February 17, 2013 11:51 AM by Wade Blogs
February 17, 1963 in the midst of the Civill Rights movement, a star was born.
February 17, 1963 in the beginnings of the National Basketball Association, a star was born.
February 17, 1963 fifty years ago today, a star was born.
That star was Michael Jeffrey Jordan. A man who needs no introduction who has become one of the most recognized names and faces in the world. MJ turns 50 years old today and for those who has the opportunity to witness him play, you know that this milestone is well deserved. He was gifted with skill by the Lord yet found his own weaknesses and turned them into strengths. Relentless on the court, he was known as a gym rat while never giving up or giving in. We all have our own memories of Michael Jordan, mine will be the All Star games and the 97 and 98 Finals against the Jazz.
I don’t care what anyone says. There will never be another MJ. You may find someone with more points, titles, and MVPs but they will all be attributed to using Michael as an example. MJ made his whole team better because that is how special he was. Off the court, he was and still is a marketing and branding pro. His shoes sell for $150 at least and they are the best of the best. You don’t build a brand like that off fake achievements.
MJ played in the golden era of NBA basketball. If he had the technology and the treatment capabilities of today’s athletes, he would be even better. So forget the Kobe or LeBron talk. MJ never had an arrogant nickname like the BlackMamba or King James, he played the game and let his game develop his nickname: Air Jordan.
Two things that will last for me for ever are the Jordan wings poster and the “Like Mike” song.