Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player that is widely considered as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time). He may be retired already in basketball but his legacy remains on the heart of every basketball fan. Because of his greatness, many basketball players nowadays are aiming to be like him or possibly surpass what he achieved already. It is like you are not considered a great basketball player if you cannot even compare a simple aspect of what you are doing to what MJ did before.

To know more about how Michael Jordan established his legacy, let us discover some interesting facts michael-jordanabout him below:

  1. He was commonly known by his nickname “MJ” but his complete name is Michael Jeffrey Jordan.
  2. His idol when he was in high school was Magic Johnson that some of his friends call him Magic Jordan.
  3. He has a great leaping ability that some of his fans call him “Air Jordan” and “His Airness” because of it.
  4. MJ has a phobia of water. Maybe he developed this when he saw his friend drown when he was still a kid and he himself almost drowned when he was 11 on a baseball camp.
  5. MJ played a total of 15 seasons in NBA including his playing days in Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
  6. He has 5 children. 3 from his ex wife Juanita Vanoy and 2 from his current wife Yvette Prieto.
  7. We always remember him by his number 23 jersey but he once wore a nameless number 12 jersey when his original jersey was stolen in the locker room. He dropped 49 points on that game against Orlando Magic.
  8. Sticking out the tongue is the trait he got from his father. His father then said that he also got that trait from MJ’s grandfather.
  9. Jordan retired with 5 Most Valuable Player Awards on his bag.
  10. It was in April 2009 when he was initiated into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame joining the other best basketball players who ever played the game.
  11. Though he doesn’t have any visible tattoos, he has one on his chest. It’s a Greek letter omega that shows commitment to his Omega Psi Phi fraternity.
  12. Michael Jordan donated his first year salary on the Wizards to help the 9/11 victims and their families.
  13. We already know how capable he was in terms of scoring but only a few know that he once recorded 10 triple doubles in 11 games.
  14. He is the first athlete to become a billionaire.
  15. MJ is now the majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.
  16. He has a statue in Chicago officially known as “The Spirit”.
  17. He is the only player to score 40+ points in a game at the age of 40+.
  18. He is also the only player to win the scoring title and the defensive player of the year in the same year.
  19. As Michael Jordan as their leader, the Chicago Bulls never lost 3 games in a row starting in November 1990.
  20. Even he was already retired, Michael Jordan is still earning more or less $100 million dollars a year making him as one of the highest paid retired athletes in 2015.