His life

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 High

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.

  1. August 12, 2011 at 8:44 pm | #1

    Amazing work!

  2. Hope Jordan
    February 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm | #3

    GREAT INSPIRATION FOR MY SON THAT IS LEARNING THAT DREAMS DON’T JUST HAPPEN AND THAT YOU AREN’T BORN WITH FAME. THE TRUTH IS KIDS NEED TO REALIZE THAT ITS NOT THE OUTCOME THAT MAKES OUR DREAMS COME TRUE ITS THE JOURNEY .
    GOD BLESS

    • February 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm | #4

      Thanks so much for the comment. I agree wholeheartedly.

  3. Aaron Marner
    March 18, 2012 at 9:35 pm | #5

    I just spent 2 hours reading this and watching the videos. Totally worth it.

  4. April 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm | #7

    Hi my name is Alexandra my friends call me alex for shorte I think you are the coolest basketball player ever when I grow up I want to be just like you NBA all star I dribble all day left and right I run really fast is there any tips you can give me to become like you I am in 6th grade and I want you help!!!!!!!!! : )

    • April 4, 2012 at 11:47 am | #8

      Hi Alexandra. I’m really glad that you are such a big fan of Michael Jordan. I am too as you can see by my blog. I think the best tips I can give you are lessons taken from the life of Michael Jordan, which is to always challenge yourself to do something you or someone else thinks you can’t. Don’t let fear stop you from going after your dreams.

  5. April 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm | #9

    Wow! this is great!

  6. July 2, 2012 at 4:57 am | #10

    when are the other chapter oin out?

    • September 4, 2012 at 11:33 am | #11

      I would love to have the time to write more, but currently it’s still a work in progress.

  7. ?
    September 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm | #12

    *Clap* *Clap* *Clap* ….Thumbs up!

  8. Lloydie
    December 28, 2012 at 5:34 am | #13

    Great work, but I would love to read/watch the next chapters..
    Anyways, this is a very good work, i have seen here photos and videos i had never seen before.

  9. September 17, 2013 at 1:49 am | #14

    VERY NICE NAME MICHEAL JORDAN IWILL BE GREAT TO BASKETBALL IWILL BE GILAS PILIPINAS TEAM GILAS PILIPINAS PUSO FROM:::::::: {MARK PINGRIS}
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  10. Aaron Lee Cardenas
    October 1, 2013 at 5:01 pm | #15

    nice work i made a biography out of this for my speech class and told them about your source thanks man.

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