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Bulls Michael Jordan jumps for joy, as the Bulls win their sixth championship against the Utah Jazz in Utah.

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Michael Jordan under the basket prepares for a slam in the paint during a regular season game at the Chicago Stadium.

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Michael Jordan takes a break during a 1994 game.

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Bulls Scottie Pippen helps an exhusted Michael Jordan off the court in the final seconds of Game 5.

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Michael Jordan takes The Shot that sealed the fate of the Utah Zazz once again in the the 1997-98 season.

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Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan celebrate their 1996 victory in the Bulls locker room.

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Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan takes the last shot to win the game with 1.1 seconds on the clock against the Utah Jazz and the sixth NBA Championship in 1994.

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Charlotte Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan argues a call during the second half of the Bobcats' 92-80 loss to the Orlando Magic in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 20, 2009.

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Michael Jordan kisses the Chicago Stadium floor during the charity event Scottie Pippen Classic to say good-bye to the Chicago Stadium which was during his retirement.

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Michael Jordan dunks for two against the Indiana Pacers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals Sunday, May 17, 1998, at the United Center in Chicago.

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10 Chicago Bulls 1993 championship ring, Michael Jordan's ring.

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MJ vs. Bullets

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Michael Jordan celebrates the Bulls' win over the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Finals in Chicago, June 14, 1992. The Bulls beat the Trail Blazers 97-93 to repeat as champions.

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Michael Jordan slams the basketball during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in January, 1987.

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Scottie Pippen, right, embraces an exhausted Michael Jordan following their 90-88 win in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz Wednesday, June 11, 1997, in Salt Lake City.

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Michael Jordan has words with referee Mike Mathis, left, during the second quarter of Game 4 in the NBA Finals, Wednesday evening, June 12, 1996, in Seattle.

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The USA's Scottie Pippen, left, with Michael Jordan, center, and Clyde Drexler, pose with their gold medals after beating Croatia 117-85 in Olympic basketball at Barcelona, Aug. 8, 1992.

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Michael Jordan slams the ball through the net during a Dec. 6, 1995, game against the New York Knicks in Chicago.

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Former Chicago Bulls forward Michael Jordan holds his daughter, Jasmine, as his sons, Jeffrey, left center, and Marcus help him hoist a banner up to the rafters of the United Center Nov.1,1994 in Chicago. Banner carries Jordan's number 23, which was retired during the ceremony. A 12-foot bronze statue was also unveiled outside the stadium to honor Jordan.

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Michael Jordan (23) takes a shot in front Seattle SuperSonics' Shawn Kemp (40) during the first quarter Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1996, in Chicago.

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Los Angeles Laker guard Byron Scott, left, checks Michael Jordan during the third quarter of Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Chicago.

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Michael Jordan flies to the hoop over the Indiana Pacers' Reggie Miller and Mark Jackson (13), March 19, 1995, in Indianapolis, Ind. Nicknamed "Air Jordan" for his superb athleticism, he was named the National Basketball Association's Most Valuable Player in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996 and 1997.

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Michael Jordan puts up the game-winning shot over Utah Jazz forward Bryon Russell, right, to win Game 1 of the NBA Finals 84-82 Sunday, June 1, 1997, in Chicago.

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan takes part in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest in Seattle in this Feb. 7, 1987 photo. There was another sign Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, that Jordan's return is imminent. A column in The Washington Post, without citing sources, said Jordan would confirm "early next week, probably Monday" his decision to play for the Washington Wizards this season.

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan holds the trophy after the Bulls won over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-101, in game five of the NBA championship in Inglewood, Calif., June 12, 1991.

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The Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls plays the Detroit Pistons during the 1991NBA Playoffs.

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Michael Jordan, left, and Scottie Pippen celebrate with champagne in the locker room after they defeated the Seattle SuperSonics , 87-75, in Game 6 to win the NBA Championship Sunday, June 16, 1996, in Chicago.

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Michael Jordan kisses the basketball floor of the Chicago Stadium as he leaves it for the last time after a charity basketball game in Chicago, Ill., on Friday, Sept., 9, 1994. Jordan played his first three championships seasons at Chicago stadium before a stint playing minor league baseball with the Birmingham Barons. Chicago Stadium was to be replaced by the new United Center across the street. (AP Photo/Tim Boyle)

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Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan at a game during his rookie year with the famous trademark of his tongue hanging out.

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Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan slices in between two Milwaukee Bucks defenders as he goes for a layup at a game during his rookie year.

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MJ vs. Bullets in 1986.

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MJ vs. Bullets in 1986.

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MJ vs. Bullets in 1986.

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Michael Jordan celebrates after the Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 99-98 to win their third consecutive NBA title in Phoenix, June 20, 1993. Jordan scored 33 points and now holds the record for the highest scoring average in finals history, 41.0, eclipsing Rick Barry's 1967 standard of 40.8.

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Michael Jordan and his mother Deloris Jordan at the unveiling of his statue at the United Center.

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Chicago Bulls Guard Michael Jordan catches his breath during the second quarter of his comeback game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, March 19, 1995, Indianapolis, In. Jordan played 43 minutes in the 103-96 overtime loss to the Pacers.

