Who Influenced Michael Jordan to Become the Player and Person He is Today

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Who Influenced Michael Jordan to Become the Player and Person He is Today?

I. Introduction

A. Background

B. Thesis Statement

II. Body

A. Childhood of MJ

B. MJ the Child Player

C. The College Years

D. MJ- The Pro Athlete

1. Life in the NBA

2. Life in the MLB

E. Back to the NBA

1. Bye, Bye, Bye (Retirement from the Game)

III. Conclusion

IV. Appendixes

A. Charts and Statistics

V. Works Cited Page

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Well everyone has they’re own opinion about Michael Jordan, but one

thing is certain, he is a phenomenal athlete with a unique combination of grace,

power, artistry and the improvisational ability. He is not only the top player of his

Era, but is quite possibly the best player to wear the uniform of a NBA team. He

is the most recognizable athlete in the world and is believed to be the best there

ever was, is, or ever will be. (NBA.com) A person to this magnitude has

obviously a success, being able to have a family of his own and, knowing that

there are thousands of people looking up to him, and being many people’s idol.

To be able to stand the pressure of being a national symbol of greatness, you

have to have a driving force. This driving force has been known to be the edge

a lot of people have needed to make it over. Michael Jordan’s family helped him

to fight and become one of the most influential, successful, and professional

sports figures ever.


Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, NY, to

a proud Deloris and James Jordan. (Nba.com; BioLife.com) Now this very first

point may seem like no big deal but it’s something in itself. Jordan almost wasn’t

born. In 1963, when Deloris was carrying Mike her mother died unexpectedly

causing her to fall into a deep depression and stress period. Fearing a

miscarriage the family doctor ordered her to bed rest. (Greene 12; NBA.com) “I

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always said that Michael’s birth was like a sign. I lost my mother while I was

carrying Michael, and he was my godsend. Michael was the happiness he sent

me after a very sad time in my life.” –Deloris (qtd. In Halberstam 48) “The near

miscarriage was very bad.” –James (qtd. in Halberstam 49) Michael the Jordan’s

4th child lived in a pretty much average house, which was on the lower end of

the economic pool. When Mike was 2 he had a really close brush with death.

James (Mike’s father) was outside tuning up his car at his parents house. The

ground was still soaked from the earlier downpour. Two extension cords let him

stretch a lamp from the kitchen outlet to under the hood of his car. During his

labor he saw something out of the corner of his eye. Mike had escaped his

playpen and, was on his way to make it a father- son- project. James ran

towards him bit it was too late. Mike walked right into the junction of the wires

and began playing with them. A sudden surge of current sent him flying back

about 3 feet, where he landed in too much shock to cry. (Greats of the

Game.com; BioLife.com) James put a net up in the backyard and the boys played

all the time. Michael’s older brother Larry always beat him. Growing up Mike’s

favorite sport was baseball, and he was quite good too! He was the MVP of

Dixie League and received a scholarship to Mickey Owen Baseball Camp. Michael

got better at basketball and, decided to try out for the Varsity Laney High

Basketball Team but, wasn’t good enough as a sophomore. Jordan, as a

sophomore, played on JV and, averaged 27.8 PPG. Jordan after junior year was

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invited to play at the 5-star Camp where colleges recruited. MJ won 10 trophies

including 2 MVP’s. The University of North Carolina recruited Jordan.

Dean Smith the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history coached Mike.

(Greene 52; Halberstam 27, BioLife.com) Most people thought that Mike would

come and sit the bench. They were startled when they found out he was a

season opener starter. (NBA.com) Mike had a great time playing for UNC, and

his nest move was to become eligible for