Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland LazenbyThe definitive biography of a legendary athlete
The Shrug. The Shot. The Flu Game. Michael Jordan is responsible for sublime moments so ingrained in sports history that they have their own names. When most people think of him, they think of his beautiful shots with the game on the line, his body totally in sync with the ball -- hitting nothing but net.
But for all his greatness, this scion of a complex family from North Carolinas Coastal Plain has a darker side: hes a ruthless competitor and a lover of high stakes. Theres never been a biography that encompassed the dual nature of his character and looked so deeply at Jordan on and off the court -- until now.
Basketball journalist Roland Lazenby spent almost thirty years covering Michael Jordans career in college and the pros. He witnessed Jordans growth from a skinny rookie to the instantly recognizable global ambassador for basketball whose business savvy and success have millions of kids still wanting to be just like Mike. Yet Lazenby also witnessed the Michael Jordan whose drive and appetite are more fearsome and more insatiable than any of his fans could begin to know. Michael Jordan: The Life explores both sides of his personality to reveal the fullest, most compelling story of the man who is Michael Jordan.
Lazenby draws on his personal relationships with Jordans coaches; countless interviews with Jordans friends, teammates, and family members; and interviews with Jordan himself to provide the first truly definitive study of Michael Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.
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Michael Jordan is known as the greatest basketball player of all time. He's also the richest. Jordan Brand via Getty Images. Source: Business Insider. Source: Forbes , Spotrac , Basketball-Reference. Source: Money. Source: Forbes.
The one simply known as MJ. He is considered by many to be the greatest player to ever play the game of basketball. Many fans take the jingles they've heard, the movies they've watched Space Jam, Come Fly With Me , and the sneakers they've worn, couple that with the oft regurgitated stats and accolades and multiply it by Jordan's dominance of 90's basketball. By most accounts this is accepted as fact. There is no problem with the opinion that Michael Jordan is the greatest of all time. There are certainly opinions that hold a lot less credibility. The problem comes when people make him out to be more than what he was.
As of 2015, he was reportedly making $100 million a year from Nike royalties alone.
Although he was chosen third overall in the NBA Draft and initially didn't make his varsity basketball team in high school, Michael Jordan would go on to have arguably the greatest basketball career of all time. Six NBA championships. Jordan was even so influential during his reign, that he's credited with starting the baggy shorts fad when he required bigger shorts so he could continue wearing his University of North Carolina shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls gear during every game. The game is certainly one of Jordan's most memorable performances, but the flu might not have been to blame for Jordan's sickness. Tim Grover, Michael Jordan's former personal trainer, recounted what happened the night before:. Yes, percent poisoned for 'The Flu Game'. Everyone called it a 'Flu Game,' but we sat there and we were in the room, we were in Park City, Utah, up in a hotel.