The Michael Jordan Basketball uniform

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The greatest player in the history of organized basketball is also the owner of one of the most iconic pieces of clothing. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, Michael Jordan would change the way that people look at a sport and jerseys. When he made the North Carolina team as a freshman, Jordan donned the famous number 23. The blue and white jersey became a sign of a new wave of Tar Heel greatness when the improving freshman hit the game-winner in the 1982 NCAA Championship Game. After a 3 year run at North Carolina, Jordan declared for the NBA draft. He left behind a legacy that included the ACC Freshman of the Year award, two consensus All-American selections and the Naismith and Wooden College Player of the Year awards. Statistically, Jordan averaged close to 18 points per game and a solid 5 rebounds per game.

The National Championship that he won in 1982 would be the only in his college career but was just the beginning of a career that would elevate the number 23 to historic levels. Drafted third overall in 1984, Jordan would soon trade the blue and white jersey for a red and black jersey but the number 23 remained. His first three years for the Chicago Bulls is a study in persistence. In his rookie year, Jordan graced the cover of Sports Illustrated and became a favorite around the league. At year’s end, he was the Rookie of the Year and had been named an All-Star starter. In his second year, a broken foot cost Jordan the majority of the season. However, he returned to full force in the playoffs scoring a playoff record 63 points against the Boston Celtics. While the Celtics easily eliminated the Bulls, the league took notice of the new star and the red and black 23. The 1986-1987 season stands as one of the greatest performances in NBA history. In that season, Jordan became the second player to score 3,000 points in a season and averaged 37.1 per game. He also shot an amazing 48% from the floor. Defensively, Jordan also became the first player to reach 200 steals and 100 blocks in a single season. The number 23 began to show up in many places as people of all races, sexes, and settings began to wear a Michael Jordan basketball uniform.

The next three seasons were frustrating for the team but rewarding for Jordan. He took home the NBA MVP and Defensive Player of the Year awards but the team fell short of the Championship. Then in the 1990-1991 season, everything came together. The MVP award again went to Jordan but for the first time, the red and black 23 was also an NBA Champion. The Bulls proved supreme by defeating the storied Los Angeles Lakers in four of five games. The next two years would bring two more trophies and the end of the legend’s career. In 1993, after the third straight championship, Michael Jordan announced his retirement. In March of 1995, Jordan returned to the Bulls this time sporting the number 45 for the red and black. The 1995-1996 season would seem like the beginning of what the league thought was ancient history. In that year, the Bulls and Jordan won the first of three consecutive championships by defeating the Seattle Supersonics. In the end, Jordan won six NBA Championships with the Bulls and was the Finals MVP in each series. The total of 6 Finals MVP awards is a record. With the influx of awards and recognition, the Bulls began to break down and experience problems. In 1999, Jordan retired for the second time due to injuries and the loss or potential loss of his former teammates. To this day, a Michael Jordan jersey means many things to many people. Some view him as the greatest and others as the ultimate foil.

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