MJ’s pro career began in the 1984 NBA draft, when the bulls selected him third overall after Sam Bowie and Hakeem Olajuwon. Jordan quickly improved the Bulls franchise by generating more wins and winning rookie of the year. The young rookie also won gold in the 1984 Olympics on the men’s national team. Due to Michael Jordan’s unmatched talent, a great abundance of individuals gained interest in the game of basketball (Legends Profile: Michael Jordan). In 1985, Michael Jordan signed with Nike and created the first of over thirty Air Jordan models, the Air Jordan 1, which would forever alter the sneaker culture (Michael Jordan Timeline).
In 2004 Shaq was coming off of his third straight championship along Kobe Bryant and the Lakers. The Magic in 2004 had just clinched the number one overall pick. A typical sign of being terrible. It was good fortune for the Magic though because they got to select Dwight Howard straight out of high school with the first overall pick in the 2004 draft. Similarities between O’neal and Howard naturally came about.
Obtaining a Superstar All NBA Finals teams have different rosters with unique players and very good players. Every NBA Finals team needs players with specific skill sets that allow them to have profound effects on the game even if they are not all around superstars. Effective rebounders, great shooters, and tough defenders are all important parts of the equation for an NBA Finals team, but every NBA Finals team must have a superstar on their team. Out of the last 15 teams to win the NBA Finals only one has won without a superstar player on their team; that team is the Detroit Pistons of 2004 and they had a very strong defensive unit led by outstanding defensive physical post play. But a superstar is essential to a team because they are the centerpiece of an offense that draws the defense’s attention and allows all of the other players on a team to have opportunities to thrive.
The one person that tops that list to me is Michael Jordan, a shooting guard in the NBA who played 15 seasons and left a significant mark on the league. What makes basketball players earn their place in the debate of the GOAT depends on several criteria including; championships rings, awards, and self performance, all of which Michael Jordan substantially meets to be crowned the GOAT basketball player. Possibly one of the most heated topics when discussing basketball players is the amount of rings they win. Championships show how great the players performed because they are the end goal of every single season. It is what players want to win every single year, at the end of every single season, and the greatest players find a way to do so.
That NBA draft Kobe was drafted 13th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats, but then traded to the LA Lakers. In Kobe’s basketball career he went on to win 5 NBA Championships, 1 MVP award, NBA All-Rookie Team, 3 time All-NBA team, 3 time All-defensive Team, 2 time NBA finals MVP, 3 time NBA All-star game MVP, and the defensive player of the year. Outside of the NBA Kobe has won 2 Gold olympic medals for basketball. Ever since a young age Kobe knew that he was going to make it big. He did this all because of his amazing work ethic and love for the game.
If there are any criticisms for this book it would stem from the over utilization of the spotlight placed on 5’3 guard Bogues. Bogues who became a Perennial superstar in the NBA, definitely deserved praise, however, Danois may have “ran the well dry” by continuously placing the limelight on Bogues with stories such as “When the fans saw “Mugsy” announced during the starting lineup, snickers and laughter came raining down from the stands” (3:45-3:46) and then Bogues would continue to show the crowd how good he was and he would always earn their respect. That story seemed to repeat itself throughout the narrative and began to get washed. By continuously placing the attention on Bogues, Danois missed an opportunity to give other players, coaches or mentors more background. Ultimately, this led to a somewhat unbalanced amount of information placed on certain people compared to others.
With his sensational displays at Botafogo, nobody was particularly surprised when Garrincha was called up to the 1958 World Cup national squad. That Brazil team was especially famous for its attacking prowess, with Garrincha, Didi, Vavá, Mário Zagallo and a 17-year-old Pelé providing the ammunition. After sitting out the first two games, Garrincha started against the formidable Soviet Union; it took him only three minutes to throw the opposition into disarray by dribbling past two defenders and hitting the post. Brazil eventually won the game 2-0, with Garrincha 's impressive performance ensuring that he started every game from there on out. After setting up the first two of his side 's goals in the final against Sweden – which Brazil won in dominating fashion 5-2 – Garrincha was voted to the World Cup 's All-Star Team.
Wilt had only been on two NBA teams during his career, the Philadelphia Warriors, and later on he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, but most of his acclaimed success came from when he was a Warrior. He made a great impact on America through his phenomenal athleticism, his unbreakable records, and his 100 points in a game. Wilton Chamberlain made a huge impact on America through his phenomenal athleticism. As a pure athlete, Wilt put the National Basketball Association of his time to shame. He had an unreal vertical leap of 50 inches, which makes his vertical leap higher than that of the greatest player of all time,
“[However,] in 2013 he moved to Bayer Leverkusen for a club record [of] €10 million [to play] in the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League” (Wiki). Son kept up his hard work and a couple years later “he signed [with] Tottenham for £22 million” (Wiki). Additionally, “his brilliant performance[s] contributed to his selection for the national team” (Football). Son continues to contribute to the national team and is a very promising player as he started “for the South Korean U17 team”
Although many have not heard his name, George Mumford was the mastermind behind some of the NBA’s biggest moments. Although fans of the NBA (National Basketball Association) can recall the league's most exciting plays, many fail to see how Mumford’s lessons on mindfulness behind the scenes made them possible. Growing up George Mumford had the identical dream of thousands of kids across the United States; to play in the NBA. Unfortunately, he struggled with back problems early on in his college career, and later fought with alcohol addiction. These struggles forced Mumford to make his mark in the NBA in a different way.