11 Sep 2009

Jordan to join basketball's Hall of Fame

5:51 pm on 11 September 2009

Basketball icon Michael Jordan will take his place among the game's greats with his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jordan with his amazing aerial moves, leadership and adaptability led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.

Shoes bearing his nickname, "Air", helped Jordan make more than $150 million a year from endorsements and salaries above $50 million with children all over the world sporting replicas of his jersey number 23 as they tried to be like Mike.

His mega-endorsement deals paved the way for such super sports salesmen as golf star Tiger Woods, just as his on-court skills inspired later NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Jordan led the NBA in scoring for seven consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1993 and again from 1996 to 1998.

He was a five-time NBA season Most Valuable Player.