The inspiring and inspirational biography, The Jordan Rules, By Sam Smith, was a fantastic book for me to read and interact with because of the connections I could make to it. Michael Jordan was not only the best athlete to ever live but was also the most gifted and talented player to ever enter the NBA. Michael attended Laney High School where he grew up at in North Carolina. As a sophomore in High school Michael was cut from the basketball team, therefore it gave him the fire to strive to be the best basketball player he could be. Do to this; Michael earned a scholarship to the University of North Carolina. From the very beginning of Michael’s career at North Carolina he proved that he would become a very good player. Soon the Michael Jordan Phenomenon erupted and a star was born.
Sam Smith does a great job at describing the little details in which makes the book so interesting to go in depth with and make connections to. As a reader this helped me understand the book and not just task the reading. I really liked how Sam Smith described Michael Jordan’s impact on the city of Chicago as he became a bull. Before Jordan came to the Bulls, the United Centers average attendance was 6,365. In Michaels first year at the United center the average attendance was 11,887(34-35). Michael’s star power was so great that the city of Chicago expected a ton of the new and improved Bulls team. Even some of the players that were already on the team salaries’ were decreasing due to the presence of Jordan. Scotty Pippen’s first contract consisted of about 765,000 dollars in 1990(78-79). He and Michael really didn’t worry about the money as soon as they found out what they had to look forward to as the Bulls team leaders.
This book was great for me to read because I could understand what the players and coaches were talking about, because I have a love for the game and it helps me relate to what the players are going through. This book really affected the way I look at the game of basketball now. I realized the in order to succeed you got to have tons of confidence every time you walk out on the court. “You got to expect things of yourself before you can do them (165-166).” I love this quote by Jordan because it allowed me to understand that saying is essential for not only basketball but every other sport I play.
The Jordan Rules was full of imagery that allowed me to feel like I was really on the floor or in the locker room with the team. While I was reading the book I felt like sometimes I was the sixth man of the team, reason being is because the book described the scene of the games as if you were watching from the bench or the floor. I really enjoyed that because it made me want to keep reading the book. “The 1990s model Jordan drives to the basket (178-179).” I liked how Sam Smith used the word “model” because it showed how good Michael was at the game of basketball, almost as if he were a perfect player.
This book is one of the only books that I have been able to fully understand and enjoy at the same time. I would recommend this book to any athlete that has a love for basketball. It taught me things that I could use on and off the court and allowed me to make strong connections to daily life as a basketball player. And for anyone else that reads this book, they would also feel the same way. I really enjoyed learning about how much of an impact Michael Jordan had on the city of Chicago and on the game of Basketball. When I play I try to visualize what he did to perform at the highest level and put that towards me game, just by reading a book I am able to do that. That was what I loved so much about The Jordan Rules.