Michael Jordan

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The early years.

Michael Jordan was one of five children born to James and Delores

Jordan. He was born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn. The Jordans' felt that

the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a young family of five

children. Instead of trying to endure the streets of Brooklyn, the Jordan

family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. James got a job in

Wilmington as a mechanic and Delores got a job as a teller at United

Carolina Bank. The Jordan's always stressed the value of manners to their

children. The above examples typified Michael Jordan's early years.

Michael's first love.

Michael always had an eye for baseball. He played as an outfielder and

as a pitcher. When he was twelve, he was the top player in his league.

Michael had his picture placed in the Morning Star, which is Wilmington's

newspaper. By the age of fifteen, he wasn't the star in baseball he once

was. He was still very good, but he had lost some of his focus. Later, in his

high school career, he dropped baseball to pursue another interest.

Basketball and Michael.

When Michael was younger he adopted the game of basketball. Mike

used to work with his father in the garage. While working with his father,

Michael picked up the habit of sticking his tongue out in an intense

situation. When Michael reached the ninth grade, he tried out for

basketball. Coach Lynch, Michael's coach, cut Michael which in turn may

have made the best player alive today. Michael then took practicing

basketball to another level. He played his brother Larry whenever he

could. Michael never expected what would come in the near future.

The College Years.

Michael Jordan went to the University of North Carolina as a basketball

recruit. Even though Jordan at...