Photos | MJ celebrates 50th birthday

Photos | MJ celebrates 50th birthday

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SEATTLE - JUNE 14: Uniform of Michael Jordan #23 of the Chicago Bulls laid out in front of a locker prior to Game Five of the 1996 NBA Finals against the Seattle SuperSonics at Key Arena on June 14, 1996 in Seattle, Washington. The Sonics won 89-78. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1996 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by KRISTIE RIEKEN / The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 10:22 PM

HOUSTON (AP) -- Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, giving this year’s All-Stars a chance to reflect on his illustrious career and how much he still means to the sport.

In a weekend filled with the NBA’s greatest players, Jordan was the topic no one could stop talking about. Though he hasn’t played since the 2002-03 season, Jordan’s influence still permeates the league and its players.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade says, “everything he did was groundbreaking.”

Jordan won six titles and picked up five MVP awards during a career spent mostly with the Bulls that began in 1984.

Jordan was in Houston this weekend, and celebrated his birthday early with a private bash on Friday at the Museum of Fine Arts with guests including LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

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