Michael Jordan: A Biography (Greenwood Biographies)
David L. Porter
With the possible exceptions of boxer Muhammad Ali and baseball player Babe Ruth, no athlete has made a greater impact on American society-or in the world-than Michael Jordan. Follow the life of one of the most recognizable athletes and living brands inside this engaging and balanced biography.
He is among the best-known and wealthiest athletes in the history of organized sports. With the possible exceptions of boxer Muhammad Ali and baseball player Babe Ruth, no athlete has made a greater impact on American society-or in the world-than Michael Jordan. Follow the life of one of the most recognizable athletes and living brands inside this engaging and balanced biography.
When basketball stars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson retired in the early 1990s, Michael almost single-handedly propelled the NBA to stratospheric levels of success and international visibility. As a player for the Chicago Bulls, he generated instant crowd thrills with his record-setting drives and dunks, selling countless books, newspapers, videotapes, NBA game tickets, and hours of television time. The NBA promoted Michael, basing its popularity on his image as the greatest showman in sports history. Yet his sports hero status extends beyond NBA records. Michael changed the game by becoming the most effectively marketed athlete of his generation. Nike and many other companies rode-and continue to ride-on the coattails of Air Jordan's legend. Author David Porter highlights Jordan's on and off the court accomplishments and examines his relationship with Chicago Bulls' coaches, his commercial endorsements, and his current role as part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. A chronology, photos, career stats, and a bibliography of print and electronic resources round out this biography of one of the most influential athletes of the twentieth century.
Doherty converted one foul shot, giving the Tar Heels a 45–43 lead. After North Carolina regained possession, Doherty sank two more free throws with three seconds remaining. Sampson’s meaningless dunk at the buzzer produced the 47–45 final score. James Madison University nearly upset the Tar Heels in the second round of the NCAA East regionals at Charlotte. Worthy scored North Carolina’s last five points, giving the Tar Heels a narrow 52–50 victory. North Carolina spread the court late in the
known in Chicago sport annals as “The Shot.” Jordan tallied 44 points in the series finale. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, Jordan performed spectacularly against the heavily favored New York Knicks. Chicago, fueled by the emergence of Pippen and Grant, upset New York, 120–109, in overtime in Game 1 on May 9 at Madison Square Garden and took a 3–1 series advantage with 111–88 and 106–93 victories in Games 3 and 4, respectively, on May 13 and 14 at Chicago Stadium. After recording six
by intermission, but Chicago triumphed, 96–86. Two nights later, the host Bulls outscored New Jersey, 30–10, in the third quarter to prevail 88–72. After winning a crucial game at Indiana, Chicago defeated Vancouver and withstood a furious comeback by Toronto. Jordan netted 30 points in a 104–87 romp at Milwaukee on March 29. Victories followed over Minnesota, Houston, and Washington. Jordan recorded 41 points against Minnesota on April 3 and 40 points against Houston on April 5, the second time
all, 17 of Jordan’s 23 points came after intermission. On February 5, he held Vince Carter to four final-quarter points in a 99–94 triumph over Toronto. The Wizards truly played as a team in turning back the Sacramento Kings, 108–101, on February 7. Washington not only had won 23 of its last 34 games, but Jordan was one of just three NBA players averaging more than 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists that season. Collins wanted Jordan to skip the All-Star Game on February 10 at Philadelphia to
the third quarter. Jordan did not convert his first basket until the fourth quarter and netted three consecutive jumpers in the final four minutes, but he missed two shots in the waning moments. He wore a synthetic blue legging against Los Angeles to keep his knee warm and prevent stiffness. Los Angeles limited him to a career-low two points scored by a 21-foot second-quarter jumper during a career-low 12 minutes of playing time. Jordan sat out the entire second half of the shellacking so as not