Michael Jordan

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“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed,” said Michael Jordan (BrainyQuote). Eligibly the greatest basketball player of all time, Michael Jordan, was a major contributor to 20th century American Popular Culture. He not only changed the game of basketball, but also pioneered the sport and forever keeps his legacy. He is the true definition of starting from the bottom and succeeding to the top. Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. Him and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina before his first birthday and his parents, James and Deloris, built a basketball court in the backyard. He was one of the five children: his two brothers, Larry and James, and two sisters, Delores and Roslyn. His older brother Larry would beat him in basketball games, and only motivated Jordan to work on his basketball game. In his sophomore year in Laney high school, Jordan, being only 5’9”, tried out for the basketball team and made it to the final spot with another player Leroy Smith for the varsity team. The coach decided to pick Smith over Jordan, preferred 6’8” Smith over him and he was angry at the thought of being cut from the team. Growing 4 inches, he put one of the best performances in his junior year and joined varsity the next year, leading the team to state playoffs. Jordan really started to take off as soon as he made a scene with his performance in the McDonald’s All-American game, scoring 30 points and hit winning free throws brought his East team to victory 96-95. Jordan’s college years is what placed him on the pinnacle of his career. In 1981, He won a scholarship when he attended the University of North Carolina, also drew a lot of attention to recruits. He was crucial to the 1982 National Championship against Patrick Ewing and Georgetown University, making a 16-foot jump shot and winning the game 63-62. He was also named an All-American in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and was College Player of the Year after his junior season. Jordan averaged 17.7 points per game over his college career with North Carolina (ESPN.GO). After his junior year in college is where Jordan left college to join the NBA, where he was drafted third overall to the Chicago Bulls with the number 23. Before even playing a professional game, he participated in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Considered an amateur because of not playing a professional game, Jordan, along with his teammates Patrick Ewing, Wayman Tisdale, and Chris Mullen, the USA team won gold scoring in the tournament 8-0 and averaged 17 points per game. Jordan became a rising NBA superstar, being known for his power and agility on the court as well as for his leadership abilities. His first years of 1984-1985, he helped his team make it to the playoffs and scored an average of 28.2 points per game and were awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year. Jordan had a broken bone in his foot his second year in the league, and returned in his third year averaging over 37 points per game. He became the first player since Wilt Chamberlin to reach over 3,000 points in a season. In 1985, Nike sponsored and contracted Michael Jordan his own line of sneakers and $1,000,000, which allured himself away from Adidas, and forever changed the sneaker game. Nike Air Jordan grossed over $130 million alone through his shoes. He also finished his bachelor’s degree in geography and continued playing basketball professionally. And the following season, Jordan received his first Most Valuable Player Award from the NBA. In 1990-91 was where great success flowed for Jordan and the Bulls. Jordan led the league and scored 31.5 points per game, 6.4 rebounds, and 8,4 assists per game (Biography.com). The Chicago Bulls recorded 61 wins and also made the Eastern Conference Finals and won their...
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