February 20, 2013
Theses: Michael Jordan is probably the most well known player and has had the largest
impact on the game of basketball.
B. High school & collage stats
A. NBA Draft
B. Early career stats
Starts playing for the Chicago Bulls
B. Starts playing baseball
Middle career stats
A. Returns to the Chicago Bulls
Late career stats
“Michael Jordan is universally regarded as one of the greatest basketball players in history”(Michael Jordan, World of Sports). Jordan is an everlasting symbol for hard work and dedication. He may be the most successful basketball player ever. He has also changed the sport of basketball in almost every aspect and he was a major reason for the popularization of the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born February 17th, 1963, to James and Delores Jordan. He was the fourth born of their five children. He was born in Brooklyn but his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. His father worked as an equipment supervisor in a General Electric plant, and his mother was in charge of a bank's customer service department. Michael had a good relationship with his parents, especially his dad. Jordon told 60 Minutes, “I had great parental guidance … from day one, they taught me right from wrong” (Michael Jordan, U*X*L Biographies). Many people think it was Michael’s father who motivated him to be an athlete although his father had originally thought of Michael playing baseball, not basketball. Michael Jordan was also close to his brother Larry Jordan who taught young Michael about basketball. The reason Michael selected jersey number 23 was because it was half of the number 45 that Larry wore. His jersey number was not the only thing he got from his family, Michael’s signature sticking out of the tongue was something he inherited from his father. When his father had been working on something he was known to stick out his tongue when he was concentrating. In high school Michael played baseball, football, and basketball. He originally preferred baseball and football to basketball, but when he was in ninth grade, he decided to become a professional basketball player. In Michael’s sophomore year he was famously cut from his Mosby 2
basketball team for being too short, five-foot-nine-inches, and this let the team’s six-foot-eight-inch sophomore Leroy Smith play instead. When many of us would have given up, Michael trained harder perfecting his jump shot and growing six inches he became six-foot-three-inches tall (he would later peak at six-feet-six-inches). “Jordan himself cites that incident as one of the most important in his life. Not making the team encouraged Jordan to work for his goals”(Michael Jordan, Business Leader). As a senior, he was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team after averaging a triple-double: 29.2 points, 11.6 rebounds, and 10.1 for that season. In 1980, Michael was invited to spend the summer at the Five-Star Basketball Camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a special session for the country's best high school players. At the camp he displayed his outstanding skills. Michael was suddenly at the top of the list for college teams, and early in his senior year he accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of North Carolina. When he was at University of North Carolina he played under Dean Smith whose career at North Carolina is regarded as one of the most successful in the history of college basketball. Dean Smith usually did not start freshmen but made an exception for Michael. He became a national star on March...
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