oklyn, New York and was raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. He has two brothers, is married, and has three kids. He is considered by
many to be the greatest basketball player of all time (Kornbluth). My focus will be on his hardships,
accomplishments, and people who influenced him.
First, I would like to touch on some general information about Michael. He wears number 23 on
his jersey because he considered it to be half of his brother’s number, 45. He had wanted 45 because it was
his brother’s number and he deeply admired his brother, but he was on the same team as his brother so he
needed to pick a different number. His most well known superstition is that he wears his University of
North Carolina basketball shorts under his game shorts.
When Michael was a kid, his favorite sport was not basketball. In fact, it was baseball. He was a
pitcher on a little league team. He played baseball because he was short (Kornbluth). Later in his life, he
would try to leave the NBA and play major league baseball.
Michael was not always rich. His parents had to work two and three jobs each to support the family.
Before Michael’s dad built him a basketball court in his back yard Michael shot, basketballs into a trash can
Michael was not always good at basketball, either. People told Michael that he was too short to
play basketball. Michael now stands six feet six inches tall. He also went to the school gym before school
to shoot baskets, stayed after school to shoot baskets, and could be found in the school gym on weekends
shooting baskets. He also played his brother, Larry, one-on-one in basketball. His brother was only a year
older than Michael was, but he was much better and taller than Michael was. Michael would often times
lose and end up getting in a fight with his brother. This caused Michael to be extremely determined to
succeed at basketball (Kornbluth).
In his sophomore year of high school, he tried out for the Varsity team. He did not make it, so he was
placed on the Junior Varsity team. On the J.V. team, he averaged 28 points per game. He thought this
would get the attention of the Varsity team coach. It did. However, it was not in the way he hoped it
would. The assistant coach for the Varsity team was sick so they needed someone to hand out towels to the
players while on a playoff road trip. That is what Michael got to do (Kornbluth).
When he finally got on the Varsity team in his junior year, he still worked hard. He practiced with both the
Varsity and the Junior Varsity teams and continued to go to the school gym and work on his shooting
Michael’s hard work would attract many scouts from colleges (Kornbluth). He would go to the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In college, he was a very good player. In his junior year, the Tar Heels
went to the NCAA Championship game where he would hit a clutch game winning buzzer beater to win the
In 1984, Michael played for the United States Olympic basketball team. Michael was among the best
college players in the country and helped the team win the gold medal. Michael was also part of the 1992
United States Olympic basketball team. The team was composed of the best NBA players and was
nicknamed “The Dream Team.” This Olympic team also won the gold medal
Michael was drafted after his junior year in college and would be the third pick in the first round of the
1984 NBA Draft. He went to the Chicago Bulls, who at that time were a struggling team. With Michael on
their team, they started to win. Michael was the NBA’s rookie of the year in 1985. He would also be a
NBA all-star in his rookie year and a NBA all-star game starter in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992,
1993, and 1996. In 1988 Michael would win the first of four league MVP honors, the others being 1991,
1992, and 1996. He was named