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I figured that such idiocy should be attached to a name. I failed at that but learned more about MJ. No surprise that even then he worked his ass off, but he is such a beast that he even grew 4 inches when he needed to. Now THAT is will power!
Not sure if it was the same coach his sophomore and junior years, but the odds probably favor it. I wonder what their record was that year without him.Michael Jordan Didn't Make Varsity—At First
In 1978, Michael Jordan was just another kid in the gym, along with 50 or so of his classmates, trying out for the Emsley A. Laney High School varsity basketball team. There were 15 roster spots. Jordan—then a 15-year-old sophomore who was only 5'10" and could not yet dunk a basketball—did not get one. His close friend, 6'7'' sophomore Leroy Smith, did ("the only sophomore to make the team"). The team was in need of his length. "It was embarrassing not making the team," Jordan later said. He went home, locked himself in his room and cried.
Then he picked himself up and turned the cut into motivation. "Whenever I was working out and got tired and ﬁgured I ought to stop, I'd close my eyes and see that list in the locker room without my name on it," Jordan would explain. "That usually got me going again."
Jordan, using that sizable chip on his shoulder to his advantage, spent his sophomore year as the star of the junior varsity team. He put up multiple 40-point games and attracted crowds that were unprecedented for a JV affair.
The summer leading into his junior year, Jordan began to morph. In 1979 he grew 4 inches and worked out constantly. That year he made the varsity squad and instantly became Laney High's best player, averaging more than 20 points a game. Despite having secured his spot on the team, Jordan's work ethic didn't drop off. His senior year he averaged a triple-double and led Laney High to a 19-4 record. Jordan capped off his high school career in style, being named a McDonald's All-American. He wasn't yet His Airness, but he was well on his way.
Speaking of Rudy, WTF?