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Michael Jordan in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game

Written by Charlie Jimenez   
Saturday, 16 February 2013 14:55

Michael Jordan in the 2013 NBA All-StarMichael Jordan, who gave a new dimension to the basketball world between fantasy and glamor, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this Sunday with a legacy test comparisons, despite his retirement ten years ago and the new stars that adorn the firmament current NBA.

The man made a stamp his initials MJ reference, is considered the best player in history not only for his abilities on the court, his six championship rings from the American League and his two Olympic gold medals, but because it was the pioneer who planted the seed of what now is the NBA today.

"It's simple. Never be another Michael Jordan. He was the first to do a lot of things. Whenever you're the first, there can be another person to go," said the Miami Heat star guard Dwyane Wade.

Wade and other NBA stars like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant never tire of saying that since children wanted to imitate the style of Jordan.

And like them, also millions of children and young people around the world, to the point of being recognized as the world's most popular player.


"I do not think that has ever been any other sports character with his skill and knowledge worldwide," said Dominique Wilkins, another legendary former player who shared stage with 'Air' Jordan.

"Jordan's only one and no one compares to him," he said Wilkins, who noted that beyond his athleticism or his magic with the ball, the main virtue of Jordan was the competitiveness and the desire to succeed.

"I never saw anyone so motivated to win," said Wilkins. "He is someone who hates to lose as anyone. Worked every day to be the best and made it.'s The most competitive person I know."

Among dunk that seemed to defy the laws of gravity, haggling crazy with the ball to outwit opponents and a supreme defense, Jordan gave the Chicago Bulls a display case full of six NBA titles in the last decade of the last century.

There was an initial period of three championships from 1991 to 1993, when Jordan went from being a young player with potential Bulls star.

Then he had the luxury of retiring to play major league baseball, fulfilling a dream of his father, and return again to become a legend with three titles from 1996 to 1998.

And when the United States needed to save the honor after several humiliating failures in the Olympics, Jordan led a "Dream Team" of NBA stars to win gold in Barcelona 1992.

It was because of what Jordan did on and off the field that NBA players began receiving star treatment from fans.

It also led the sports marketing to a level never seen, that opened the doors to the dance of the millions who dance today his followers as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods, among others.

The advent of "Jordamanía" in the 1990s led to more international recognition of the NBA because of the media attention it received the league, suddenly flooded with powerful sponsors in search of famous faces for their products.

One was the signature Nike, which put on the market the shoes "Air Jordan", an empire that is still very profitable although many buyers are not old enough to have seen the exploits of his' Majesty's Air '.

Now in Houston, guest of honor at the All-Star Game tomorrow, Jordan has everyone on edge, as in his heyday, to see if his words come true when he made his entry into the Hall of Fame in 2009: " One day turn their heads and see me play basketball again at age 50. "

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