A report on Michael Jordan

Jordan in 2014
Jordan in 1992
Jordan in training with the Scottsdale Scorpions in 1994
Jordan with coach Phil Jackson in 1997
Plaque at the United Center that chronicles Jordan's career achievements
Jordan as a member of the Washington Wizards, April 14, 2003
Jordan on the "Dream Team" in 1992
Jordan dunking the ball, 1987–88
James Worthy, Jordan, and Dean Smith in 2007 at a North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball game honoring the 1957 and 1982 men's basketball teams
Jordan on a golf course in 2007
Jordan receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama at the White House
Jordan in 2008

American businessman and former professional basketball player.

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James with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022

LeBron James

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American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

James with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2022
James picks up his dribble against Caron Butler of the Washington Wizards in November 2006.
James engages in his pre-game ritual of tossing crushed chalk into the air in March 2008; the routine was mostly ended after 2011.
James and DeShawn Stevenson in April 2008. The two had a short feud after Stevenson called James "overrated".
James with the Cavaliers in November 2009. He finished his first stint with the Cavaliers averaging 27.8 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
James goes in for a slam dunk as a member of the Heat, as John Wall of the Wizards looks on in March 2011.
James stands at midcourt during a dead ball on January 16, 2013. On that night, he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points.
James throws a pass as Gorgui Dieng defends in December 2014. Later that season, James reached several passing milestones, including becoming the Cavaliers' all-time assists leader.
James dunking in October 2016
James protects the ball from Kyrie Irving in October 2017. The two were teammates in Cleveland for three seasons.
In June 2018, James became a free agent for a second time. He signed with the Lakers.
James backing down on Bradley Beal in December 2018. After missing out the playoffs for the first time since 2005, James and Anthony Davis led the Lakers in the NBA Bubble to win their first NBA title since 2010.
James at the 2022 NBA All-Star Game.
James posterized former Cleveland teammate Kevin Love in a game against the Cavaliers on March 21, 2022.
James attempting a shot over China's Yao Ming at the 2008 Summer Olympics
James dunking in a 2012 Team USA exhibition game
James drives to the basket in March 2008. A deft finisher, he led the NBA in scoring and shooting percentage at the rim in 2013.
James defending against Joe Harris in February 2018
James with the Cavaliers in 2017. NBA analyst Brian Windhorst, who spent his career covering James, recounted: "No one has ever had as much hype as James has had to live up to, and James has delivered on every last drop."
James, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Dwyane Wade tape a public service announcement in January 2014
James with California Governor Gavin Newsom on The Shop when Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act in 2019
James (center) celebrates during the Heat's 2012 championship parade

Nicknamed "King James", he is widely considered one of the greatest players of all time and is often compared to Michael Jordan in debates over the greatest basketball player ever.

NBA Finals

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Annual championship series of the National Basketball Association .

Annual championship series of the National Basketball Association .

Bill Russell (off ball) was a member of one of the first dynasties in the NBA, winning eight straight titles while contending against Wilt Chamberlain (on ball).
The 1980s saw a renewal in the rivalry between the Boston Celtics (green) and the Los Angeles Lakers (gold), combining to win eight titles.
Michael Jordan combined with Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson to win six NBA championships.
Kobe Bryant was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers that won five NBA championships from 2000 to 2010.
Tim Duncan won five championships with the San Antonio Spurs from 1999 to 2014.
Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors to both the best regular season and postseason records in NBA history, and 3 championships.
LeBron James appeared in ten NBA Finals and won 4 titles with three franchises.

The Bulls, led by head coach Phil Jackson and star players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, won six titles in six Finals appearances from 1991 to 1998.

New York Knicks

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American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

American professional basketball team based in the New York City borough of Manhattan.

Lapchick was responsible for leading the Knicks during their early success. However, these ventures never culminated with a win in the NBA Finals.
Patrick Ewing played for the Knicks from 1985 to 2000, leading them to the Finals in 1994 and 1999
The current Madison Square Garden has been the home of the Knicks since 1968.
Isiah Thomas as coach of the Knicks in 2007. He stayed six years on the bench
Larry Brown succeeded Thomas, coaching the Knicks from 2005 to 2006
The Knicks in action at Madison Square Garden in the 2008–09 season.
Mike D'Antoni, head coach of the Knicks from 2008 to 2012
Jeremy Lin was a surprise player that came off the bench during the 2011–12 season.
Mike Woodson, head coach of the Knicks from 2012 to 2014
The Knicks observed their worst-ever regular season record under the stewardship of Phil Jackson, who acted as the president of the franchise from 2013 to 2017.

After the Bulls' Michael Jordan made what would be his first retirement from basketball prior to the 1993–94 season, many saw this as an opportunity for the Knicks to finally make it to the NBA Finals.

1995–96 NBA season

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The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

The 50th season of the National Basketball Association , though the 50th anniversary was not celebrated until the following season.

Michael Jordan became the only player to win the NBA Finals MVP Award at least four times. He would also become the second player to earn the MVP trophy since Willis Reed in 1970, having won All-Star, Regular Season and Finals MVP in the same season; an achievement he also accomplished in 1998, and later on by Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

Vince Carter (blue) tries to make a layup shot, while Pau Gasol (yellow) defends the basket

Basketball

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Team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop (a basket 18 in in diameter mounted 10 ft high to a backboard at each end of the court, while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop.

