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Old 01-12-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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It's the "story" of legend, even if the story was always a fictional tale. Michael Jordan, regarded for over a decade to be the best basketball player ever, was supposedly "cut" from his high school basketball team during his sophomore year. Jordan has brought it up endlessly, writers like Bob Greene and David Halberstam trumpeted the tale, and the idea that the Best Player Ever could not be included amongst the 10-best players in tiny Laney High School in Wilmington, N.C., back in 1979 tends to boggle the mind.
It should boggle the mind, because it isn't true. Not just that he wasn't amongst the 10 best, Jordan clearly was, but because MJ was never really "cut." He was sent to the JV team by a 26-year-old coach who was recently brilliantly profiled by Thomas Lake at Sports Illustrated. Coach Clifton Herring is a man who probably didn't think he'd be the subject of anything having to do with Sports Illustrated at the time, much less 30-some years later.
It is a long (for the blog generation) but worthwhile read that cuts to the ever-shrinking core of Jordan, the person whose accomplishments need no inflating, but someone who has taken self-aggrandizing to a new level in the same way that he dominated the game of basketball for two decades after that "cut."

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So apparently, MJ wasn't cut from the varsity team. He was just put on the JV team to help develop his skill.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

Oh great. Next you're going to tell me George Washington never cut down the cherry tree.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:11 PM   #3
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I would deny til i die if I were the one cutting Michael Jordan
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

this....playing on the JV team instead of the Varsity team in your soph year does not = Getting Cut from your team


as sophmore in Highschool...especially in the late 70's.....very rarely did Frosh or Soph make the Varsity team....

MJ played on the JV sqaud instead of the varsity team his soph year...he played on the Varsity the following 2 years where he dominated.


some reporter wrote the story to prop up MJ....



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this....playing on the JV team instead of the Varsity team in your soph year does not = Getting Cut from your team

Yes it does.
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Old 01-12-2012, 12:57 PM   #6
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

Like what one of the posters said: if you were the idiot who cut Michael Jordan, would you ever admit to it?

And even so; let's assume he was just sent to the JV team, if you've ever played basketball...that is indeed a cut. The two are not one in the same.
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which wuld mean he self motivated himself
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

Ummmm...I thought this had been out for a long time now and was pretty common knowledge??
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

Idk why this is big news. It's been known that he was cut from the varsity but dominated on JV. Whoever thought he was outright cut from even playing on any team didn't pay attention.
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

For a guy that competitive being downgraded to JV team is de facto getting cut and using it as a motivation that fuels your fire.Great life attitude.
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Idk why this is big news. It's been known that he was cut from the varsity but dominated on JV. Whoever thought he was outright cut from even playing on any team didn't pay attention.
This, with that being said there are actually NBA players that were flat out cut in the NBA before their junior year or during their youth.

With that being said, 90% of high school basketball coaches don't know what the hell they are doing anyways. They just slurp over ball-hog chuckers so my advice to anyone that wants to make the high school basketball team is to idolize JR Smith, Nick Young, Jamal Crawford, and Jimmer Fredette.
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

Of course this was done to boost the legend of hard working Jordan. Insecurity breeds ego, this ego made Jordan the goat. No reason to fret about it.
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Default Re: High School Coach Claims MJ was Never Cut from Basketball Team

This was revealed SO long ago. I've known this since the 11th grade. When Obama referenced it in one of his speeches they did a fact-check thing on his speech on some news channel and they said that was a lie and revealed the real details (which are just now coming out on this story).
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This was revealed SO long ago. I've known this since the 11th grade. When Obama referenced it in one of his speeches they did a fact-check thing on his speech on some news channel and they said that was a lie and revealed the real details (which are just now coming out on this story).

Ah. Well, I found out today. They were discussing it on some news report.
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