But there was a time long ago when he was just a young man hoping to make his dreams of NBA greatness come true.
38 YEARS AGO TODAY
The Chicago Bulls signed Michael Jordan to a 7-year deal (5 guaranteed) worth a little over $6 million ($1M signing bonus). pic.twitter.com/Hk6voeRJJi
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 12, 2022
On September 12, 1984, Jordan signed a seven-year deal with the Bulls, worth over just $6 million with a $1 million signing bonus.
While the Bulls were excited for Jordan and saw a lot of potential in the kid, no one knew he’d become the historic icon he is today.
38 years have passed since Jordan’s initial signing with the Bulls and yet he is still the gold standard for NBA greatness.
The Dawn Of His Airness
30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists a game sum up the career average for Jordan.
But there is much, much more to Jordan: 14 All-Star selections, 10 scoring championships, 6 Finals victories, 5 MVP trophies, 6 Finals MVP awards, and a place in the Hall of Fame.
Jordan changed the Bulls and he also changed the game in general.
He became a household name synonymous with excellence and is now considered one of the best athletes of all time.
And don’t forget that his line of shoes from Nike are the most celebrated sports shoes in history.
If you speak with any current NBA superstar, they will all speak at great lengths about how important and influential Jordan has been.
There really isn’t anyone else like him – and probably never will be.
Jordan hasn’t played a game of NBA basketball since 2003 when he retired after a couple of seasons with the Washington Wizards.
In that time, much has changed in the NBA – but Jordan’s importance remains untouched.