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New Delhi, Sept 12, 2009: Michael Jordan Hall of Fame speech was very emotional. The greatest basketball player of all time Michael Jackson became very emotional when he was given a very long standing ovation by a cheering crowd. It was a moment that made the legend emotional and for the next more than twenty minutes he thanked everyone.
The occasion was his induction into the Hall of Fame. Everyone knew long before his induction was announced earlier this year that he will be inducted in it sooner than later.
His soaring dunks, Nike commercials and "Air Jordan" nickname helped stamp him as one the most recognizable athletes around the world. He finished a 15-year career with the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards with 32,292 points — the third-highest total in league history, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone. His final career average of 30.12 goes down as the best, just ahead of Wilt Chamberlain's 30.07.
He has been eulogized not just by admirers but also his teammates as well. One of his teammates John Paxon says about him, "Simply the greatest to ever play the game of basketball. He is the one player that each young person in this league should emulate and aspire to become. His work ethic, drive, skill level and competitive spirit were unmatched”.
Forty six year old Michael Jeffrey Jordan is an American icon, a retired American professional basketball player and active businessman.
Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
After a stand-out career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he led the Tar Heels to a National Championship in 1982, Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls in 1984. He quickly emerged as a league star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring.
His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line at Slam Dunk Contests, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball. In 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a "three-peat".
Although Jordan abruptly retired from basketball at the beginning of the 1993–94 NBA season to pursue a career in baseball, he rejoined the Bulls in 1995 and led them to three additional championships (1996, 1997, and 1998) as well as an NBA-record 72 regular-season wins in the 1995–96 season. Jordan retired for a second time in 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons in 2001 as a member of the Washington Wizards.
Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five MVP awards, ten All-NBA First Team designations, nine All-Defensive First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game appearances, three All-Star Game MVP awards, ten scoring titles, three steals titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
He holds the NBA records for highest career regular-season scoring average (30.12 points per game) and highest career playoff scoring average (33.4 points per game). In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN, and was second to Babe Ruth on the Associated Press's list of athletes of the century. He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009 and was inducted on September 11, 2009.
On the occasion Jordan thanked everyone who pushed him to greater heights: The coach at Laney High who picked Leroy Smith over him for the varsity team ("You made a mistake, dude," Jordan said). Buzz Peterson, his former roommate at North Carolina who was named high school state player of the year instead of him. His college coach, Dean Smith, who refused to name Jordan as a starter as a freshman before Sports Illustrated magazine put the other four Tar Heels starters on the cover in 1981 ("That burned me up," he said).
He said, "The players win championships. Don't try to put the organization before the players because at the end of the day, the players have to go out and perform. You guys got to pay us".
While speaking to his children he said, "You guys have had a heavy burden. I wouldn't want to be you guys," Jordan said with a laugh.
Jordan Inducted into NBA Hall of Fame
(AP) Michael Jordan's thank you list went well beyond friends and family.
There was the coach who cut him. The player who dissed him. The media who doubted him.
Anyone who ever provided Jordan with motivation to become a better player - perhaps the greatest one ever.
Jordan recalled all of it Friday night, when he joined David Robinson and John Stockton, a pair of his 1992 Dream Team teammates, and coaches Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer in a distinguished class enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.
"The game of basketball has been everything to me," Jordan said.
Jordan insisted during a press conference that the weekend wasn't just about him, but he was clearly the star before a crowd that included former teammates Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.
"He makes one big shot and everybody thinks he's kind of cool," Stockton joked. "I don't get it."
Michael Jordan Inducted into NBA Hall of Fame, cried before speech
Jordan cried before beginning his acceptance speech, then entertained the crowd with memories of any slights that inspired him to get to basketball's birthplace:
The coach who cut him from the varsity as a North Carolina schoolboy.
"I wanted to make sure you understood: You made a mistake, dude."
Isiah Thomas, who allegedly orchestrated a "freezeout" of Jordan in his first All-Star game.
"I wanted to prove to you, Magic (Johnson), Larry (Bird), George (Gervin), everybody that I deserved (to be there) just as much as anybody else, and I hope over the period of my career I've done that without a doubt."
Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy - Jordan called him Pat Riley's "little guy" - who accused Jordan of "conning" players by acting friendly toward them, then attacking them in games.
"I just so happen to be a friendly guy. I get along with everybody, but at the same time, when the light comes on, I'm as competitive as anybody you know."
The media who said Jordan, though a great player, would never win like Bird or Johnson.
"I had to listen to all that, and that put so much wood on that fire that it kept me each and every day trying to get better as a basketball player."
Lastly, Utah's Bryon Russell. Jordan recalled meeting Russell while he was retired and playing minor league baseball in 1994 - and with Sloan looking on in horror - told of how Russell insisted he could have covered him if Jordan was still playing. Russell later got two cracks at Jordan in the NBA finals, and he was the defender when Jordan hit the clinching shot to win the 1998 title.
"From this day forward, if I ever see him in shorts, I'm coming at him."
The enshrinement ceremony took place at Springfield's Symphony Hall, because Jordan was too big for the Hall of Fame. The move to the other building allowed for a crowd of about 2,600, more than double what the Hall can accommodate.
Robinson was enshrined first on Friday before a large San Antonio contingent that included teammates Tim Duncan and Avery Johnson, and coaches Larry Brown and Gregg Popovich. Stockton told the Spurs that his running mate, Karl Malone, was the best power forward, not Duncan.
Stringer, the first coach to lead three different teams to the Final Four, still couldn't believe a coal miner's daughter had made it, calling it the "most unusual, unexpected thing in the world."
She thanked her players "basketball daughters" - and praised her 2007 Rutgers team for the class and dignity it showed after the racially insensitive comments made by Don Imus.
"I know that I stand here on the shoulders of so many," Stringer said.
Sloan also thanked his players, his former coaches from high school to the NBA, and late Utah owner Larry Miller for sticking with him even during the team's bad years.
"Loyalty is the No. 1 reason I'm still coaching the Jazz," Sloan said.
Most of the attention was on Jordan, the five-time NBA MVP, but the others in the class are some of the most accomplished in the sport. Stockton is the career leader in assists and steals, Robinson won an MVP trophy and two titles in San Antonio, and Sloan is the only coach to win 1,000 games with one team.
"Unique, unique competitors," Stockton said during the morning press conference.
Fiery ones, too. Sloan, Stockton's longtime coach, told two different tales of fights he was in as a hard-nosed player for Chicago.
Jordan remembered scoring around 20 points in a row late in a game to pull out a win, which was followed by a conversation with Bulls assistant Tex Winter.
"Tex reminded me that there's no 'I' in team," Jordan said. "And I looked back at Tex, I said, 'There's 'I' in win.' So whichever way you want it."
Jordan and Robinson were All-American college players who entered the NBA with high expectations. Sloan acknowledged he wasn't so sure about Stockton at first - and turns out, neither was Stockton.
"I thought they'd figure me out pretty quickly. I thought the Jazz would figure out that they'd made a mistake, so first paycheck I saved every cent," Stockton said. "I was pretty sure I was a one-year-and-out guy."
Not Jordan - who still might not be done.
"One day you might look up and see me playing a game at 50," he said. "Don't laugh. Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."
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