Moreover, even the stars of the same format, equally experienced and successful players, recognized his uniqueness and paid homage to his talent. For instance, Magic Johnson stated: There's Michael Jordan and then there is the rest of us." Larry Bird, in his turn, spoke of him as of a talented player at the beginning of his star career: ""God disguised as Michael Jordan." (gtd in Michael Jordan Biography)
It's evident that his impact in sport development and popular culture is great, and it's much more greater than awards he received and the championships he won with his team. He started his career in the basketball league as a recruit with his dizzy dunks, and his drives and his unique style, and by the end he became almost an icon of several generations, and a part of popular culture. He is the person who spread the popularity of basketball league in global sense, who made basketball a significant part of popular culture, and shared his style with millions of people. (Michael Jordan Player Info)
Jordan is famous for his personal unique style of playing. ...
Subject to fines if he continued to wear them, he occasionally did and the demand for that version and others in the Air Jordan line was unprecedented". (qtd in Michael Jordan Bio)
At the beginning of the 21st century, one of the most popular sport networks, ESPN, carried out a survey of journalists, athletes and other people related to the world of sport to define the greatest professional sportsmen of the last century. Jordan was listed at the top, and he left behind Muhammad Ali and Babe Ruth, strengthening his connection to the other icons of popular culture. (Michael Jordan Player Info)
During his sport career Michael Jordan went through 15 full seasons, and his average scoring of 30.12 points obtained per one game was the highest among other NBA stars, and he left behind even Wilt Chamberlain with his 30.6 points. While playing with the team of Chicago Bulls he won 6 championships in NBA, achieved 10 titles of scoring, and was recognized the most valuable player of league five times. He was appointed to All-Defensive First Team 9 times. In 1983 he started to appear on the front cover of various magazines, for instance Sports Illustrated published his photo on the front cover 49 times, and he was named the Sportsman of the Year in this magazine in 1991. ESPN named him "the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century" in 1999, and Associated Press included him into the list of top sportsmen of the XXth century. He gained the titles of "His Airness" and "Air Jordan" due to his "leaping ability, vividly illustrated by dunking from the foul line and other feats". (Batchelor, p. 170)
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