When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordans Last Comeback by Michael LeahyAs one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one had before.
As one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one had before. Powered by a potent mix of charisma, nearly superhuman abilities, and a ferocious need to dominate the game, he won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and captured every basketball award and accolade conceivable before retiring and taking a top executive post with the Washington Wizards. But retirement didnt suit the man who was once king, and at the advanced age of thirty-eight Michael Jordan set out to reclaim the court that had been his dominion. When Nothing Else Matters is the definitive account of Jordans equally spectacular and disastrous return to basketball. Washington Post writer Michael Leahy reveals the striking contrast between the public Jordan and the man whose personal style alienated teammates and the Washington owner who ousted him.
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His biography on the official NBA website states: "By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels' national championship team in Jordan joined the Bulls in as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a league star and entertained crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the free throw line in Slam Dunk Contests , earned him the nicknames Air Jordan and His Airness. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball.
Jordan had an outstanding college career, but left the University of North Carolina after his junior year when he was selected by the Chicago Bulls as the third-overall pick in the first round of the NBA draft. Jordan helped the Bulls make the playoffs in each of his first six seasons on the team. In , he got to his first NBA finals, where he led his team to the first of three consecutive championships. Shaken and disillusioned by the murder of his father and an NBA investigation into allegations of illegal betting of which he was eventually cleared , Jordan announced his retirement from basketball in He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox baseball team and was assigned to a White Sox affiliate team, the Birmingham Barons. Though his very presence on the field drew crowds, Jordan batted only. By March , he had decided to put down his bat and return to the basketball court.
On September 25, , Jordan announced his return to the NBA from his first retirement during the –95 season. sold out, and the Wizards were the second most-watched.
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After a about a year-and-a-half away from the NBA , Michael Jordan issued that famous, brief press release to announce his return to the game during the season. A day later, on March 19, , M. Despite having spent his break from the game focused on baseball, Jordan finished with 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, just confirming how much better than everyone else he still was. Jack Maloney lives and writes in Milwaukee, where, like the Bucks, he is trying to own the future. Full Bio. Up next:.
Sign in. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to raise a family, so they moved the family to Wilmington, North Carolina. As a youngster, Michael immediately became interested in sports. However, it was baseball not basketball that was his first love.