Today in Sports History: June 12

In 1991, Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls beat the Los Angeles Lakers 108-101 in Game 5 of  the NBA Finals Championship. Jordan won the Finals MVP. It was the Bulls’ first title of three straight wins.

Jordan played in the National Basketball Association for 15 years. First, for the Bulls from 1984-98, then for the Washington Wizards from 2001-03. He averaged 30.1 points per game, 6.2 rebounds per game, and 5.3 assists per game within the 1,072 games he had played. 

Jordan played for the North Carolina Tar Heels for three years before getting drafted. In 1981, he broke the record at the McDonald’s All-American game by scoring 30 points and in 1982 he scored the winning point in the NCAA Championship Game. In his last season, he was named College Player of the Year and won an Olympic Gold medal with the U.S. basketball team in the 1984 summer Los Angeles Olympics. 

At the beginning of his professional career, Jordan was named NBA Rookie of the Year and selected for the All-Rookie Team. He was named 14-time All-Star, 11-time All-NBA Team, 9-time to the All-Defensive Team, 7-time NBA Sporting News Most Valuable Player of the Year, 6-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, 5-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 3-time NBA All-Star Most Valuable Player, 2-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time IBM Award, 1-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and later down the road, 1-time inductee to the Hall of Fame. 

In 1991, Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA Championships from 1991-98, including three straight championships from 1991-93 and then three more from 1996-98. Later in his career, he was enshrined and inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jordan currently owns the NBA team, Charlotte Hornets, and partners with Nike to create Air Jordan’s signature clothing and shoes.

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