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Forty birthday wishes for ol' No. 23

What would Michael Jordan's closest friends (and foes) write on his birthday card? We found out.

Originally Published: February 17, 2003
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

The man who defied gravity so elegantly and for so long turns 40 today. The Big Four-Oh for Michael Jordan. Can this be true?

Sadly, yes.

Air Jordan's time on the planet Earth officially crosses over into a fifth decade. For basketball fans of a certain age, this is devastating news. As long as his lithe 6-foot-6, 216-pound body hung in the air, tracing a majestic parabola -- whether it was over Craig Ehlo or Bryon Russell or even Shawn Marion -- we vicariously floated there with him, ...

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