Michael Jeffrey Jordan turns 54 today.  Jordan is considered by most [but not me, I’ll go with Bill Russell} to be the greatest basketball player of all times. Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championships. Individual awards include five NBA MVP awards, six NBA Finals MVP awards,  14 times NBA All-Star, he was the MVP of the All-Star Game three times. He led the league in scoring ten times. The list is endless of his accomplishments. The thing about Jordan that I will remember the most is his competitiveness. They said he treated a practice scrimmage as if it were game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Michael Jordan played three  years in college for the great Dean Smith at North Carolina. He hit the game winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Championship Game against Georgetown. He was the NCAA Player of the Year his junior season before turning pro. Jordan was the third pick overall in the 1984 draft. Houston picked center Hakeem Olajuwon who turned out to be a Hall of Famer  but Portland made the worst decision in NBA draft history, passing on Jordan and taking Sam Bowie of Kentucky, a player with an injury riddled college career who had a brief NBA career due to even more injuries. Imagine how NBA history would have been changed if Portland had selected Jordan.

My Mount Rushmore of Greatest Basketball Players of All Time.

Bill Russell- [ the greatest winner in the history of sports. 13 seasons with the Boston Celtics- he led them to 11 World Championships, while in college at San Francisco- three years and two National Championships, Olympic Gold Medal 1956. He had 17 opportunities at championships came away with 14. He was the greatest player on all those teams. He was the leader.}

Michael Jordan

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Magic Johnson