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


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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 the NBA draft. Mike was 3rd pick behind
Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston) and Sam Bowie (Portland) (GreatsoftheGame.com)
MJ of course, was drafted by the Chicago