Michael Jordan: The Life
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The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time.
Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and decades in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.
When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now.
retreated back downstairs to reflect quietly alone. “Things had been up and down,” he said later, “but we had had this one goal together, and despite our differences, we had focused on that one goal. I told the guys, ‘A back-to-back championship is the mark of a great team.’ We had passed the demarcation point. Winning that second title set us apart.” A few days later in Grant Park, Pippen again told hundreds of thousands of people that Chicago was going for a three-peat. The crowd cheered in
means of growing their own food and often needed to borrow money just to eat and pay the bills. Some forty-five thousand landless farm families lived in cramped, one- and two-room shacks with no indoor plumbing and nothing but sheets of newspaper to cover cracks and holes in the walls and ceilings. Only a third of the sharecropper homes even had an outhouse. The unsanitary conditions explained to a large degree the high rate of disease and infant mortality among landless farm families, the
on the street, you didn’t know which Pop you were going to be talking to. It was very sad. Mental disease is such a traumatic thing.” Even so, Gattison said that Herring’s legacy as a coach was Jordan’s career, not because he kept Jordan off the varsity as a sophomore, but because of the many thoughtful decisions he made on Jordan’s behalf. “Back then in high school ball it was almost an automatic. If you were six four, you were considered a big man,” Gattison said. “You were considered a center
Chicago Bulls suffered two late losses to the New York Knicks that improved their draft status. Critics cracked that the Bulls were simply making their way through yet another disastrous season, only to follow it up with equally disastrous draft picks. The architect of these failed draft selections was the team’s general manager, Rod Thorn, a self-deprecating gentleman of the Southern Appalachians who admitted freely the team’s longtime struggles in drafting and finding players. In 1979, the
that the fat checks Vaccaro wrote them cleared. In basketball in 1978, you could buy your way into a hell of a lot of good graces. Sonny Vaccaro would transform Nike into living proof of that axiom. Just looking at Vaccaro in his rumpled warm-up suits with a day’s shadow of fuzz on his face made Billy Packer laugh. “It would be another thing if he was a Wall Street executive or a Madison Avenue hotshot,” Packer said. “But that’s not what he was. He was a guy from the streets. Basketball wasn’t