So, Sunday was Michael Jordan's 50th birthday, so we take this occassion to steal some Jordan nuggets, mostly from ESPN Stats & Info:
♦ As a player, Jordan's teams had a .659 winning percentage. As an executive, his teams have had a .357 winning percentage.
♦ Jordan had five future Hall of Famers as NBA teammates, and another in college. Obviously, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman were long-time Bulls with Jordan. George Gervin (1985-86), Artis Gilmore (1987-88) and Robert Parish (1996-97) each shared a different season in Chicago with Jordan. And he had James Worthy as a Tar Heel teammate as a freshman.
♦ Jordan had a Hall of Fame coach at four different stops in his career: Bob Knight (1984 Olympics), Chuck Daly (1992 Olympics), Dean Smith (North Carolina) and Phil Jackson (Bulls).
♦ Jordan never played 48 minutes in a regulation NBA game. Wilt Chamberlain did so 73 times ... in the 1961-62 season. And he played every minute of six overtime games that season.
♦ The NBA's annual TV revenue during the 1984-85 season (Jordan's second) was $28.5 million. Last season, it was $930 million. That is an increase of 3100% percent.
♦ And while Feb. 17 is the birthday of the person who may be the greatest basketball player of all time, it may also be the same birthday as the greatest football player of all time. The great Jim Brown turned 77 Sunday ... And before you ask, the best NHL player we could with that birthday was Luc Robitaille (born 1966; 1,394 points in 1,431 games) ... And the most noted baseball player? Well, how about Willy Pipp (born 1893), not known so much for his 1,941 hits, as for the player (Lou Gehrig) that replaced him on a particular day off and played 2,130 consecutive games.