I. THESIS: The most important things that can be known about Michael Jordanís personal life are divided
into four sections: growing up, high school, college days and the pros.

A. Family Support

B. Personal Problems

A. Competition with his brother

B. Dedication to become a good player

A. Playing at UNC- "The championship season"

B. Joining the NBA

A. Playing in the NBA

B. His personality



Michael Jordan is said to be a "legend", not only heís the most famous and well paid athlete in the whole
history, but he is the best of the best. MJ has given fans across the world the biggest thrill of all time. He
has caught the attention of all kind of people, people look up to him and every teen ager who plays
basketball wants to be like Mike. There is nothing better than watching him do spectacular dunks or
making "in your face" shots. Everyone knows about Michaelís famous career as a basketball player, but
few of them know about his personal life. The most important things that can be known from Michael
Jordanís personal life are divided into four sections: Gowing Up, High School, College Days and The Pros.

Michael Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 17, 1963. He was still a little child when his
family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina. There he grew up along with his parents love and warmth.
Michael had very good parents, they taught him the importance of achieving goals and making your dreams
come true. Michael learned many different things from them, like the habit of sticking his tongue out when
he is playing basketball. He learned that from his dad, he used to stick his tongue out when he was doing
house work. Now, Jordan is famous for the way he dribbles and dunks the ball with his tongue hanging out.
Michael remembers his childhood, being a shy and insecure boy. He felt specially uncomfortable around
girls. Guys used to pick on him in front of the kids and make fun of his hair and the way he played with his
tongue hanging out. He felt more confortable at home with his brothers and sisters. Him and his brothers,
James Jr. and Larry, loved to play all kind !
of sports.

When he was seven or eight years old, him and his older brother played in a local league. Larry was the
basketball star, then he went on to be a star player at Laney High School in Wilmington. Michael, instead,
joined a little league. His best childhood memory is of the one-hitter he pitched when he was 12 years old.
He was voted the MVP after the game. He was so good he even won a scholarship to Mickey Owen
Baseball Camp. He became an all around athlete when he entered Junior High School.

Larry was the star player on the high school varsity basketball team. Michael felt very proud of his older
brother, but he also envied him. He wanted to be like his brother and he knew that the only way he could
achieve success was practice and determination. He also needed to grow taller to play on the High school
basketball team, instead of giving up, he worked hard on the game. Michaelís dad saw how serious he was
about basketball, so he constructed a court in the backyard. Michael spent so much time practicing on his
new court that he wore away the grass. He also played in the neighborhood games for at least two hours
everyday, and on saturday he would spend the whole day. He liked to play with the guys who were bigger
and better than him, because he says that it helped him improved in the game. Yet, no matter what how
hard he tried, he still couldnít beat his brother larry in a game of one-on-one. Michael entered his sophmore
year, and he still couldnít get into the hig!
h school varsity team, instead he played in the junior team (that didnít make him that happy). Even thou he
was a good basketball player, he still wanted to make himself like his brother. He began to practice more,
and it became an obssesion with him.

He began to cut