Team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop (a basket 18 in in diameter mounted 10 ft high to a backboard at each end of the court, while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop.

Vince Carter (blue) tries to make a layup shot, while Pau Gasol (yellow) defends the basket
Olympic pictogram for basketball
Dr. James Naismith, who invented basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891
The first basketball court: Springfield College
Old style basketball with laces
The 1899 University of Kansas basketball team, with James Naismith at the back, right.
High School of Montreal Girls Junior Basketball team, 1915–1916
A basketball game between the Heart Mountain and Powell High School girls teams, Wyoming, March 1944
Ad from The Liberator magazine promoting an exhibition in Harlem, March 1922. Drawing by Hugo Gellert.
The U.S. playing against Mexico at the 2014 FIBA World Cup
A EuroLeague game in Moscow in 2018
The Australian women's basketball team on winning the 2006 FIBA World Championship
Brittney Griner accepting an award
End of a match as the game clock shows no time left
Most important terms related to the basketball court
Traditional eight-panel basketball
An outdoor basketball net
The referee signals that a foul has been committed.
Basketball positions in the offensive zone
Player releases a short jump shot, while her defender is either knocked down, or trying to "take a charge"
Basketball falling through hoop
Slow-motion animation of a dunk
A player making an offensive rebound
A U.S. Naval Academy ("Navy") player, left, posts up a U.S. Military Academy ("Army") defender.
Joonas Suotamo, a Finnish-American former professional center, is 6 ft tall. Many professional centers' heights exceed 7 ft.
Typical privately owned basketball hoop
Schoolgirls shooting hoops among the Himalayas in Dharamsala, India.
A basketball training course at the Phan Đình Phùng High School, Hanoi, Vietnam.
A basketball court in Tamil Nadu, India
A basketball player in Israel, 1969

The NBA has featured many famous players, including George Mikan, the first dominating "big man"; ball-handling wizard Bob Cousy and defensive genius Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics; charismatic center Wilt Chamberlain, who originally played for the barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters; all-around stars Oscar Robertson and Jerry West; more recent big men Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon and Karl Malone; playmakers John Stockton, Isiah Thomas and Steve Nash; crowd-pleasing forwards Julius Erving and Charles Barkley; European stars Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Tony Parker; more recent superstars LeBron James, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Stephen Curry; and the three players who many credit with ushering the professional game to its highest level of popularity during the 1980s and 1990s: Larry Bird, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Michael Jordan.

Rodman in 2017

Dennis Rodman

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American former professional basketball player.

American former professional basketball player.

Rodman in 2017
The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman wrote history in the 1996 NBA Finals when he twice secured 11 offensive rebounds in this building, tying an all-time NBA record.
In 2005, Rodman played for Torpan Pojat of Finland's basketball league, the Korisliiga.
Rodman with Donald Trump for Celebrity Apprentice

In that season, the Pistons finally vanquished their playoffs bane by sweeping the Boston Celtics, then winning in six games versus the Chicago Bulls—including scoring champion Michael Jordan—and easily defeating the Lakers 4–0 in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Michael Jordan was offered a co-captainship but he deferred to Bird and Johnson

1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team

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The first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association .

The first American Olympic team to feature active professional players from the National Basketball Association .

Michael Jordan was offered a co-captainship but he deferred to Bird and Johnson
Magic Johnson, who had retired from basketball in 1991 due to HIV, was selected for the team
Christian Laettner (pictured in 2014) was chosen to represent college athletics.
David Robinson taking a free throw
Charles Barkley proved controversial due to his aggressive gameplay and trash talking. He ended up being the highest-scoring member of the team.
Mike Krzyzewski returned to coach the United States men's basketball several times after the 1992 Olympics.
Charles Barkley (center) and Karl Malone (extreme left) in a game against Argentina

The first ten players for the team were selected on September 21, 1991: Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls, John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz, Magic Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers, Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Chris Mullin of the Golden State Warriors, David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs, and Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ewing in 2018

Patrick Ewing

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Jamaican-American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Georgetown University men's team.

Jamaican-American basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach of the Georgetown University men's team.

Ewing in 2018
President Ronald Reagan with John Thompson and Ewing after Georgetown won the 1984 NCAA Championship.
Ewing played 15 seasons (1985–2000) with the New York Knicks.
Ewing's college jersey in the Basketball Hall of Fame museum in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Ewing coaching Georgetown in 2021
Ewing in 2018

The Hoyas led late in the game, but a shot by future NBA superstar Michael Jordan gave North Carolina the lead.

1993–94 NBA season

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The 48th season of the National Basketball Association.

The 48th season of the National Basketball Association.

A press conference was held on October 6th 1993. One month before the start of the season, Michael Jordan shocked the world by announcing his retirement from the NBA following the passing of his father. Jordan would not be back on the court until March 1995.

Malone in 2011

Karl Malone

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American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

American former professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Malone in 2011
Malone, circa 1988
Malone in 1997
Malone's statue outside the Vivint Arena
Malone with Diamond Dallas Page in 1998

Malone averaged 29.1 points in, good for second in the NBA behind Michael Jordan, and 10.7 rebounds, which was fifth in the league.