Hardly would basketball be mentioned without making reference to great icons As Michael Jordan. However, there is definitely more to him than a basketball star.
His full name Is Michael Jeffrey Jordan, and he was born in Brooklyn, New York in the year 1963, precisely on the 17th of February. He grew up and went to school in Wilmington. He was the fourth of five children in his family. He was called magic Jordan, a named coined out of what he idolized as a child, that he called Magic Johnson as a child. He went as far as licensing the place of his first car “Magic Jordan”.
He has great phobia for water and this followed a tragic event that happened to a good friend of his who drowned in the ocean in their childhood. Up until now, he doesn’t find staying around a large body of water very comfortable to do.
His father, before he finally went to high school advised him to become a mechanic, because he believed that working with his hands seriously meant having a good job. He later made a head start in basketball while in high school and was later selected to join the McDonalds All American team.
Based on a basketball scholarship, he was enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he majored in cultural geography. He went further to help his team win the NCAA division 1 championship in 1982 where he scored a winning goal in Georgetown University.
He won the gold at the Los Angeles game in 1984 when he was selected as a U.S Olympic basketball team member. In the same year, Michael Jordan joined the Chicago Bulls.
In 1985, Jordan received the NBA award of the year and in the same year, he was selected for the NBA All-Star Game which marked a great start for him. Averagely in every game, he scored 28.8 points and this helped the Bulls to the playoffs.
Jordan is credited with starting the baggy basketball shorts.
Altogether, he played fifteen seasons at the national basketball association (NBA) and this is quite remarkable in the history of basketball. He has a competitive and encouraging spirit and these gained him lots of recognition in the world of basketball.
He decided to pursue a career in basketball, which in turn was his father’s favorite sport and his father did a great deal in helping him through it.
He retired for the first time in basketball after the 1997-1998 season after which he joined the Washington Wizards as the president of basketball operations.
In 2009, he was inducted into the Naismith memorial basketball Hall of fame and as a member of fame.
Michael Jordan is a typical example of the model of a legend. 20 years after his retirement, all basketball players still want to be like him. As a matter of fact, even non-ballers want to be like Mike. This explains the drive behind the movie “Be Like Mike”, and other references to him in the music and movie industry.