Michael Jordan

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Marco Diaz
Period 5
4/20/12
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan changed and shaped our society by the way he played basketball. Michael Jordan is one of the best basketball players in the history of the National Basketball Association or NBA. He played in the NBA for sixteen years fourteen with the Chicago Bulls and two with Washington Wizards. He was no doubt one of the most recognizable athletes in the world, and the best player of his era. Michael Jordan or “Air Jordan” is characterized by his tough spirit, determination, and passion for the game of basketball. He changed our society not only by evolving the game of basketball but also off the court by donating millions of dollars to charities such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish Foundation, CharitaBulls, and Kids Wish Network. Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. Jordan was the fourth of five children. Michael quickly became interested in sports, but basketball wasn’t the first sport he played his first love was baseball. He then started playing basketball because of his older brother Larry which he idolized. As a sophomore in high school Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity basketball team… but was cut. He was devastated so over summer Michael would practice tirelessly, also he would end up growing four inches. His hard work ends up paying off so the next two years of high school Michael would end up averaging 25 point a game. As a senior he would be selected to the McDonald’s All-Star game. As a freshman in college Michael would be named the ACC Freshmen of the Year. In 1982 Michael took North Carolina to a NCAA Championship making the game winning shot. In 1984 Michael won the Naismith College Player of the Year award. In 1984 Michael Jordan will be drafted by the Chicago Bulls. In 1986 Michael would return to the University of North Carolina to get a degree in geography. After getting his Degree he then went back to the NBA and made and impact averaging 28.2 points a game his rookie year. He then was selected to NBA All-Star game and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year, but this was just the beginning. Michael Jordan would end up winning five regular season games MVP awards, six NBA Championships, six NBA finals MVP awards, three All-Star game MVP awards, a Defensive Player of the Year award, and two Olympic gold medals in men’s basketball in 1984 and in 1992 as part of the Dream Team. On October 6, 1993 Michael’s father James Jordan was murdered this caused Michael Jordan to retire after winning three consecutive NBA Championships. As Michael retired he quoted “He no longer had the desire to play”. He retired at age 33. In 1994 Michael came back to play a sport but not basketball. Instead, he comes back and plays baseball. He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox in 1994. He only played one season for the Double-A Birmingham Barons. It was important to Jordan to return to playing baseball because Jordan told his father after he was done with basketball he would play baseball. On March 18, 1995, Jordan said two important words to media sources everywhere “I’m Back”. It was official Jordan would end up coming back to the NBA and would lead the Chicago Bulls to three more consecutive NBA Championships. He will then earn his place in history as the “NBA’s greatest player of all-time”. It was important because he was the only player to do this in the NBA. This made people work harder and made them determine to try to break the record. It made people more interested in basketball. On January 13, 1999 he re-announced his retirement soon after he was the part owner of the Washington Wizards. In 2001 there was rumors of Michael Jordan coming back to play then on September 25, 2001 he did but Jordan wasn’t the same, age and injuries affected him big time. He was still a little flashy but he couldn’t take the Wizards to the playoffs. He retired for good the 2002-03 season and...
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