Dimensions: 156 pages
Published: September 20, 1998
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0609602063
ISBN - 13: 9780609602065
Read from the Book
After we beat Georgetown for the Championship, I told my father about the dream. He paused for a moment and said, "Your life will never be the same after that shot. Your life is going to change son." I thought, "Well, that''s just my father talking. Of course he''s going to think that about his son. And besides, no one really knows one way or another." I never paid much attention to what my father said that day--until now. When I think of my career, where I have come from, where it all began, and all that I have accomplished along the way, I realize everything did change after that game. Not just basketball but my life. I think my father saw some things in me that I couldn''t see in myself. At first, I just thought it was a father''s pride, the voicing of hopes and dreams for a son to be successful. I saw his comments more in the context of a motivational speech a father might give a son. I can''t say for sure that way back then he envisioned what would happen to me. But I look at my children now and I can detect certain attributes-which of them is going to be the better athlete, who is going to be more successful, what kind of work they will do. I can tell you some of those things about my children, so I''m pretty sure my father was able to do the same with us. Maybe he could tell whether one of his children had a special talent, a special sense of himself. Maybe he knew one of his sons, for whatever reason, was touched by some special spiritual inspirati
From the Publisher
For 13 brilliant seasons Michael Jordan danced the dance of greatness across hardwood floors of basketball arenas from New York to Los Angeles to Barcelona and Paris. With a warrior''s heart and an artist''s grace, Jordan long ago transcended the sport to become one of the 20th century''s global icons.
On the court, his almost mythic flair for the spectacular prompted former Los Angeles Laker superstar Magic Johnson to say simply, "There''s Michael, then there''s all the rest of us."
Off the court, Jordan''s ability to alter markets and drive the business of his marketing partners is unprecedented.
Through it all, Jordan showed the world that greatness, true greatness, comes from the inside out. He remains perhaps the greatest practice player in the history of sports, his desire to improve upon his own example legendary. When critics questioned his all-around ability, he became the game''s most dominant defensive player at his position. When teams decided to close down the lane and eliminate drives to the basket, he became a deadly jump shooter. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson had the most successfully teams of the 1980s but never won more than two consecutive championships. The Bulls won three straight--twice.
In For the Love of the Game, Jordan takes us through the wonder of his career on the court and away from the game. From the dream that preceded the game-winning shot against Georgetown in the 1982 NCAA Finals to the methodical dissection of the Utah Jazz prior to his game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1998 Finals, Jordan pulls back the curtain on one of the most remarkable lives this century.
From Our Editors
He made basketball seem like ballet -- an elegant, flowing art form. Like a mythic god sporting with mere mortals, he awed basketball superstars from Magic Johnson to Larry Bird, not to mention basketball enthusiasts worldwide. Michael Jordanwas a basketball legend before his freshman year in college. Now, read his spectacular biography For the Love of the Game: My Story chronicles his meteoric rise to basketball superstardom. From the gold-medal winning team at the 1984 Olympics to his last game as a member of the Chicago Bulls, you'll find it all here. This slam-dunking biography includes more than 200 photographs.