Having a impact on the world like Jordan does isn’t as easy as it sounds or looks, Jordan has his family life, and basketball life to worry about too. When Jordan was just 19, he started his college career at the University of North Carolina (biography.com). Even as a college basketball player he was named college basketball player of the year in 1983 and 1984 (Deegan, 5). Bobby Knight, one of the country’s most successful college coaches called Jordan the best basketball player he had ever seen (Biography.com). Jordan was a star in baseball as kid and was never part of varsity basketball team until his junior year.
There is a lot of talk about who is the greatest basketball player to ever set foot on a court. Born December 30, 1984, LeBron James is often in the mix of this conversation. Like most successful people today, LeBron had it rough growing having to move from apartment to apartment. His father Anthony McClelland, an ex-con, did not step up to the plate of fatherhood, leaving his mother Gloria James to raise him on her own. 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.
Robert Montgomery "Bobby" Knight (born October 25, 1940 in Massillon, Ohio) is the head men's basketball coach at Texas Tech University. He previously held the same position at Indiana University and the United States Military Academy. Knight is one of NCAA Division I college basketball's most controversial coaches but is the third all-time winningest coach in the men's division, behind Dean Smith and Adolph Rupp. With only 10 wins separating him and all-time leader Dean Smith, Knight will probably break the all-time record next season. Bob Knight began his coaching career at Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) High School where he was at for one year, then accepted an assistant coaching position at Army in 1963.
Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway is a gifted guard whose shooting, passing and athletic abilities earned him a spot on the All-NBA First Team and who helped the Magic reach the NBA Finals in 1995, only his second season in the league. The 6-7 Hardaway combines height, ballhandling and an accurate outside stroke into an exciting all-around game, although his scoring tailed off in his final two seasons with Orlando and he was traded to Phoenix prior to the 1999-2000 season. A native of Memphis, Tennessee Hardaway always seemed destined for roundball success. He was Parade magazine's National High School Player of the Year in 1990, when as a prep senior he averaged 36.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 3.3 steals, and 2.8 blocks. He chose to attend nearby Memphis State (now the University of Memphis) but had to sit out 1990-91 in order to become academically eligible.
Jordan finished his rookie season as one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 28.2 points a game, was named ... ... middle of paper ... ...ry 4, 2002 against his former team, the Chicago Bulls. Unfortunately, Jordan was never able to lead his Wizards into the postseason as a player. He retired for a third and final time after playing his final game on April 16th, 2003. There's no question that Michael Jordan is the greatest player to ever play the game. He has single-handedly redefined basketball.
God used each event to shape me into the young man i am today. My 8th grade year in middle school I attended FairPlay middle. I was the starting point guard, co captain averaged 10 points a game 3 assist and 2 steals. I was very confident about playing high school basketball for Alexander High school. that summer, summer of 2010 my dad lost his job and I was cut from a team I didn 't even try out for.
There were all of these specials on the sports channels and the news so I had to find out what all the commotion was about. This is why I chose Michael Jordan to be the topic of my research paper. I hoped to find out how he became to be considered the greatest basketball player to ever play the game. I learned about a lot about Michael during the first week of my search since he was getting so much attention from the media at the time. When Michael Jordan was attending Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina nobody thought that he would ever turn out to be the player he is today let alone make it to the NBA.
The Tragedy of Commercialism in College Sports Over the past 25 years, ESPN has become the master when it comes to marketing college basketball. They're the professionals of this amateur game. Earlier this spring ESPN and its spinoffs ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Classic aired a record 97 conference tournament men's basketball games over an eight day period, including 16 games broadcast from 10 different locations on March 12 (Hiestand). For fans of the sport ESPN has become a college hoops haven. CBS may garner the most attention for its $6 billion 11-year contract, which gives the network exclusive broadcasting rights for the season-ending men's NCAA tournament, but it is ESPN, which is responsible for the game's dramatic rise in popularity.
Which leaves me thinking, why don’t they have the right to jump straight into the pros? The NBA committee argues that players who attend college for at least a year become more responsible. Texas Tech coach Bob Knight disagrees, “[This is] the worst thing to happen to college basketball since I’ve been coaching.” He thinks players who are forced to attend college for one year will not take it serious. Meaning, now you have a college athlete playing basketball for a year without having to go to class. They become the big men o... ... middle of paper ... ...letes drafted out of high school.
As a freshman Jordan scored the game winning basket at NCAA championship game against Georgetown Hoyas(Jordan23). Jordan was selected as the college player of the year in the 1983-84 season, and led the US Men’s Basketball Team to an Olympic Gold Medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics under coach Bobby Knight. Jordan left college and entered the NBA in 1984, he was selected at the number 3 pick by the Chicago Bulls. Jordan played in the 1992 Summer Olympic Dream Team, perhaps one of the best teams ev... ... middle of paper ... ...a six-time Finals MVP, and houses six NBA championships. This time Michael Jordan left the game of basketball on his own terms.