His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolinawhen he was a toddler. He has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R.
Michael Jeffrey Jordan Born: Chicago Bulls, Transactions: Laney Wilmington, NC College: Although, a summary of his basketball career and influence on the game inevitably fails to do it justice, as a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of fundamental soundness, grace, speed, power, artistry, improvisational ability and an unquenchable competitive desire, Jordan single-handedly redefined the NBA superstar.
Even contemporaneous superstars recognized the unparalleled position of Jordan. A brief listing of his top accomplishments would include the following: He burst into the league as a rookie sensation scoring in droves with an unmatchable first step and acrobatic drives and dunks and concluded his career as a cultural icon.
Along the way, he became a true champion who spearheaded the globalization of the NBA with his dynamic on court abilities and personal sense of style that was marketed to the masses.
He was an accessible star who managed to maintain an air of mystique.
He was visible as "Air Jordan," as part of a sneaker advertising campaign and endorsing other products as well as the star of the movie, Space Jam. However, he would vanish into retirement twice only to return until hanging up the sneakers for the last time after the season.
Although Brooklyn born, Jordan was bred in the more tranquil North Carolina. The son of Delores and James Jordan, he shared a special bond with his father, which included baseball being both of their first love.
However, following his older brother, Larry, whom he idolized and was a spectacular athlete in his own right, Jordan began to play basketball.
He attended Laney High school in Wilmington, North Carolina, but as a skinny sophomore, he was cut from the varsity basketball team. The summer before his junior year, he grew to and began his path to super-stardom. As a freshman, he played somewhat in the shadows of upperclassmen James Worthy and Sam Perkins.
Jordan scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds and made the winning basket on a foot jumper with 18 seconds in the game for the victory.
As a junior, he received that award again as well as the Naismith and Wooden Awards. The Portland Trail Blazers, however, with the No. Bowie had suffered several injuries while in college but the Blazers bypassed Jordan because just the year before the team selected another exciting shooting guard in Clyde Drexler.
Although Drexler went onto to be a star, Bowie was an injury prone player with a journeyman pro career However, Jordan, coming off a gold medal performance at the Olympics prospered in the pro game with a fabulous first season, earning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Perhaps more important, the Bulls improved to win 11 more games than in the season prior to his arrival and made it to the playoffs. In his first season, he did not have outstanding shooting range and was thought to roam to often on defense resulting from playing trapping defenses in college according to his first NBA coach, Kevin Loughery.
Yet, his medium game -- eight to feet from the basket was impressive as evidenced by his. Improvement in both areas would come and he would ultimately be regarded as threat from anywhere on the floor and one of the best ever one-on-one defenders.
King, the eventual leading scorer for that upcoming season, seemed sure as well when he spoke to Hoop magazine after a preseason game. Home attendance at the venerable Chicago Stadium and on the road rose dramatically.
Fans of opposing teams were seemingly content to see their team lose if in return Jordan put on show. Nike signed him to a major shoe deal because of his anticipated appeal, but he surpassed even the loftiest of expectations.
He also had a clause in his contract that allowed him, unlike most other NBA players, to play basketball anytime in the off-season -- known as the "love-of-the-game clause. He continued to wear the shorts of his beloved North Carolina basketball uniform under his Bulls uniform.
This may have led him to wear longer game shorts although he has said that the extra length allowed him to bend at the waist and tug at the hem for a good resting position. Either way, the trend toward the baggy shorts was started and the entire league and sport would follow.
Many assessed that he eluded defenders so easily that he had to be travelling. However, video break down established that his first step was just so quick and that he was not in violation of the rulebook.
Despite all the attention, Jordan retained a sense of humility. He did not ridicule the Blazers for not taking him. They have an overabundance of big guards and small forwards.
There, he probably faced one of his first professional obstacles.Michael Jordan attended the University of North Carolina where he was named College Player of the Year but the Sporting News.
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Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, ), also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He played 15 seasons in the National BasketbHigh school: Emsley A. Laney, (Wilmington, North Carolina). Oct 23, · Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, ) is a professional American basketball player, Olympic athlete, businessperson and actor.
Considered one of . Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller.