Considered by many the greatest basketball player in NBA history, Michael Jordan started from the bottom like everybody else, and a long time ago, he was just known as an up and coming star in college. Jordan made his mark at the University of North Carolina, and in a recent interview on ‘Good Morning America’ said that was a turning point in establishing his presence.
Something a lot of people forget is that apart from winning six NBA championships, Jordan also won the NCAA tournament in 1982. UNC was playing against Georgetown, who had a young Patrick Ewing on their team. Jordan made himself known after hitting a game-winning shot that gave UNC the lead and, ultimately, the title. That jump shot turned Jordan into a star well known the country, and people saw that sky is the limit for that young kid.
Jordan said that up until that point, he was known as Mike Jordan, but that game changed a lot, and among the fans, people recognized him as Michael Jordan.
“Up until that point, nobody knew who I was. I was a college kid other than the university, and I was just known as Mike Jordan. When I hit that shot, my whole name became Michael Jordan. I think it resonated with a lot of people outside of UNC. I started pilling on that name itself from the successes that I endured throughout the rest of my career. It wasn’t about Mike, and it was more about Michael.”