Jordan is an inspiration to most people because he was cut from his varsity basketball team his sophomore year but that didn't stop him. Instead of Jordan making varsity his good friend Leroy Smith made the varsity basketball team. Being cut was the hardest thing for Jordan to take. With a new found motivation he worked really hard and became a starting junior varsity star. From his spontaneous sophomore year and the summer before his junior year he grew to be 6'3".
His mother Gloria, struggled to find steady work. Realizing his talents and love for basketball, she figured he would be better off with a more stable family environment. Gloria allowed LeBron to move in with the family of Frank Walker, a local youth football coach, who introduced LeBron to basketball when LeBron was nine years old. In his freshman year, James averaged 21 points and 6 rebounds per game for St. Vincent-St. Mary's varsity team. That’s right a freshman averaging those numbers for a varsity team.
Maybe he should... ... middle of paper ... .... “This is his fourth year in college basketball, he is absolutely a leader on this team. He understands how things go,” Egwu said. “We look forward to have him teach us new things. He is a huge part of the team.” Though college basketball consumes Rice’s life now, he cannot help but look ahead down the road. “I am not really sure where I’ll be in a few years from now, I hope I am playing somewhere professionally, but we will see,” Rice said.
When LeBron was just a sobbing baby she bought him a miniature goal, not knowing she was creating one of the best ball players of all time. LeBron did not make many friends when he started school because he was ashamed of his life at home. Getting his schoolwork was difficult for him so he turned to sports; he preferred basketball and football the most. On the court he liked going in the paint, and passing the ball to his teammates the most. He also took enjoyment in commencing jumpers, something he started in fourth grade that has elevated to his signature move in the NBA.
This was a huge disappointment to Michael and he greatly considered giving up on basketball completely. Thanks to his parents, Michael continued on with basketball and it fueled him to work even harder and strive to get better. Between his sophomore and junior year, Michael grew from 5 foot eleven, to 6 foot 3. As an upperclassman at Laney High, Jordan continued to strive to get better and work as hard as he could. Jordan’s hard work paid off a little bit when he earned an invite to a five star basketball camp in Pittsburgh, where only the best basketball players in the nation are invited to.
Every time his father “Jellybean Joe” had a game, Kobe would attend and tried not to miss a game. Instantly, Kobe would challenge himself by studying his father’s moves, and imitate the moves he had studied. Kobe’s grandparents encouraged his dreams about playing basketball and would mail him NBA games and Kobe would study the tapes as well (“JockBio: Kobe Bryant Biography”). During his high school year, Kobe joined his school’s basketball team and led his team to the championship. Because of his authentic skills and keeping up with his grades, he was able to come out of high school and prepare for the NBA Draft.
However, the basketball coach at his high school noticed Robinson and added him to the team without ever testing him. Robinson soon earned all-area and all-district honors, but not the attention of any college basketball coaches. But this did not matter to him, as basketball was not his first priority. Getting an education and becoming a student in the United States Naval Academy were his main concerns. After scoring a 1320 on the SAT, his goal of joining the Naval Academy was soon accomplished (Lewis, 16).
In his junior year, he averaged 20.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. His success continued in his senior year in which he was averaging 27 points and 11 rebounds per game, but due to his poor grades, he was only recruited by three college basketball programs. Wade chose to attend Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Although he was not entitled to play because of low academic scores, head coach Tom Crean took him. That meant that he had to sit out the 2000-01 season, but he was still allowed to attend school and practice with the team.
Jordan played basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Ironically, he was cut from the varsity team his sophmore year. Instead of giving up after not making the team, Jordan used it to encourage himself to do better, spending hours on the basketball court. He said that whenever he was working out and got tired, and he figured he should stop, he would just picture the list in the locker room without his name on it, and that was enough to get him going again. Jordan eventually made the team, and led them to the state championship.
Although Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, he grew up in North Carolina. In his first years of life he already stood out for his athletic ability and began to surprise teachers, friends and neighbors. During his stage of schooling he proved his talent in football and baseball, but it was through basketball that he projected himself best; for that reason his father built him his own domestic court so that he could develop his enormous potential. Soon all of Michael's acquaintances recognized him as a future basketball star; However, his academic team considered him somewhat delayed in his growth because he barely measured 1.80 meters. Then with the Laney High quintet, he became a leader in several offensive and defensive departments, with which he was selected by the McDonald's All-American Team.