Jordan headed for Hall

Associated Press / April 7, 2009
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DETROIT - Air Jordan has a new name: Basketball Hall of Famer.

Michael Jordan was elected to the class of 2009 yesterday, along with fellow Dream Team teammates David Robinson and John Stockton. Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer round out the selections.

Induction is Sept. 10-12 in Springfield, Mass., home of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"I don't like being up here for the Hall of Fame because at that time your basketball career is completely over," Jordan said. "I was hoping this day would be 20 more years, or actually go in when I'm dead and gone."

Jordan's selection was a slam dunk after he retired as perhaps the greatest player in history.

His soaring dunks, Nike commercials, and "Air Jordan" nickname made him one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.

"Simply the greatest to ever play the game of basketball," said Jordan's former Bulls teammate and now team GM, John Paxson. "He is the one player that each young person in this league should emulate and aspire to become. His work ethic, drive, skill level, and competitive spirit were unmatched."

Jordan retired twice during his career. He first came back to the Bulls in 1994 and won three more championships before retiring again in 1998, then had an ill-fated two-year stint with the Washington Wizards before quitting for good in 2003.

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