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".
(Jordan 23) Jordan favorite sport was baseball when he was a child, and he also played some basketball and football. His love for basketball began when his older brother Larry, continuously beat him in a one-on-one pick up game (Jordan 23). As with any challenge Jordan faced, this determined Michael to become a better player. Jordan played high school basketball for Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jordan was cut from the varsity team as a sophomore.
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.
His football coach, Frankie Walker, had a great influence on his life. Given James' problems at school, Walker agreed with Lebron's mother that he would move into his home with his family so that he would have a more stable environment, with good school results. Walker began teaching him to play basketball at age nine, training him for three years. He returned home 18 months after being separated from his mother, but given the economic problems, he had to return with Frankie Walker. As you can read Lebron James’ life had been difficult since he was born, he could choose any way that he want the good way or the bad way, he had the perfect excuse, that his family was not
The entire game of basketball was revolutionized during his career as well. Michael Jordan’s stats and achievements prove he is one of the greatest players in basketball history.
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 no other player that has accomplished as much as Jordan and will probably never see something like it again. Michael Jordan was born on February 17th, 1963 to father James and mother Delores Jordan (King, Jason). Although the Jordans put real emphasis on academics over athletics, they encouraged Michael to practice hard, set high but realistic goals, and keep his grades up after learning that he had athletic skills. Michael preferred baseball and football to basketball, but one he hit high school he decided to play professional basketball (Michael Jordan). As a 5’9” sophomore in high school in Wilmington, North Carolina, he tried out for his school’s basketball team but wasn’t good enough, neither tall enough, to make it.
James grew up in Akron, Ohio where he was born in December 30, 1984. He played high school basketball at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School, where he was highly promoted in the national media as a future NBA superstar. Life was often a struggle for LeBron, who moved from apartment to apartment in the less contributed neighborhoods of Akron. His mother Gloria, struggled to find steady work.
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.
Michael Jordan’s jersey is an iconic American artifact; Infact, while he proved to be one of the best basketball players in history, he has became a leader and showed many people to not give up and to stick with your goals. When Michael was in the tenth grade he got cut from his high school team and played junior varsity. He was very upset with the decision that the coach had made. He thought he was good enough to be a varsity player. Throughout the season on JV, Michael dominated.