Michael Jordan: The Life
These are two huge lives, and I wrote more than 1100 pages about the two men. Jordan's family life had a huge impact on him and on the Bulls, especially after the murder of his father and the publication of his sister's book. I wish I hadn't had to write about those dark things. I wish they hadn't happened.
Michael Jordan: The Life
I am under contract to write a book about him, but I'm not going to do it. It is too hard writing these books, it takes up too much of my life. I've just finished spending almost three years on my Magic Johnson book. In many ways, I've been a ghost in my own life due to my work.
I am a happy person by nature. Always have been. It's a gift from God. I've always done pretty much what I wanted to do, but I've always been blessed and immensely lucky in my life, from my gorgeous, wonderful wife of 46 years to my children and grandchildren. So I don't offer advice about happiness, just as I don't offer advice about marriage. So often, it can be a matter of blind luck. However, I do know people who are amazingly fortunate and lucky who are not happy. I guess I'm always very appreciative of every little thing in my life. So many blessings.
On October 6, 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, saying that he lost his desire to play basketball. Jordan later said that the murder of his father three months earlier helped shape his decision. James R. Jordan Sr. was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by two teenagers, Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery, who carjacked his Lexus bearing the license plate "UNC 0023". His body, dumped in a South Carolina swamp, was not discovered until August 3. Green and Demery were found after they made calls on James Jordan's cell phone, convicted at a trial, and sentenced to life in prison.
Jordan granted rapper Travis Scott permission to film a music video for his single "Franchise" at his home in Highland Park, Illinois. Jordan appeared in the 2022 miniseries The Captain, which follows the life and career of Derek Jeter.
Michael Jordan saved my life once. It was during the 1995 playoffs, Chicago vs. Charlotte, after a practice at the arena in Charlotte. He was walking out of the building with a group of reporters following. Walking backwards, I was leading the pack, with my tape recorder in his face, interviewing as we walked. I was a foot from walking off the loading dock at the back of the arena, about a 10 foot fall onto concrete, when he reached out and grabbed my arm to stop me from going over the edge.
I've written a new biography, Michael Jordan, The Life, set to be released by Little, Brown on May 6, 2014. His is a very big life, and the book was an immense challenge to write but oh so fascinating, as was the Jerry West bio I wrote in 2010 for ESPN Books/Random House.
I've written a book that builds his life from that background. Starting at the beginning, with the birth of his great grandfather Dawson Jordan, allows me to take the reader through the process of his family, his background, and the nurturing of his vast competitive nature. What's more, it's immensely fun to track his rise. I enjoyed writing about the sharecroppers on North Carolina's Coastal Plain, just as I enjoyed writing about the coal miners and frontier settlers in Jerry West's background in West Virginia.
Michael Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York, one of James and Deloris Jordan's five children. The family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when Michael was very young. His father worked as a General Electric plant supervisor, and his mother worked at a bank. His father taught him to work hard and not to be tempted by street life. His mother taught him to sew, clean, and do laundry. Jordan loved sports but failed to make his high school basketball team as a sophomore. He continued to practice and made the team the next year. After high school he accepted a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he played under head coach Dean Smith.
by Lazenby, Roland (Author) Print Book Saved in: Availability Loading... Summary Traces the life of one of the most legendary basketball players in the history of the sport, drawing upon interviews with Jordan's friends, family, and teammates, and following his career from college to the NBA. Full description
[00:42:20] David: Not only is Michael Jordan probably the greatest basketball player who ever lived, you could make the argument that he was better at his job than anybody else has been as good at their job in history. Reading his biography changed my life. I was a Michael Jordan fan when I was a kid. I don't have time to watch basketball now, I'm busy, but I'm actually standing on it right now. I record on my podcast standing up because I try to bring energy every day, but my foot is on Michael Jordan: The Life. It's a 694-page biography of Michael Jordan.
The reason I say that book changed my life is this idea of practice. How many people want to get to the NBA? A ton, millions. How many get? 400 maybe. How many people get to the Dream Team in Barcelona in '92, which might be the greatest basketball team of all time? 15 people. A subset of a subset of a subset. Michael's tired. He'd been playing nonstop, back-to-back. He's like, "Man, I really want to take some time off. I don't want to spend my summer for the Olympics, but I'm going to go." He goes, "I want to see their practice habits. We're all the best of the best, what am I doing that's different than what they're doing?"
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I would highly recommend Michael Jordan. From the very beginning, he was attentive, clear and precise with his direction, quick to respond and helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He assisted in making this process much smoother than I could have ever anticipated and I was very happy with the outcome. I would not hesitate for a... 041b061a72