayed with 45 since it was the number he had played with on his junior varsity basketball team in high school.

Michael Jordan Used to Smoke a Cigar Before Every Home Game

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MJ confessed to smoking a cigar before every Chicago Bulls home game in his car. The Chicago Bulls legend usually smoked a Hoya de Monterrey Double Corona before a home game and nobody knew because he used to be in his car for more than an hour before the games started.
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Jordan ate the same pre-game meal before every game.

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Jordan ate the same pregame meals for years at the behest of trainer Tim Grover: steak, plain baked potato, and a bit of lettuce, the latter mostly for show.

Jordan never saw his famous shot over Craig Ehlo go in.

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MJ’s iconic arm-swinging celebration was based entirely on the way the mortified Cleveland fans reacted.

“I never saw it go in, but I knew right away from the crowd reaction — silence — that it was good,” Jordan said after the game.

Only one player outscored Michael Jordan in a playoff series.

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True. Terry Cummings in 1985.

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