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Michael Jordan, A Global Legend. Part I

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The famous NBA player Michael Jordan appears as though he can actually take flight. Because of his legendary basket shots he earned the nickname "Air" Jordan. Millions and millions of fans are emulating him; Michael Jordan is way beyond normal sport of basketball and he becomes one of the 20th century's greatest global icons.

The forces that shaped Michael's amazing talent and skill began at an early age. Michael Jordan was born into a low to middle-class black family in Brooklyn, New York. He and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina in the same year and they started a new life. The Jordan family was extremely disciplined. Michael Jordan learned at an early age to abide by his parents' rules and respect them. His mother and his father (Deloris and James Jordan), taught their children to work hard, to focus on their goals, to never give up and not waste their talent. Michael's father served in military and he was a man with a strong sense of order, and he pushed his sons hard toward sport, especially toward athletics. Michael's parents were continually asking more and more for their children, letting them know that more was expected from them.

The relationship between Michael Jordan and his older brother, Larry Jordan, was a key force in his early years. Larry Jordan was also an amazing athlete. He had the same strength, athletic ability and ambition as Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, Larry didn't have the build and that special "spark" to excel in sports. Michael Jordan used to compete ferociously just to win against his older brother when the two of them played against each other. And they used to play against each other a lot. Every day, the Jordan basket field saw some kind of athletic combat between Larry and Michael. At the beginning, Larry was clearly dominating his younger brother. Still, these pushed Michael's determination to catch-up and finally win - and, one day he did. We have the statement of David Hart, a North Carolina team manager: "Michael really loved Larry and talked about him all the time-he really revered him. But if Michael had gone far beyond Larry as an athlete, he never let it affect his feelings for his brother-his emotional connection and his respect for his brother were very strong. When his brother was around, he dropped all his mounting fame and his accomplishments and became nothing more than a loving, adoring younger brother."

Michael Jordan showed the first signs of his athletic ability in baseball. He was able to pitch well for a "Wilmington Little", a small League team. Even if basketball was his true love from an early age, his small stature made the sport looks like a far away dream. Like his brother Larry, Michael Jordan was a bit too short and even a bit too skinny when he was young. However, as we are going to see on the second part of this article, Michael Jordan was able to overcome all the difficulties and succeed as the greatest basketball player that the world has ever known.

by FW Editor

Tags: legend, basketplayer, career

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 16 February '10

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