Chapter 6: The birth of Air Jordan
Hitting the game winning shot in the 1982 championship game had a profound effect on Michael. He now believed he could accomplish anything in his basketball career. Michael continued to elevate his game with his amazing athletic skills, becoming well known for his high flying acrobatics and powerful slam dunks.
Here is a 1983 game vs. Georgia Tech where Michael scores 39 point and dazzles the crowd with his gorgeous moves.
Here is a well made highlight reel of Michael as a Tar Heel.
Air Jordan was slowly coming into being. He had gone from an unknown in high school to a college basketball star in just a few short years. Much of the credit goes to Michael and the amount of hard work he put into his game. But a lot of credit must also be given to coach Dean Smith. Here is a clip of Michael’s ex coaches and teammates talking about Michael’s growth during those years at UNC.
Now that Michael had become one of the best players in college, he was ready for a bigger stage. And in 1982 Michael Jordan had earned a spot on the Pan American Games basketball team.