The Jordan family outside their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Michael Jordan at Laney High School
Jordan getting a scholarship to UNC
Hey Mike! Come play for us at UNC!
Michael Jordan was born on February 17th, 1963. He was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina by Deloris and James Jordan. He grew up with a small home alongside his siblings, Larry, Roslyn, Deloris, and James Jr. Like his father he loved sports and looked up to him.
Jordan playing for the Chicago Bulls
Michael would attend Laney High School, where all his dreams would begin. He would tryout for the Varsity basketball team as a freshman, but fail, so he played on their JV team and flourish, tallying many 40 point games for them. He would then play varsity in his junior and senior years. He averaged a triple double, and became a McDonald’s All American player, which drew a lot of attention to college coaches.
Jordan playing on the Chicago Whitesox minor league team after the tragic death of his father
Dean Smith, coach of University Of North Carolina, loved Jordan’s game. UNC would offer a scholarship to Jordan to attend and play for their team. There, Jordan would take off as a great basketball player. He would spend 3 years there, averaging about 17 points per game. He declared for the 1984 NBA draft where he was taken by the Chicago Bulls with the third pick
Jordan in the Basketball Hall Of Fame
Man, what a career for the greatest player of all time.
Jordan would have a marvelous rookie season, averaging 28.2 points per game and would eventually win the rookie of the year. Jordan would eventually build a Chicago Bulls dynasty from 1991 to 1998 alongside NBA hall of famers Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen
Nobody can guard me on the Bulls!
Unfortunately, tragedy struck for Michael Jordan. James Jordan, his father was murdered on July 23,1993 in Lumberton, North Carolina. Jordan would decide to retire from the game of basketball for 2 years and eventually come back. In those two years, he played minor league baseball for the Chicago White Sox.
Jordan would officially retire from the NBA in 2003 as a Washington Wizard. Seen as the greatest basketball player of all time by many fans, Jordan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame in 2008. He finished his career with 6 championships and 5 MVPs.