Friday, February 6, 2015

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

My story starts with a birth of a kid named Michael Jordan on February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York. Michael Jordan had a competitive edge at an early age, his father said, “What he does have is a competition problem. He was born with that ... the person he tries to outdo most of the time is himself,” quoted in
Jordan’s dad built a full size basketball court for Jordan and his two brother’s, Michael Jordan started playing basketball in ninth grade.
As time passed Jordan was on junior varsity as a sophomore, and he was a good player, but he was only six foot one inches tall, so his coaches didn’t pay much attention to him and didn’t put him on varsity. After that Jordan took basketball more seriously.
Jordan started growing too and didn’t stop until he was six feet, six inches tall, Michael Jordan’s talent and his desire to excel grew with him too. Michael Jordan attended Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Jordan practiced and went to a basketball camp to be better; when he was there he caught the attention of scouts from the University of North Carolina, who recruited him after he graduated from high school.
While Jordan was at North Carolina he became the best all-around player in the country! He had incredible long shots, short jump shots, drives to the basket, and his soon to be famous slam dunks that were unstoppable.
By the end of his junior year the pros were after him, because he averaged nineteen point eight points per game and led his team to two NCAA tournaments and later the championship in 1983. Jordan was the top scorer on the U.S. Pan American Games team and he led them to a gold medal in 1983.
He was a co-captain and star of the 1984 U.S. Men’s Gold Medal-winning Olympic Basketball team; he also was named All-American in 1983 and 1984.
In 1984 Jordan was signed by the Chicago Bulls, Jordan picked the number twenty three and in 1991, he led them to their first professional basketball championship, where he was named tournament MVP.
Michael Jordan has earned just about every award and honor in the history of the sport, some medals he had won are the NBA high scorer for five years in a row, and his points per game average is the highest in the history of the sport. He also became the second NBA player to score three thousand points in one season.
That wasn’t the end though he played on the All-NBA All-Star First Team and was chosen as MVP in 1988. Jordan has been named NBA MVP, NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and was the first NBA player to win the scoring and defensive titles in the same year!
Jordan’s career total was thirty-two point six points per game average, and that’s what puts Michael Jordan in with the greatest players of all time.
In 1992, the Chicago Bulls beat the Portland Trail Blazers to win their second NBA championship title. Chicago Bulls won the next year, dominating the other NBA’s teams. Michael Jordan lost his father, James Jordan, during a robbery. Later the suspects were caught and convicted of the crime.
Michael Jordan shocked the whole league when he decided to retire from basketball and play for a minor league baseball team known as the Birmingham Barons, as the outfielder for one year.
On March 1995 Jordan returned to the NBA and rejoined the Chicago Bulls. They won the championship against Seattle Sonics in 195-96 seasons. The same year Jordan was in the movie Space Jam with Loony Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
The following season Jordan averaged thirty point four points per game, and of course Michael Jordan started every eighty-two game in the season, he helped the team win seventy-two wins out of eighty-two.
The Chicago Bulls won the NBA Finals against the Utah Jazz, which will later verse in the 1998 championships and win for the second row against them. Jordan retired after the 1997-98 season but he didn’t leave sports for too long.
Jordan joined the Washington Wizards as an owner and a president of basketball operations, in 2001 Jordan released those roles and played two seasons as a player for Washington Wizards before giving up his jersey for good in 2003.
Jordan bought a share of the Charlotte Bobcats and that same year him and his wife Juanita Vanoy ended their marriage. They got divorced in the year 2006. They have three kids named Jeffrey, Marcus, and Jasmine Jordan.
Jeffrey has followed in his father’s footsteps and played basketball, Jordan and his ex-wife supported their son and tried to help him, but he wanted to do it by himself.
In April 2009, Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; even though his career was over he still was active in the sport because of his share with the Charlotte Bobcats.

In my opinion Michael Jordan will always be the best player in the league and will never be forgotten.

1 comment:

  1. That was a great PPOW! I liked the wording you used to help me understand how his life was. You had great detail and helped me understand Michael Jordan better. Good job Matt!


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