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The story of Michael Jordan's sons and how good they actually were at basketball

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Being a child of a superstar athlete seems like a dream come true. The lifestyle and fame you are born into is the most fun you could ever imagine as a young kid, but it comes with a price. Every step you take will be judged, compared, and in the shadow of your parent, as the pressure often leads to failure in your eyes. So I guess being the son of Michael Jordan and trying to be a basketball player is one hell of a job. Jeffrey and Marcus Jordan would know all about that.

MJ is the best to ever do it, a player that could do it all on the court with his speed, jumping ability, size, massive hands, and killer instinct. All traits and skills that were just coded into his DNA. Almost everybody knows who Michael Jordan is, but it is not a common fact that he has two sons, that both tried their luck in basketball.

Genetics is a complicated thing. In theory, you receive some gens from your father and some from your mother. But it seems MJ's sons got the short end of the stick when it comes to their father's genes. They didn't have the amazing leaping ability, pure basketball intangibles, and the killer instinct, but that doesn't mean these two brothers are bad players by any means.

MJ's older son Jeffrey didn't get his dad's height, as he only grew to be 6'1''. All kinds of hype started increasing when he entered high school, as the name on his back had everybody expecting the second coming of Michael. But already after his sophomore season, it would turn down a notch, as fans worldwide would realize Jeffrey is not the kind of player his dad is. Finishing his high school career, Jeffrey would not have much to show for it, as a few small schools were only recruiting him without a scholarship from any major universities.

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In the end, he would join the basketball team at the University of Illinois as a walk-on and impress the coaching staff enough to get a full-ride scholarship by his second year. It wouldn't make much a difference, as he would leave the school just a few months after. Shortly after that, Jeffrey enrolled in the University of Central Florida, where he would play for one year along with his younger brother Marcus. His stats were pretty low, but he would at least get some D1 playing experience. Most people thought he got the chance because of his last name, but Jeffrey was a good player by usual standards. Just not what everybody else expected.

Now we go onto the younger son, Marcus Jordan. Marcus was by many the better one and a pretty darn good basketball player. A bit taller than his brother at 6'3'', he played as an undersized shooting guard known for pure scoring ability. During his high school career, Marcus was a solid three-star recruit, as he received attention from colleges, unlike his brother, and eventually signed with the Univerity of Central Florida.

He would prove he has game in his first year at UCF, earning All-Conference Freshman Team honors. He had a solid D1 career, but he is mainly remembered for the brand incident after he decided to wear Nike gear to support his father instead of Adidas gear, which UCF had a contract with. It would create a problem in which millions of dollars were in play, with Michael Jordan again overshadowing his son's career.

In the end, both Jeffrey and Marcus had solid college careers and are great basketball players. But in the eyes of the media and Michael Jordan fans, they failed. But even if they made it to the next level or became NBA stars, they would still probably be in the shadow of their father and not good enough. It shows how being the son of the greatest basketball player ever is very demanding and challenging, no matter how good it sounds.

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