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THE EVOLUTION OF MICHAEL JORDAN

You know who that is, but do you ever wonder how you came to know?

Who IS Michael Jordan?

The simple answer is that Michael Jordan was a basketball player who became a star. He went from being a star to being a NBA superstar. When people believed he could go no higher, he transcended sports altogether and became a international icon. To many, he was simply GOAT, the Greatest Of All Time.

Michael Jordan was basketball, and basketball was Michael Jordan. At one point during the peak of his career, Michael Jordan became an international celebrity. He filled stadiums where ever he went. Children from remote villages in China went to sleep with Michael Jordan’s poster on their walls. And every kid on a playground trying to dunk a basketball pretended to be like Mike.

So how did he become the Michael Jordan that we all know today?

Now that’s the question I want to answer.

It may come as a surprise, but Michael Jordan was not always destined to become a NBA player, much less the greatest NBA player of all time. He didn’t come from an athletic family. His dad was a mechanic and mom a bank teller. And no one else in his family was over 6 feet tall. Genetically at least, the odds were stacked against him.

Michael was not a basketball prodigy either. To most people who knew him growing up, Michael was just a goofy kid who liked to play basketball. He wasn’t the most popular kid at school and the older boys often made fun of Michael for sticking out his tongue during ball games. In fact, Michael Jordan learned how to iron his own clothes because he thought he would never get a girlfriend!

And yet somehow, that goofy kid with the wagging tongue made his dreams come true…

To truly answer the question of how Michael Jordan became Michael Jordan, we have to go back the past, and watch him evolve in front of our eyes.

We have to watch how the young boy with a nose for trouble evolved into a young man with a fierce competitive streak,

and how that young man with a passion for basketball evolved into a budding college star,

and how the college star who learned to fly evolved into a NBA scoring champion,

and how that NBA scoring champion with something to prove evolved into a NBA legend.

They say that evolution is the survival of the fittest, where the weak ones die out leaving only the strong. Michael Jordan took that same approach with himself. Any time he found a weakness in himself, he worked at it until it became a strength.

His life is composed of a series of obstacles, each of which he turned into an evolutionary step. With each step he discarded another weakness, and picked up another strength, eventually becoming the Michael Jordan that we all know. His life is a story of challenge, of struggle, and of ultimate triumph. We should learn all we can from this incredible story.

And now here I am, attempting to tell this incredible journey like it has never been told before. And we start, from the very beginning.

THE EVOLUTION OF MICHAEL JORDAN

From New York to Laney

From a Tar Heel to a Bull

From a rookie to a contender

1984-1985

1985-1986

1986-1987

1987-1988

From a contender to a champion

1988-1989

1989-1990

Chapter 42: The Phil Jackson era

From a champion to a legend

Chapter : First NBA championship

Chapter : The three-peat

Chapter : 1992 Olympic games

Chapter : Michael and his gambling

Chapter : The murder of his father and his retirement

Chapter : Michael plays baseball

and much more!

Any questions? Comments? Suggestions? Please let me know! Feedback is always encouraged.

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  1. February 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    michael jordan is alegend

    • March 4, 2010 at 4:38 am

      He was The Greatest Of All Time.

      Thanks for the comment

  2. February 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    love michael jordan

  3. myson
    September 25, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Great summaries, extremely well documented. He’s the goat. What about the next chapters?

    • September 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

      Thanks for visiting. Well I’m taking a break from it to focus more on work. But I will get back to it at one point.

  4. nimi
    October 12, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Well done! i’m from greece anf i’m waiting for the next chapter!!!

    • October 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Thanks! Not sure when it will come out but hopefully soon!

  5. AZAEL ROGELIO MORENO GAMEZ
    February 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    and the 43?? come on man!!!

  6. Torrey
    September 19, 2011 at 3:00 am

    Would you have any information and/or stats for when he played for the ACB in Spain circa.1990??

    • September 19, 2011 at 9:19 am

      I don’t at this moment, but I will try to get it and add it to the site. Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. Juan Martin
    November 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    When the rest is coming? i Was enjoying it so much!

    • November 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      I’m really not sure. I’ve been busy with work so can’t devote as much time as I had to it. I’ll try to get back to it at some point. Glad you’ve enjoyed it so far!

  8. Steven
    January 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Can you please try an finish the rest of these? Really good stuff!

    • January 16, 2012 at 2:01 am

      Thanks. I haven’t been posting for a while but I do plan on getting back to it. Hopefully soon!

  9. May 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Any basketball fan would appreciate this. Thanks for putting it all together. We’re sneakerheads and basketball fans… good read!

    • May 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks a lot. Please share it with other MJ fans out there.

  10. Z Low
    November 13, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Great work ! Thoroughly enjoyed reading so far.

  1. February 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

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