Google+

Happy Birthday, Michael Jordan

 

Happy Birthday, Michael Jordan

By Burt Carey

Today (Feb. 17), Michael Jordan turns 53. While it’s been 13 years since fans last saw him play professional basketball, his retirement years have been arguably the best retirement of a professional athlete ever.

He ranks among the greatest NBA players of all time. Some say he’s simply the greatest. By all rights MJ could have Michael Jordan turns 53, enjoying retirement, among greatest NBA players, Charlotte Hornets owner, Nike basketball shoes, billionaire club, #23, philanthropisttaken his career — his six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls, his five NBA MVP awards, the six times he was named NBA Finals MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, 13 All-Star nominations, the three times he was named All-Star Game MVP, and induction into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2009 — and he could have disappeared.

But that wouldn’t have been the Michael Jordan we came to know, respect and love.

The Michael Jordan we know became the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets, a franchise whose $175 million worth in 2010 has exploded to more than $725 million in 2016. This is the Michael Jordan whose worldwide appeal fuels the sale of six out of every 10 pairs of Nike basketball shoes.

Now well into his second decade as a retired professional athlete, Jordan will make more money this year (as he did in 2014 and 2015) from endorsements than the $94 million he made during 15 seasons playing in the NBA. As he blows out the candles on his birthday cake today, he does so with the knowledge that his net worth exceeds $1 billion.

According to Forbes, he most likely entered the billionaire club in 2014. Simply put: No professional athlete has parlayed a sports career into a personal and business brand the way Jordan has done it. His endorsement deal with Nike, a relationship that began with an unheard-of five-year, $7 million contract during his rookie year in 1984, has grown into a $2.2 billion sales empire that nets the legendary star about $100 million per year.

Jordan will forever be No. 23, the agile 6’6” shooting guard and sometimes small forward, whose jersey has been retired by the Bulls organization. We remember what he did on the basketball court: making twisting, turning immortal moves to the basket, leaping to dunk from the free throw line, sinking three-pointers and scoring 32,292 points over his career (fourth best in NBA history). And to a generation of kids now entering high school who lace up their Air Jordans but who never saw him play, it’s his business acumen, the Michael Jordan brand, they know.

Despite his fame and the fact that 98 percent of consumers around the globe recognize his name, Jordan is also known for philanthropy. He’s active in charity work for such organizations as the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America, the UNCF/College Fund, Make-a-Wish Foundation, Kids Wish Network, Special Olympics, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Opportunity Village, the Children’s Literacy Initiative, the Jack Robinson Foundation and others. He donated his $1 million salary from the Washington Wizards to the families of 9/11 victims and recovery efforts. And after winning a copyright lawsuit in 2015, he donated all of the money, $8.9 million, to 23 different Chicago charities.

Happy birthday, MJ.

Entertainment

Joseph Fiennes Stars in Biblical Epic Revisiting the Resurrection

  Risen DVD Review by Kam Williams Joseph Fiennes Stars in Biblical Epic Revisiting the Resurrection A fundamental tenet of Christianity is the belief that Jesus rose from the dead three days after being crucified. And His Resurrection is celebrated each spring on the holy day known as Easter. Directed by Kevin Reynolds (Waterworld), Risen is a New Testament epic which revisits that miraculous event from a novel perspective, that of Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation

  From #Black Lives Matter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Haymarket Books Paperback, $17.95 286 pages ISBN: 978-1-60846-562-0 Book Review by Kam Williams “The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

ART EXHIBITION: 150 Years After The Civil War

  Cynthia Groya 150 Years After The Civil War: A Contemporary Perspective January 10 - March 6, 2016 Artist's Reception: Sunday, January 24, 3:00 - 5:00 pm Nassau Club 6 Mercer Street  Princeton, NJ 08540 The ideas reflected in Groya's paintings express a conversation about struggle for equal rights in our culture, in our time. The origin of this struggle can be traced to The Civil War in our country, which ended 150 years ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer

  Princess Shaw The “Presenting Princess Shaw” Interview with Kam Williams Aspiring Singer Talks about Transformation into Youtube Sensation with Help of Secret Admirer/Music Producer Born and raised in Chicago, 39 year-old Samantha Montgomery moved to New Orleans in 2006. By day, she works as a caregiver for the elderly and, by night, she fearlessly performs as Princess Shaw online and at local open mics. Inspired by her personal joy and pain from past and … [Read More it Good for You...]

Outdoors

Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions

  Yamaha Propeller Selector, Endless Propeller Solutions   The Yamaha Propeller selection page on Yamaha’s webpage is a great tool for every boat owner as a tool not only to make sure the correct prop is on their boat but also gives the ability and freedom to change the prop with ease, depending on the application. Everyone knows the equipment used for bass fishing is not the same for chasing tuna offshore, and the same logic applies to selecting a prop. At … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles

  NFL Awards Super Bowls to Atlanta, Miami, Los Angeles By Burt Carey Are you ready for some expensive football? Make that billions. The National Football League on Tuesday awarded Super Bowls to three cities that have invested – or will invest – billions of dollars upgrading or building new stadiums in the years 2019, 2020 and 2021. Atlanta’s new $1.4 billion stadium will open in 2017, just two years before the city hosts its third Super Bowl. Miami is … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent from sales one year ago. The … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

  Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service By Burt Carey God bless America, Land that I love,  Stand beside her and guide her  Thru the night with a light from above;    From the mountains, to the prairies,  To the oceans white with foam,  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.  God bless America,  My home, sweet home.   When he wrote the lyrics to God Bless America in 1918 and revised them in 1938, Irving Berlin … [Read More its Good for You...]

Google+