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.
Michael Jordan Comeback as Wizard
Michael Jordan was one of the greatest players to ever play the game and is considered by many to be the best ever. He was a dominant offensive player who could score as well as anyone and as good as a perimeter defender as there has been. He was also a winner as he led the Bulls to six championships in the '90s in two different sets of threepeats. In the beginning of his career, Jordan was a dominant individual player, but he was overshadowed by the greatness of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, who were both legends on championships contending teams. On the other hand, Jordan's Bulls weren't a championship contender until the early '90s Jordan's th season when Scottie Pippen became a great all around player and the majority the great teams in the '80 had declined. However, once he had a good enough supporting cast, he completely dominated the league for the majority of the decade and cemented himself as a legend of the game and the best player in the decade. However, he retired after he led the Bulls to their first three peat for over a year and a half before coming back and leading the team to another three peat.
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. He would play catch in the yard with his father, who loved baseball.
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.
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.