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Published:July 16th, 2009 09:12 EST
"Air Jordan" In Fans Hearts Forever

"Air Jordan" In Fans Hearts Forever

By Suren Hossein

When I was a little boy, Michael Jordan was my hero such as Diego Maradona in football and legendary Ukrainian Sergey Bubka in track and field. 

Honestly, I have to say he looks like Aladdin`s Genie in my favorite cartoon, "Thousand Nights and a Night."

In my opinion, Jordan`s biggest asset was his heart and drive. No one man could stop him and at times, no one team could stop him.  He was equally charming as he was skilled which is why he became the face of basketball.

His biography on the National Basketball Association (NBA) website states, "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time."

Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.

"Air Jordan" is a likeable person in Iran as well. I have a big poster of him in my bedroom. Many Persians love him and Space Jam is their lovely film.

My American friend told me once we have several cultural icons, namely Muhammad Ali, Elvis, Michael Jackson, and of course, Michael Jordan. Twelve or so years ago, if someone asked me from another country what they should see when they visit the U.S., I would have told them to see the Grand Canyon, go to Broadway and see a Broadway play, and go see Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls play in Chicago, Illinois. It`s said Jordan is the Ali of basketball but I think actually Ali is the Jordan of boxing ". 

I would like to have his autograph as I heard one day David and Victoria Beckham wanted his autograph at a restaurant in London. Of course I don`t know if the story true or not.

Special thanks to J. Clint Lewey