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Why Michael Jordan Is My Idol

Michael Jordan was the best basketball player of all time. He amassed six championships, five MVP trophies, and fourteen NBA first-team selections. In 1996, he was named “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and was in the first class of inductees to enter the Basketball Hall of Fame. Ok, maybe you knew a few of those things already… I just really like Michael Jordan and wanted to share it with you. JSYK (just so you know).

I’m rereading an excellent autobiography, Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby. The book has taught me a lot about how to be successful in life, and of course, I’ll share some of my favorite quotes in this post.

Michael Jordan is a retired professional basketball player. He played for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards of the NBA, as well as for Birmingham.

 His parents were James R. Jordan and Deloris Jordan (nee Peoples). His family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was just a toddler.

There were five children in his family. Michael was fourth in line, right after his older brother Larry, born two years earlier in 1960.

Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington. He attended high school there from 1979 to 1981, but then transferred to Laney High School in Wilmington where he played basketball and baseball on their school teams.

His success at Laney High School won him a spot on the varsity team where he averaged about 20 points per game for two years. As a senior, Jordan set up a new state scoring record when he scored 3,512 points during his high school career (30 games per season). He scored an average of 25 points per game during his senior year.

While Jordan was a good player in high school, he was not recruited by any major college basketball programs. To get more playing time, Jordan left Laney for the University of North Carolina. One year later, he signed with the NBA’s Chicago Bulls. He won Rookie of the Year honors in his first season and led the Bulls to three consecutive NBA championships from 1991 to 1993. In 1999, he was named the greatest basketball player of all time by ESPN. After retiring from basketball in 2003, Jordan became part-owner and president of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats.

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