Michael Jordan: Iconic Photos of the Greatest Basketball Player in History

Michael Jordan is one of the most well-known sports figures in history. Take a look at photos of the basketball icon through the years.

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He’s the greatest of all time. He’s synonymous with the sport of basketball. Even when he was battling the flu, he was amazing. He is Michael Jordan. The North Carolina native began his NBA career in 1984 when the Chicago Bulls picked him as the third overall pick – after Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. Jordan struggled in his first two seasons, but in 1986, he came one of the most prolific scorer in NBA history. The Bulls clashed with the Detroit Pistons towards the end of the ‘80s, but in 1991, Jordan helped establish them as a dynastic. He led the team to a NBA Championship three-peat, and had he not prematurely retired in 1993, their winning streak might have been longer. After a brief baseball career, Jordan returned to the NBA in the 1995 season. He let the Bulls to a second three-peat before retiring a second time in 1999. He attempted a second comeback with the Washington Wizards in 2001, but called it a career – for good! – in 2003.

Jordan’s accolades are incredible: 6x NBA champ, 6x NBA Finals MVP, 5x NBA MVP, 14x NBA All-Star, 10x All-NBA First Team, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and more. He truly is the GOAT.

June 14, 2018, 11:40AM

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Michael Jordan & wife Yvette Prieto in Saint Tropez

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Michael Jordan and his wife Yvette Prieto having coffee aboard their yacht in Saint Tropez. They shared a hug.

July 30, 2023, 11:27AM

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Michael Jordan with his wife Yvette Prieto enjoying their sun-soaked holiday in Sardinia


Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto taking in the European heatwave during their sun-soaked holiday in Sardinia. They were also joined by their twin daughters.

July 22, 2023, 4:23PM

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Yvette Prieto & Michael Jordan with their daughters


Michael Jordan and Yvette Prieto with their twin daughters. They were all on a yacht. 

July 22, 2023, 4:22PM

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Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto taking in the sun


Michael Jordan and his wife, Yvette Prieto, were spotted in Italy on Jul. 6, 2023. The NBA star rocked a black t-shirt with khaki shorts while his wife opted for a matching white shirt and shorts set.

July 6, 2023, 10:54PM


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Michael Jordan & Yvette Prieto chatting


Michael Jordan and his wife, Yvette Prieto, enjoyed a vacation in Italy together in Jul. 2023. The brunette beauty rocked a white button-up shirt, while her hubby opted for a t-shirt and shorts.

July 6, 2023, 10:54PM

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Michael Jordan Loves Tequila

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Michael Jordan checks out of his hotel in 2018. The NBA icon walked out with a half-empty tequila bottle. A year later, Jordan and four other NBA owners started their own brand, Cincoro.

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Michael Jordan Is An Icon

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Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan poses alongside his likeness on a box of Wheaties during an unveiling ceremony in Chicago in 1988. He was is the seventh celebrity athlete to have his image displayed on a box of the cereal marketed as ‘The Breakfast of Champions.’

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Michael Jordan Is All Smiles

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The Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan jokes around at team practice at the Berto Center training facility in 1995. This was around the time that the Bulls began their epic championship run

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Michael Jordan is The GOAT


Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan stands during a break at the end of an NBA Basketball game against the Seattle SuperSonics in Seattle. Jordan ended his 15-season career with six NBA championships and more accolades to list here. 


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Michael Jordan Flies

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There’s a reason why he’s called “Air Jordan.” Michael Jordan flies to the hoop over the Indiana Pacers Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson during the a 1995 game. 

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Michael Jordan In College


A North Carolina son done good. North Carolina guard Michael Jordan and then-Tar Heels coach Dean Smith are shown at a news conference in this photo in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan announced he would forfeit his final year of college eligibility to turn pro. 

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Michael Jordan In The Olympics


Michael Jordan goes up for a shot between Uruguay’s Hebert Nunez Gonzalez and Alvaro Tito Moreno during the first half of their preliminary round game at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Jordan ended his career with two Gold Medals. 

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Michael Jordan Celebrates


Michael Jordan celebrating with the NBA trophy after the Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers 97-93 in Chicago, to win their second straight NBA title. They’d go on to make the three-peat….twice. 

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Michael Jordan With His Mom & Dad

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Michael Jordan serves his father, James, a slice of birthday cake as his mother, Doloris, watches during a party in honor of Jordan’s 26th birthday in Chicago. James was shockingly murdered in 1993. 

May 8, 2020, 4:54PM

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Michael Jordan Sightseeing In Dubrovnik With Yvette Prieto

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Michael Jordan amd Yvette Prieto walk along the Stradun streets of Dubrovnik, Croatia. They looked chic for the 2021 outing.

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Michael At The Premiere of ‘Space Jam’


Michael Jordan and his son at the world premiere of ‘Space Jam’. The duo were all smiles at the end on November 10, 1996.

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Jasmine Jordan smiling

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Jasmine Jordan, the daughter of Chicago Bulls basketball great Michael Jordan, at the Shannon Brown Wood-Star Foundation Dinner in Chicago. She looked great!

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Michael Jordan with athletes

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Retired Hall of Fame National Football League player Jerry Rice, former U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and fiancee, model Yvette Prieto attend the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational opening night dinner in 2013. They were all smiles.

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Michael Jordan & Barack Obama in a proud moment

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President Barack Obama awards former basketball player Michael Jordan the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It was during a Ceremony in the East Room of the White House in 2016.

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Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan pose together


Yvette Prieto and Michael Jordan were all smiles on the red carpet at the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Invitational Gala in Las Vegas. They wore similarly toned outfits

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