He was the billion dollar king of the court and Michael Jordan had it all – the talent, the toys and the women who threw themselves at his feet.
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He publicly snubbed Magic and never forgave him ‘I almost had to break his hand. Vaccaro said they’d throw a car into the deal and pay him $2.5 million over five years with a 25 percent royalty on each shoe sold.
It was unprecedented, given Jordan was headed for the Bulls, a team poorly managed and under the shadow of its hard partying culture of the ‘70s. Jordan’s play, the ban and marketing sent sales through the roof earning Nike $150 million in Air Jordan sales over the first three years.
The Klan bought uniforms for ball teams and Bibles for all the schools.
White supremacy ruled the South and black athletes were told they were inferior.
The mean words were a challenge to his adolescent masculinity.
The backyard battles between him and his older brother, Larry, the favored son, set the pattern for his relentless drive and how he related to teammates throughout his whole career. The large baby she was carrying came suddenly and was delivered on a hospital gurney, struggling to breathe with his lungs filled with mucous.This setback was deeply disappointing and ignited an obsession to grow taller.Attempting to alleviate the boy’s anxiety, his mother told him to put salt in his shoes and pray for a growth spurt.The team's away games became an addiction for his parents who traveled to every game but they could hardly afford it. When Vaccaro first saw Jordan, he was the best player he had ever seen and he suggested Nike create a whole product line around Michael – Air Jordan.Snub: Michael took offense to the star Magic Johnson when he learned that Lakers star had encouraged the team owner Jerry Buss to trade Michael's pal James Worthy. At 21, Michael didn’t care about the shoe business and wanted to wear Adidas.He was also born with a nosebleed, a condition that caused him to have frequent nosebleeds until he was five-years-old.