Michael Jordan To Be Inducted Into North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

The NBA G.O.A.T., Michael Jordan, will finally enter the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame this month, during an induction ceremony later this month.

According to the Associated Press, the ceremony will take place in Charlotte on December 14 at halftime of the game between the Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Bobcats, of which is majority owner.

Jordan was elected by the hall’s board of directors in 1993, after leading the Chicago Bulls to the third of six NBA championships. However, he he had retired from basketball and was playing minor-league baseball, which prolonged the induction process because the hall requires inductees to personally accept the invitation.

In a statement, Jordan called the induction a "tremendous honor."

"When I think about all the great athletes from North Carolina that inspired me to become the best I could be, it’s humbling to know that now I stand with them as members of a very special fraternity," Jordan said.

Don Fish, the Hall’s executive director, told the AP that there had been several attempts to schedule an induction ceremony over the years, but the North Carolina native was often unavailable when the hall typically conducted induction ceremonies in May.

He added that Jordan’s absence in the Hall had been particularly noted by children who visited, located in the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

"The one question they ask is, ‘Where’s Michael Jordan?"’ Fish said. "Shortly we will have that answer."

This month’s ceremony will include a video tribute to Jordan.

By Randall Stevens