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FILE - In this May 5, 1984, file photo, North Carolina guard Michael Jordan, left, and Tar Heels coach Dean Smith are shown at a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C. (AP Photo, File)

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FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2009, file photo, former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan cries as he takes the podium during his enshrinement ceremony into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Tourism and economic development officials in February 2017 re-branded the western Massachusetts region known as the "Pioneer Valley," which includes Springfield and generally covers the Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River Valley, as "West Mass." The new promotional branding video includes snippets of Jordan during his 2009 induction. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

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Michael Jordan - His biography on the NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time." Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat". Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball before the beginning of the 199394 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he returned to the Bulls in March 1995 and led them to three additional championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998, as well as a then-record 72 regular-season wins in the 199596 NBA season. Jordan retired for a second time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards. Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP Awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.45 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Bab

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FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. Jordan announced Monday, July 25, 2016, he’s giving $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help build trust between blacks and law enforcement following several disturbing clashes around the country. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

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Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan arrives at the federal courthouse in Chicago, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. Jordan is expected to take the stand in his case against a now-defunct grocery store chain that used his image without permission. (AP Photo/Christian K. Lee)

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FILE - In this June 14, 1992, file photo, Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, right, tries to hold off Portland Trail Blazers' Jerome Kersey during Game 6 in basketball's NBA Finals in Chicago. Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs(...)

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Michael Jordan poses with a cutout of Bugs Bunny at a news conference, Tuesday, June 20, 1995, in New York, where Warner Bros. announced that Mr. Jordan will join Bugs and other members of the Looney Tunes family in the original live action/animation "Space Jam." (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

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Michael Jordan, left applauds as New York Yankees' Derek Jeter (2) speaks in a pregame ceremony honoring Jeter, who is retiring at the end of the season, on Derek Jeter Day at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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2. Basketball legend Michael Jordan and wife Juanita divorced after 17 years of marriage. Juanita received a reported $168 million in the settlement, along with custody of their three children. **FILE** Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan with his wife, Juanita, looking on announces his retirement from professional basketball at the Berto Center in Deerfield, Ill., in this Oct. 6, 1993, file photo. On Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, the couple announced they had divorced after 17 years of marriage. (AP Photo/Mike Fisher,file)

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan watches the action during the first half in Game 4 of the Bobcats' opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, April 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan looks up at the scoreboard during the first half in Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, April 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Bobcats and the Chicago Bulls in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, right, holds his fifth Most Valuable Player award with Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics at a ceremony in Northbrook, Ill., Monday, May 18, 1998. Jordan perviously won the award in 1998, 1991, 1992, and 1996. Russell, who presented the award, is the only other five-time winner. (AP Photo/Jay Crihfield)

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan, right, holds his fifth Most Valuable Player award with Bill Russell of the Boston Celtics at a ceremony in Northbrook, Ill., Monday, May 18, 1998. Jordan perviously won the award in 1998, 1991, 1992, and 1996. Russell, who presented the award, is the only other five-time winner. (AP Photo/Jay Crihfield)

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Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, right, watches the Bobcats defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-92 in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, March 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlotte Observer, Jeff Siner) MAGS OUT TV OUT ONLINES OUT