Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn New York and grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Michael was an all around athlete while in middle school and excelled at baseball, basketball, and football. But his favorite sport was baseball. It was through endless games of one-on-one basketball against his older brother Larry that Michael developed his competitiveness, and his love for basketball.
In high school Michael joined the JV basketball team at Laney high school. During Michael’s sophomore year, the varsity team needed additional players for an upcoming tournament, and held a tryout. Michael tried out but was not chosen due to his lack in size. Michael was extremely hurt by this experience and vowed to never let it happen again. The next year Michael grew 6 inches and began to dominate his opponents.
Michael caught the eye of Roy Williams, then the assistant of coach Dean Smith of North Carolina and invited Michael to a camp for promising high school players. Coach Smith liked Jordan immediately and recruited him for North Carolina. Michael went on to start his freshman year, and hit the gaming winning shot of the 1982 NCAA championship game. He calls that the turning point of his entire career.
After North Carolina Michael Jordan played 15 seasons in the NBA, 13 years for the Chicago Bulls from 1984 to 1998, and then 2 seasons for the Washington Wizards from 2001 to 2003. In those 15 years, Michael Jordan achieved these accomplishments.
Rookie of the year (1985)
6 NBA Championships (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
5 regular season MVP (1988, 1991-1992, 1996, 1998)
1 NBA defensive player of the year (1988)
6 NBA finals MVP (1991-1993, 1996-1998)
30.1 career scoring average (#1 all time)
10 NBA scoring titles (1987-1993, 1996-1998)
866 consecutive games with 10 or more points (that’s more than 10 straight seasons)
172 games with 40 or more points
39 games with 50 or more points
14 all-star games
3 all-star game MVP
2 Slam dunk contest championships
#1 out of 50 greatest players in NBA history.
Now just imagine if he didn’t take those years off to play baseball… Incredible.