Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Before he became the all-star he is today, Jordan grew up loving baseball until he followed in his brother’s footsteps and started playing basketball. When Jordan was just a sophomore in high school, he was cut from the varsity basketball team, but the following year he grew several inches, which began his path to stardom. After high school, Jordan attended the University of North Carolina, where he played for the school basketball team, leading them to the NCAA Championship. As a sophomore, Jordan was named College Player of the Year by The Sporting News, which he was named again the following year. After his junior year at North Carolina, Jordan was chosen with the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls, which began his successful career as the greatest basketball player. Jordan had a very successful first season, earning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. More importantly, with Jordan on the team, the Bulls won 11 more games than the season prior and they made it to the playoffs. Jordan continued to lead the Bulls in points until he retired at the age of 33 claiming, “he no longer had the desire to play.” Fortunately for the Bulls, his retirement was short lived, because Jordan returned to the court in 1995 to lead them to three more NBA championships. By 1999, Jordan announced his retirement again, soon after becoming part owner of the Washington Wizards. Then, at the start of the 2001 season, Jordan confirmed that he was once again returning to the NBA to play for the Wizards. He played two seasons for the Wizards, but couldn’t lead them to the playoffs, so following the 2003 season, Jordan retired for good. Now, Jordan is ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century, beating Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali.
During Jordan’s time in the NBA, he was aware that players used drugs, “But you got a lot of marijuana smoking and drug use like cocaine. All that stuff has been in the NBA. We’ve been able to curtail it and try to eliminate it, but it’s very tough to eliminate. I think marijuana is still strong in the NBA. I’d like to see that paid more attention to.” Marijuana was especially prevalent with the Chicago Bulls, because former Bulls point guard Jay Williams remembers his teammates always smoking, but Jordan wasn’t one of them.