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Air Apparent: 23 Reasons We Love Michael Jordan
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Michael Jordan.

What can be said about that name that hasn't yet been said? He is arguably the greatest basketball player of all time, and even now, five years after he left a basketball court for good, sports fans know his name.

Every great basketball player since MJ will always be compared to "His Airness," and any marketable athlete, be it Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, or Derek Jeter, owes whatever they get to the most marketable athlete in the history of sports.

Now on Sept. 11, 2009, every basketball fan in the world will have their eyes on Springfield, Mass., as the great Air Jordan is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In tribute to Jordan, who inspired a whole generation of boys who dreamed of ruling the school yard with moves that would make the girls watching say "WOW" (okay, maybe that was just me), here are 23 reasons to love No. 23.

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