1982: The beginning. Skinny North Carolina freshman hits corner jumper that beats Georgetown in the NCAA Finals and gives Dean Smith his first national title.1986: A glimpse into the future. Jordan scores NBA playoff-record 63 points in losing effort against Larry Bird and the Celtics after missing all but 18 games of the regular season with a foot injury.

1989: The Shot. With the Bulls down one point in a deciding fifth game, Jordan goes high over Cleveland's Craig Ehlo to hit a jumper that clinches an opening-round series against the Cavaliers.

1991: Quintessential Jordan. Highlight-film drive against the Lakers in the Finals, changing hands in mid-air for an acrobatic, left-handed bank shot on the other side of the basket.

1992: The shrug. After raining down 3-pointers against Portland in the opener of the Finals en route to their second title, even Jordan seems at a loss to explain his greatness.

1993: The Shot II. Jordan fires over Gerald Wilkins, beating Cleveland again in the Eastern Conference semifinals, 1993.

1997: Jazz killer. Jordan nails game-winning jumper over Bryon Russell in the opener of the NBA Finals against Utah.

1997: Sick bay. Jordan hits game-winning 3-pointer, icing 38-point effort against the Jazz in Game 5 despite being so sick and dehydrated with the flu that he was doubled over at times as he walked from the floor.

1998: The Shot III. The final shot of Jordan's career comes over Russell in the closing seconds of Game 6 and gives the Bulls their sixth title of the decade. Jordan's shot comes on the heels of his strip and steal of the ball from Karl Malone at the other end of the floor.