msnbc | February 16, 2013
>>> here's just the latest sign we're all getting old. michael jordan celebrates the big 5 -0 tomorrow. in basketball, if all parties are sane, there's rarely a heated debate about the greatest six championships and championship mvps, 14-time nba all-star and when he retired the third time he walked away with the league's highest scoring average. if you ever had one of the silly arguments refer to the nba website, quote by acclimation, michael jordan is the greatest basketball player of all-time, off the court another superlative thanks to mainly to the insanely overpriced sneakers, he became the pitch man for the last 25 years. jordan's legacy is one of the few that's endured. think about it. how many bona fide global sports stars turn cult icons have a legacy that lasts long after they leave the sport they dominated? very few. so why mike? was it because he transcended sports and made fans out of folks who never pick up a basketball or maybe it's because the press helped by occasionally giving him a pass on a few things, or maybe it's because m.j., unlike so many in his sphere has always done a solid job of helping keep the mystique intact, no tweets, no facebook posts, no tell-all interviews every few years. here's a thought. maybe the truly great don't have to remind us how great they are, because from time to time we'll just reflect and remember on our own. happy 50th birthday, michael jordan .