The sport of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891. As the sport developed, players came and went, but a few legends remained. Of those legends, Michael Jordan is one who will always be remembered.
One of the remarkable characteristics of Jordan was his hard work and effort. He played numerous sports as a kid, and baseball was his favorite sport. Even though baseball was his primary sport, he did play basketball and football, too. Both of his parents influenced him in a positive manner. His father brought out the rough side of Michael by teaching him to work hard and not to be tempted by the street life, while his mother brought out the loving side by teaching him how to sew, clean, do the laundry, and other chores at home (Michael Jordan Biography). His love for basketball developed as he kept losing to his elder brother in pickup games, but he fought to become better. Jordan played for Laney High School, and ironically was cut from the varsity team when he was a sophomore. Rather than giving up and accepting failure, he accepted it as a challenge to improve. "Whenever I was working out and got tired and figured I ought to stop, I'd close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it, and that usually got me going again” (Michael Jordan’s Biography). As this all-star fought long and hard, he made his school team and eventually led them to win the state championships. His determination and spirit proved how, although he was not yet famous, he was on his way. His training never stopped, he never gave up, and he practiced hard until he became the best. A legend was in the making.
Upon qualifying and reaching the NBA, Michael displayed his unique qualities. He was the overall third draft pick in 1984, behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie. The Bulls’ games lacked support from their fans, and they believed that they might even go out of business. To their advantage and surprise, Michael Jordan brought everyone back to their...
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