Michael Jordan is a former American basketball player who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships and won the Most Valuable Player Award five times. He is by far one of the most well known basketball players in this era. Michael paired up with Nike in the mid 1980’s to create one of the first basketball shoes. Since then, multiple pairs have released, and are still being made today.
Lebron James became a star right away after he skipped college and went straight to the NBA. He led the Miami Heat to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013, and won a third championship with Cleveland in 2016. With his impressive record, it was no surprise that James was the first player picked in the 2003 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed the powerful young forward, and he proved to be a valuable addition to the then-struggling franchise.
Kobe Bryant was drafted straight out of high school in 1996. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick, but then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his second season as guard, with the Lakers, Bryant was voted a starter for the 1998 All-Star Game, becoming at 19 the youngest All-Star in NBA history. He then lead the Lakers to win three consecutive NBA championships, and was voted first-team all-NBA from 2002-04. He also signed multi-year endorsement deals with Adidas, Sprite and other top sponsors.