Today in Sports History: April 16

In 1987, Michael Jordan became the second player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to score 3,000 points in a single season. 

From 1984 until 1998 Jordan played guard with the Chicago Bulls and from 2001 until 2003 he played with the Washington Wizards. Through his 15 seasons, he played 1,072 games, started 1,039 of them, and averaged 38.3 minutes per game. He scored 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game. 

Jordan was a 14-time All-Star, 11-time All NBA, nine-time All-Defensive Team, six-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, three-time NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, two-time IBM Award recipient, one-time All-Rookie Team, one-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and one-time NBA Rookie of the Year.

Jordan is a six-time NBA Champion where he led the Bulls to championship wins in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, and 1998. He also played in the 1984 Los Angeles and 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games where he won two Olympic gold medals. 

Jordan was a part of the United States Dream Team in 1992 during the Summer games where the team finished with an undefeated record of 8-0. He averaged 14.9 points per game, 2.4 rebounds per game, and 4.8 assists per game. He was awarded the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year in 1983, 1984, and 1992 and honored by President Barack Obama with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. 

Later in Jordan’s post-playing career, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 for his outstanding playing career and incredible accomplishments. 

He currently resides as a principal owner of the NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, and has multiple endorsement deals with Nike and Gatorade. Jordan created a shoe called Air Jordan and remains one of the most successful brands among all athletes.

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