Michael Jordan: The Early Years. Essay

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Michael Jordan: 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
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Mike wasn't expected to be a star of the Tar Heels, since they had players such as James Worthy, Sam Perkins, and Al Wood. By the end of the 1981-82 season,
Jordan, as a freshman, was an everyday starter. Carolina reached the Final Four with the help of Jordan, who had sixteen points and led the team with nine rebounds. In the final twenty seconds, Michael made a title winning shot from the left baseline. In Michael's sophomore and junior seasons, he was voted
College Basketball's Player of the Year. Through Michael's three years at
Carolina, he average 17.7 points per game, while maintaining a "B" average.

The Rookie Season.

After a great college career, Michael was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the third pick of the 1984-85 season. Michael quickly signed a $6.15 million contract. Michael made a huge impact in the National Basketball Association.
He made such an impact that he was selected to be an alternate on the Eastern
Division All-Star squad. During his rookie season with the Bulls, companies started picturing Jordan on posters and on television. Jordan led the Bulls to a 38 win and 44 loss season. Jordan averaged 28.2 points per game, while setting a team record with 2,313 points. He won the Schick Pivotal Player of the Year Award, Seagram's NBA Pivotal Player of the Year Award, and the honor of
Rookie of the year.

Michael and Endorsements.

With Michael's growing success in the NBA, more and more companies
wanted
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