Full Name: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Birthday: February 17, 1963
Birthplace: Brooklyn NY (raised in Wilmington, NC)
College: North Carolina Tarheels
First NBA draft: Chicago Bulls in 1984
Nickname: Air Jordan
Weight: 215 lbs
It was really hard to guess who the greatest athlete of all time was… until Michael Jordan came along. In no other sport has an athlete dominated the game with such grace and humility. Michael was not just a fast, smart and powerful basketball player, but he separated himself from everyone else by being creative and improvising the way basketball was played. Michael made the impossible… possible.
Michael’s favorite sport was actually baseball because his dad James loved it so much. It was his brother Larry that got Mike to jump into basketball. But Michael was a late bloomer around the hoops. He was even cut by his high school team in his sophomore year.
Michael's March Madness
The North Carolina Tarheels is the team where Michael must have found his all-star abilities. That's where Michael played college basketball. Even though Michael wasn’t considered the best on the team, he got to take the last shot in the NCAA Championship game (the March Madness tournament) vs Georgetown. The Tarheels were down 1 point at the very end of the game and Michael got the ball... so if Michael hit the shot they would win, but miss they would lose… Nothing but Net! Michael made the biggest jump shot of his life and was headed to the NBA as a confident potential superstar.
Greatest Moments of Michael Jordan (ESPN 02/17/2009)
Chicago Bulls' Bonanza
Michael was drafted by the Chicago Bulls not first... not even second, but as the 3rd pick. He could have been a Houston Rocket or a Portland Trailblazer, but those two teams decided to choose different players. Wow... what luck for Chicago!!! The Bulls became a dynasty team for the very first time with Head Coach Phil Jackson, and key players like Scottie Pippen and later Denis Rodman.
Becoming the Best
It wasn’t easy for Michael to become the best. Even though his numbers were incredible leading the league in scoring, rebounding, assists, and steals, Michael had a difficult time in his first years trying to win a championship. It wasn’t until the 1990s where Michael would 3-peat once and then 3-peat again!
Michael actually took a couple of years off basketball in 1994-95 to play baseball. His dad had been murdered in an armed robbery, so Michael wanted to play the game that his dad cherished so much. Even though he got to play some games for the Chicago White Sox, Michael soon quit and went back to basketball
Air Jordan Icon
Everyone knows it… the bald headed figure soaring through the sky with a basketball… Michael’s Air Jordan trademark has become a legacy. It all started when Michael won back-to-back slam dunk contests and the photograph’s became posters in almost every kid’s bedroom
With his tongue sticking out in every flight, Michael’s image was epic. He revolutionized the fashion of basketball by wearing his black and red Air Jordan sneakers that were against the NBA dress code. He paid the fines with his pocket change from Nike’s endorsements and even now 10 years after his retirement, he is still one of the top 50 highest paid athlete’s in the world.
Michael the Master
Even though Michael had a tough time retiring basketball, he can’t be touched in the way he mastered basketball. He ended his career unsuccessfully with the Washington Wizards in 2002, but even that season showed how much he loved the game… and that is really what it is all about.
”There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don't believe there is only one greatest player either. Everyone plays in different eras. I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else's talent. I believe greatness is an evolutionary process that changes and evolves era to era. Without Julius Erving, David Thompson, Walter Davis, and Elgin Baylor there would never have been a Michael Jordan. I evolved from them.“
Michael Jordan Info:
- NBA Rookie of the Year 1985
- 6 NBA Championship Rings
- 5 NBA MVPs
- Defensive Player of the yeat 1988
- 3-time All Star MVP
- 2 Olympic Gold Medals
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January 16, 2014 / Brooklyn news / Music
Jordan Michael Iannucci will write term papers if high school kids come to his DIY punk concerts
Schoolhouse rocker offers to do teens’ homework if they’ll come to shows
By Danielle Furfaro
The Brooklyn Paper
An underground concert promoter is offering to do high school kids’ homework if they come to his shows.
Jordan Michael Iannucci has been booking indie acts at venues such as the Silent Barn, Death By Audio, and Shea Stadium since he was a teen himself and made the offer in hopes of enticing a younger crowd to his all-ages events.
“This job becomes more interesting to me when I’m doing more than just throwing parties for drunk 23-year-olds,” said Iannucci, who also used to write for Showpaper, a bi-weekly listing of do-it-yourself music events. “I like the idea of helping an obnoxious and embarrassing kid get through an obnoxious and embarrassing part of his life.”
Ianucci put a few conditions on the offer. Students must text him with their assignments by the end of the school day; there is no guarantee he will do a perfect, or even competent job; and takers must promise to not sneak alcohol into the show or arrive drunk. The altruistic anti-authoritarian said he would even consider writing someone’s term paper in exchange for the guarantee of a youngster’s presence at several shows.
Doing the kids’ homework is only part of the package. Iannucci hopes the homework will get the kids in the door so that he can school them about topics that he considers more important than algebra and chemistry, such as how to enjoy music and art without getting wasted.
“It’s really important, when kids do start going to shows, that they get the right things out of it and not the bad things,” said Iannucci. “I think alcohol is a s----- thing that makes people’s lives worse.”
His preaching may be preemptive, though, because so far he has not had any takers. He took one girl up on her request for help convincing her parents to let her travel to Bushwick alone at night to see shows, but they were un-swayed.
A couple of college students asked for help with their take-home tasks, but he refused because he is against college.
“They are volunteering to do more homework and even taking loans out to do it,” he said about college kids. “High school is the last time you’re forced to do homework and be around people who have nothing to do with you.”
The punk rocker’s proffer of plagiarism might not sit well with most teachers, but an old mentor of his says the effort is admirable.
“It’s a heck of a way to get kids’ attention,” said Marc Gawron, Iannucci’s high school economics teacher. “If that doesn’t spark interest in a kid, what kind of kid is that?”
Posted 12:00 am, January 16, 2014
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