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    Default Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    For those of you who never read this open letter published a few years back, or for people who have just got into the game, I figured I'd post it for those curious. Or for people who wanted to re-read it for inspiration or for nostalgic purposes. It's well written, and it always gets me choked up. With out further a due, Michael Jordan's letter to basketball.

    "Dear Basketball,

    It's been almost 28 years since the first day we met. 28 years since I
    saw you in the back of our garage. 28 years since my parents
    introduced us.

    If someone would have told me then, what would become of us, I'm not
    sure I would have believed them. I barely remembered your name.

    Then I started seeing you around the neighborhood and watching you on
    television. I used to see you with guys down at the playground. But
    when my older brother started paying more attention to you, I started
    to wonder. Maybe you were different.

    We hung out a few times. The more I got to know you, the more I liked
    you. And as life would have it, when I finally got really interested
    in you, when I was finally ready to get serious, you left me off the
    varsity. You told me I wasn't good enough.

    I was crushed. I was hurt. I think I even cried.

    Then I wanted you more than ever. So I practiced. I hustled. I worked
    on my game. Passing. Dribbling. Shooting. Thinking. I ran. I did
    sit-ups. I did push-ups. I did pull-ups. I lifted weights. I studied
    you. I began to fall in love and you noticed. At least that's what
    Coach Smith said.

    At the time, I wasn't sure exactly what was going on. But now I know.
    Coach Smith was teaching me how to love you, how to listen to you, how
    to understand you, how to respect you and how to appreciate you. Then
    it happened. That night, at the Louisiana Superdome in the final
    seconds of the championship game against Georgetown, you found me in
    the corner and we danced.

    Since then, you've become much more than just a ball to me. You've
    become more than just a court. More than just a hoop. More than just a
    pair of sneakers. More than just a game.

    In some respects, you've become my life. My passion. My motivation. My
    inspiration.

    You've my biggest fan and my harshest critic. You're my dearest friend
    and my strongest ally. You're my most challenging teacher and my most
    endearing student. You're my ultimate teammate and my toughest
    competitor. You're my passport around the world and my visa into the
    hearts of millions.

    So much has changed since the first day we met, and to a large degree,
    I have you to thank. So if you haven't heard me say it before, let me
    say it now for the world to hear. Thank you. Thank you, Basketball.
    Thank you for everything.

    Thank you for all the players who came before me. Thank you for all
    the players who went into battle with me. Thank you for the
    championships and the rings. Thank you for the All-Star Games and the
    Playoffs. Thank you for the last shots, the buzzer-beaters, the hard
    fouls, the victories and the defeats. Thank you for making me earn my
    keep. Thank you for #23. Thank you for North Carolina and Chicago.
    Thank you for the air and the nickname. Thank you for the moves and
    the hang time. Thank you for the Slam-Dunk Contest. Thank you for the
    will and the determination, the heart and the soul, the pride and the
    courage. Thank you for the competitive spirits and the competition to
    challenge it. Thank you for the failures and the setbacks, the
    blessings and the applause. Thank you for the triangle. Thank you for
    baseball and the Barons. Thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for the
    assistant coaches, the trainers, and the physical therapists. Thank
    you for the announcers, the refs, the writers, the reporters, the
    broadcasters and the radio stations. Thank you for the Pistons and the
    Lakers, the Cavs and the Knicks, the Sixers and the Celtics. Thank you
    for Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Utah. Thank you for the Wizards.
    Thank you for the believers and the doubters. Thank you for Coach
    Smith, Coach Loughery, Coach Albeck, Coach Collins and Coach Jackson.
    Thank you for the education and the experience. Thank you for teaching
    me the game behind, beneath, within, above and around the game

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Reminds me of Dear Summer.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Quote Originally Posted by Timmy D for MVP
    ^I thought it was gonna be Jordan with that Haddaway song,lol.
    Roxbury Style.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    They have some good writers over at Nike.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    so thats why gilbert arenas made that letter....

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobe681
    so thats why gilbert arenas made that letter....
    Do you mean Wade?

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    Quote Originally Posted by totoro
    Do you mean Wade?
    haha, yeah my bad. idk why i said gil.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    wow thats deep. Never read this before.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Nice read

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Haha, that made you choke up?

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Man I love this game.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    o man... i remember this...

    reminded me a lot of common's i used to love h.e.r.

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    i'd never seen that before. where was it printed?

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    Default Re: Open Love Letter to Basketball ~ Michael Jordan

    Im not sure who I hate more, Osama Bin Laden or Michael Jordan

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