Michael Jordan Celebrates 50th Birthday
Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday falls on Sunday, the day of the 62nd N.B.A. All-Star Game.
It is fitting, given that Jordan always seemed to shine during the sport’s annual weekend showcase. He was selected to 14 All-Star teams, was named the game’s most valuable player three times and, in breathtaking fashion, won the 1988 dunk contest with an iconic slam in which he leapt from the free-throw line.
There has been no shortage of birthday homages to Jordan leading to his big day. Sports Illustrated put him on the cover (his 50th, incidentally) last week, “SportsCenter” will count down his 50 greatest moments, and Antawn Jamison declared that Jordan, even at 50, could still play in the N.B.A.
“No one would be talking about it if they didn’t know it would drive clicks and page views and attention,” said Melissa Isaacson, who covered the Bulls for The Chicago Tribune from 1990 through Jordan’s second retirement. “I don’t remember any of this for Magic Johnson or Larry Bird’s 50th birthday, but that’s the power of Michael Jordan.”