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Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan holds up six fingers for the six NBA Championships the Bulls have won after Chicago defeated 87-86 in Salt Lake City, Sunday, June 14, 1998.

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The Chicago Bulls Michael Jordan brings the ball up the court Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, against the New York Knicks at Madison Sqaure Garden.

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Michael Jordan hugs teammates Scottie Pippen, front, and Randy Brown, left, as Jason Caffey, rear, joins in after the Bulls beat the Utah Jazz 90-86 in Game 6 to win the NBA championship Friday, June 13, 1997, in Chicago.

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Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan hugs Bulls' broadcaster and original head coach, Johnny 'Red' Kerr during the halftime of an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and the Detroit Pistons Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2009, in Chicago. Kerr has worked for the Bulls in various capacities for 35 of the franchise's 43 seasons, most notably as a team broadcaster for more than 30 years.

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Michael Jordan goes to the basket in the third quarter as Utah Jazz's Howard Eisley looks on during Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, Friday, June 5, 1998. Jordan scored a team high 37 points as the Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-88, tying the best-of seven series 1-1. The Jazz' Jeff Hornacek is at lower left.

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This is a june 14, 1992 file photo showing Chicago Bulls' 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.

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Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan becomes emotional as he take the stage during his enshrinement ceremony into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.

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Michael Jordan jokes with officials near the end of a 110-89 victory against the Orlando Magic Sunday, Feb. 16, 1997, in Chicago.

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Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan shoots over New York Knicks' Charles Oakley during the Bulls 88-87 victory in this Jan. 21, 1997 photo, in Chicago. There was another sign Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001, that Jordan's return is imminent. A column in The Washington Post, without citing sources, said Jordan would confirm ``early next week, probably Monday'' his decision to play for the Washington Wizards this season.

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Michael Jordan chips the ball out of the sand at Kemper Lakes Golf Course during the SBC open in July of 2001 in Long Grove.

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Former United States President Bill Clinton, right, jokes with basketball great Michael Jordan during a team photo session for the Presidents Cup golf competition Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, in San Francisco. Jordan is on hand as a guest of U.S. captain Fred Couples.

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Chicago White Sox's Michael Jordan is seen during batting practice prior to spring training exhibition game against the Florida Marlins in Miami, Fla., April 1, 1994. The White Sox announced that the former Chicago Bulls' basketball superstar has been assigned to the Class AA Birmingham Barons.

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From left, Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer, and former NBA basketball players John Stockton, David Robinson and Michael Jordan hold jerseys Monday, April 6, 2009, in Detroit, at the announcement that they were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is also part of the 2009 class.

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Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan wipes tears from his eyes as he prepares to deliver his address during his enshrinement ceremony into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Friday, Sept. 11, 2009.

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This is an Oct. 6, 2009, file photo showing United States Team captain's assistant Michael Jordan chewing a cigar as he walks the course during a practice round for the Presidents Cup golf competition, in San Francisco. A city official has asked the PGA Tour to remind Michael Jordan that he can't smoke cigars at Harding Park during the Presidents Cup.

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Michael Jordan and Detroit's Isiah Thomas hit the floor after scrambling for a ball.

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Michael Jordan shouts some orders while on the bench during the Wizzards vs Bulls game.

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In this Feb. 6, 1988 file photo, Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls dunks during the slam-dunk competition of the NBA All-Star weekend in Chicago, Ill. On Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, Jordan will be enshrined at the Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Former Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards guard Michael Jordan laughs as he answers a reporter's question during a media availability before his enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Friday morning, Sept. 11, 2009.

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North Carolina forward Michael Jordan sticks out a hand and his tongue Thursday March 23, 1984 trying to drive past Indiana forward Mike Giomi on March 23, 1984 at Atlanta Omni. Indiana won the NCAA East Regional semifinal game, 72-68, and will meet Virginia Saturday.

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Georgetown's Ed Springs takes a rebound away from North Carolina's Michael Jordan (23) during the NCAA championship at the Superdome in New Orleans, March 30, 1982. Jordan scored 16 points and the winning basket as the Tar Heels defeated the Hoyas, 63-62.

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University of Houston's Clyde Drexler, center, grabs the rebound as University of North Carolina players Michael Jordan (23) and Matt Doherty (44) get in the action during NCAA semi-final play in New Orleans, March 28, 1982. North Carolina won, 68-63 and will meet Georgetown University in final action Monday night.

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Michael Jordan smiles as he sits on the bench during one of his games at the Chicago Stadium.

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Michael Jordan rides in their first victory parade to Grant Park with his son and wife Juanita in the Chicago.

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Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley during the playoffs.

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Basketball legend Michael Jordan reveals a hint of emotion as he watches his son Marcus be interviewed on the large screen at the Peoria Civic Center on Saturday night just after Marcus and the Whitney Young Dolphins claimed a state title by winning against the Waukegan Bulldogs.

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Gallery updated: 2/17/2013 9:56 AM

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Michael Jordan turns 50 today. He was an immortal with a red cape, leaping skyscrapers in a single bound. Here's a look back at images of his career.
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