Outside my being a sportswriter, I’m also a sports fan.
And I’m fortunate to see one of the greatest athletes to ever play the game of basketball — Michael Jordan.
By the time he officially retired from pro basketball in 2003 after his two-year return in the NBA via the Washington Wizards, he left the league with a thick resume.
Six-time NBA champion or a pair of “Three-peats” during his dominant years with the Chicago Bulls (1991–1993 and 1996–1998), six-time NBA Finals MVP, five-time regular season MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and a whole lot more.
Although he retired 13 years ago, Jordan’s name remains recognizable because of the impact he left in the game of basketball.
Some of today’s current NBA stars for sure, idolized Jordan and perhaps, even wished they would someday play and “Be like Mike”, a jingle that Gatorade popularized in a commercial during the 1990s.
But unknown to many, Jordan’s path to basketball immortality wasn’t handed to him on a silver platter. He had to work for it, fight for his dreams and go through tremendous adversities.
In my new book SPORTS ICONS, I touched on a specific adversity Jordan had to go through before winning not just his first, but six NBA championships.
Adversity. Whether you’re a sports fanatic or not, we all face it in varying degrees.
Similar words that associate with the word adversity include difficulty, trouble, hardship, distress, suffering or misery.
But how we respond to it will determine how far or high we’ll go as we chase that dream and fulfil our God-given purpose in life.
For more of SPORTS ICONS, and how you can get a copy, here’s a link – http://www.richarddy.com/sports-icons/