As Jordan once put it “The reason I succeeded in my life is because I’ve failed repeatedly and learned from my failures.“ One of the most hard-working players to ever touch the pitch and definitely the best basketball player to ever touch the ball, it looks like the life of Michael Jordan is a book of history by itself. Here are 10 of the most iconic moments in his career, that changed the basketball game forever.
1 . Jordan ‘s 1st participation in the NCAA Championship
One of the first moments that made history is when Michael Jordan and UNC participated in the 1982 NCAA Championship and defeated Georgetown with a game winning shot from the master itself.
2 . 1986 63 Points for Michael in a single game
In the playoff match of 1986 against Boston Celtics and Larry Bird, Jordan made history and even set up a record that has not been broken until this day. 63 points for Jordan even if they eventually lost to the Celtics in the second overtime.
3 . Winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest
After he lost in 1985 to Dominique Wilkins and missing their yearly duel in 1986 due to an injury, while Wilkins missed the contest in 1987 due to injuries, it all came down to the 1988 All-Star Slam Dunk Contest. With the homecourt advantage, Jordan took home the title with a magical performance that left him dubbed “His Airness”.
4 . The Bulls vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 1989 and “The Shot”
In Game 5 of the 1989 Easter Conference, on a match against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jordan hit a game-winning jumper over Craig Ehlo that is still remembered until this day.”The Shot” as it was dubbed brought an 101-100 victory to the Bulls over the Cavs and it is considered to be one of Jordan’s greatest clutch moments, and in the game itself, a classic.
5 . The NBA Finals win in 1991
With his struggle to obtain playoff success earlier in his career, Jordan finally managed to celebrate a Final win in 1991. The Bulls beat The Lakers in what was about to be the last NBA Finals for the Lakers until 2000. It was also the first NBA Finals where Michael appeared and the last one for the legend Magic Johnson.
6. The Olympics of 1992
Being the first American Olympic team to actually include NBA players, it was dubbed as “The Dream Team” and is considered by many to be the greatest basketball team ever assembled. The team’s way to the Gold medal was an easy one as they beat merely any opponent with an average of 44 points difference.
7. Jordan’s sudden retirement
One of the more shocking moments from Jordan’s career is when he suddenly retired in 1993 from basketball to pursue a career in professional baseball. After a few seasons of results that were way below his expectance, Jordan returned in 1995 in a game versus the Indiana Pacers.
8. The Flu Game
Another one of his iconic matches, on game 5 of the ’97 NBA Finals against Utah, Jordan smashed the opponents with a 38 point performance and all that, while visibly struggling with the flu. This is one of the best example of why he is considered the Greatest.
9. The Second Retirement
The 1997 NBA Finals had a moment of history revolving Jordan as it was, supposedly, his last game in the NBA. Besides being the last game, the last shot of MJ in the NBA was a game winning jumper over Byron Russell, who was guarding for the Jazz.
10. The Third Comeback
After the career end he had with the Bulls that was worth a story at least, no one expected Jordan to make another comeback and fans were even considering it a controversial move. To shut the haters down, at 40 years old, Michael Jordan scored a whooping 43 points game that even set a record for that age.